Geography

“Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live” Royal Geography Society2012 JS Geography

This definition is at the heart of the work of the Geography Department at St Edmund’s Junior School. We encourage pupils to appreciate their surroundings and the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface.  Our aim is to foster in pupils a sense of personal enquiry about the world around them and to encourage them to develop an informed knowledge of the local, national and world environment.

As children progress through the school they study both physical and human geography. At each level new skills are woven into the lessons. The children learn how to draw and interpret maps and diagrams; develop their research skills; investigate and analyse current issues in the world; write clear, logical explanations using the correct geographical vocabulary; and present their ideas to an audience. The syllabus includes topics such as Globalisation, Development and Urban Regeneration but many of the traditional themes, such as Rivers, Coasts and Plate Tectonics continue to inspire.

The subject offers great opportunities for pupils to take part in field work, locally and nationally.