What is Geography?
Geography is about people and places.  It is the teaching of the physical environment, the people living in the environment, and the interaction between the two.
The Aims

The aims of the department are to foster an understanding of the world we live in, the physical processes that operate, how our interaction can affect the world and how we are able to deal with the consequences of these interactions.  This is achieved by a diverse range of teaching techniques and by getting the pupils involved as much as possible.

The Curriculum

Geography is taught from Pre-Prep school onwards, initially as part of the Humanities block, and often in conjunction with History, demonstrating the close link between the two subjects.

In Years 3 and 4 Geography is taught as a discrete subject and the emphasis moves onto subjects that are purely Geographical but that also demonstrate cross curricular links, such as mountains and water.

In Year 5 industry is the topic of study.  Initially, perhaps, a topic that would seem inaccessible to 10-year-olds, but that includes looking at the food commodities and the roles of producers and consumers when commodities are traded.

In prep school Years 6 to 8, the focus moves onto the thematic topics required for Common Entrance, namely Mapskills,  Plate Tectonics, Weather and Climate, Environmental Issues, Transport and Settlement and Geomorphological Processes (rivers and coasts).

Year Group Michaelmas Lent Summer

Reception (done on a 2 year cycle and Humanities)

1 Colour & Light

2 Water

1 Materials

2 Journeys

1 Food

2 Minibeasts

Year 1


(History and Geography combined)

History topic

Where in the world is Barnaby Bear?


Year 2

History topic

The Rainforest

Trip to The Living Rainforest


(History and Geography combined)

Year 3

Study of the United Kingdom



Local Study

Trip to Brackley for local survey

Year 4


Mapping orientation central Brackley

The Mountain Environment

Water as a resource.

What do I sense for the first time

Year 5

Industry: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary

Mining or food,

Visit to Brackley Industrial Estate.

Food Commodities.

Fair Trade Chocolate, Sugar or bananas

Woodland (preparation for Bushcraft trip)

Year 6

Map skills

Cities – London CaseStudy

Weather and Climate (CE syllabus work)

Microclimate experiment within school

Research project based on venue for summer expedition.

Poole Harbour

Year 7

Geography and contemporary events. (Global issues from the holiday period)


“Geographical Magazine competition.”

Global Location

Intro to Tectonics

Plate tectonics

Plate tectonics

Responses to hazards.


Environmental Issues

Environmental Issues



Environmental Assessment of local area.

Year 8

Geomorphology and project write-up

Field trip to Isle of Purbeck

Settlement and Transport. 

Exam practice

Opportunities for practical work

There are many opportunities for the pupils to investigate first hand the topics being studied in class, whether it is a walk around school to investigate weathering, a trip into Brackley to look at urban land use and a local area study, or an investigation around school of a local microclimate. Pupils do their own primary data collection and display and interpret their results.

Opportunities for trips

Trips are organised throughout the school and recent trips out for different year groups have included the following:

The Living Rainforest in year 2

Tudor Hall Geography Day in year 4

Dorset Geography Field Trip in year 8

Opportunities for fieldwork

Geography is the only subject at Common Entrance for which a field work project is compulsory and this is carried out in year 8.  The project is based on the annual three day trip to The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset .  This is a wonderful trip to a UNESCO World Heritage site to investigate the physical coastal landforms as well as look at the impacts of tourism.  The pupils get to do lots of data collection, visit some of the most beautiful scenery in southern England and to produce a project out of the results collected.

ICT in Geography

Geography incorporates many modern technologies including remote sensing, digital photography and the use of mobile devices.  There is strong liasion with the ICT department, especially for completing C.E Geography projects.