Understanding our Changing Environment

The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It informs where places are, and explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. When teaching geography, we builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global. Geography is an ever changing subject with new discoveries based scientific research and it is essential that thsee new ideas are reflected in the content taught. Although some aspects of the subject have changed little in the last few years – such as how coasts are eroded by the sea or the study of plate tectonics, other aspects of the subject have changed enormously – from the challenge of global warming on our environment; to how Brexit will impact on our economy and all of our lives in the future.

Appreciating Different Viewpoints

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Sometimes we study controversial topics where there is a wide disparity of viewpoints – a good geographer will examine all sides of an issue and understand that there is rarely a simple solution to complex issues.

Visiting our Local Environment

Fieldwork is an essential element of the subject and we attempt to have at least one opportunity for studying ‘in the field’ per year – sometimes more. We make the most of our wonderful surroundings to study topics such as rivers and use nearby Lyndhurst to study everything from retail and tourism to housing and traffic management. We also study coastal processes and management at Avon Beach in Dorset and visit Southampton to complete some urban studies work.

Becoming Responsible Global Citizens

Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps and visual images. The subject also regularly uses mathematics skills such as drawing and analysing a variety of graphs and increasingly at GCSE, the use of statistics. Lessons make use of a variety of learning activities which stimulate interest and provide variation, such as group work, completing presentations, card sorts, mysteries, video clips and model making to name but a few. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Geography Curriculum Outline

Here is a general outline of the topics studied at our school. Please note that this is principally a guide and is subject to change. THE TABLE BELOW IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3What is Geography?
Continents, Countries &
Islands (Katie Morag)Your Local Area
House Investigation
Traffic Survey
Year 4The WeatherWow, that's amazing!Rainforests
Year 5Map SkillsSettlementEaster Island
Year 6Our Hampshire HomeEnvironmentSustainable Development
Year 7TectonicsFantastic PlacesRocks & Weathering
Year 8Population & MigrationDevelopmentRivers
Year 9Emerging AsiaGlaciationCoasts
Coastal Fieldwork
Year 10Tectonics
Climate Change
Urban Issues & Challenges
Urban Area Fieldwork
The Living World
Rainforests & Deserts
Year 11Changing Economic World
Development Differences
UK Economy Changes
Resource ManagementRevision &
GCSE Exams