Geography is taught at Pinewood in the knowledge that it is a subject that is increasing in relevance to everyday life. The variety of topics covered and the continual need to update and review them as the world changes can only capture the imagination. Geography is the study of the way the world works and, as such, it is uniquely diverse. Skills and understanding develop alongside pupils’ thinking skills, allowing them to expand ideas and form opinions. Pupils participate actively in their learning; their enthusiasm and individuality are valued and they are given opportunities to complete tasks in ways that suit their learning styles. The department actively encourages and supports the use of a range of technology for individual, group and class research.
Once in the Prep School, Year 3 study recycling (to back this up in recent years we have visited a recycling centre and held Recycling WOW Days), Europe, and Under The Sea, which is brought to life through a trip to Bristol Aquarium. In Year 4 we “travel” as far as India, and learn about volcanoes (making our own explosive volcanoes!) and rainforests. In Year 5 we move on to looking at food miles, rivers & floods (including a field trip to a local stretch of river), and Africa. Year 6 broaden their geographical knowledge by examining population, natural disasters, and extreme climates. In Year 7 we look further at the geography of Europe, as well as studying globalisation and global issues. In their final year at Pinewood, Year 8 study the Olympic Village in London, ecosystems and social responsibility, as well as following Geography in the news.