Geography explains the world we live in. Planet earth is our home. The Geography department aims to help young geographers at Hilden Grange understand how wonderful, diverse, awesome yet fragile their home is. Interest in the interaction and interconnectedness between people and the world on which they live will be of value to children in many spheres beyond the classroom, and a love for learning, a respect for difference and an informed concern about the world in which we live is encouraged. Our experience is that children engage enthusiastically with Geography!
Physical and Human Geography are taught in subject specific lessons from Year 3, covering topics ranging from: tectonic activity, weather and climate, geomorphology, economic development, sustainability and tourism. Atlases, maps and other text books are issued to the children, and their own research is encouraged through these mediums and the use of ICT, as well as the sharing of their own experiences. Investigations and fieldwork form a vital part of the studies, with children enjoying the chance to get their hands dirty and feet wet, locally and further afield, such as Iceland, below, fostering a lifelong love of the subject.
Topics covered in the common entrance syllabus remain in Years 7 and 8, with the freedom to explore in more depth some issues that are current or of particular interest. A research project is carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, building on skills in primary data gathering and analysis. Separate lessons for scholars enable a deeper approach to the subject and more opportunity to focus on developing the skills of responding to and interpreting data, valuable across the curriculum.