Introduction to Geography

‘Geography is all about the living, breathing essence of the world we live in.  It explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future.’

Michael Palin, Geographical Association News

(Highfield School, Google Earth)

The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and sense of wonder about the world in which we live.  Through its study at Highfield, pupils are introduced to the skills which will enable them to begin to make sense of our multifaceted and dynamically changing world.  Geography clarifies where places are, how physical and human landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. 

Pupils build upon their own experiences to explore places at all scales, from the personal to the global; drawing on personal experiences enables them to bring more insight, interest and relevance to their studies.  Geographical enquiry, which encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking skills, is an essential element of developing the young geographer.  It forms the backbone of our work and is incorporated into the pupils’ studies wherever possible through the use of fieldwork and other practical activities.  Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and technology to obtain, present and analyse information. 

The main objectives of Highfield’s Geography Department are:

  • To foster and develop pupils enjoyment of learning and inquiring about their world;          
  • To help pupils develop a strong interest in and help them identify with their own environment;
  • To help pupils develop their understanding of the wider world and their place within it.
  • To develop an appreciation of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface and to recognise the interaction between them.  
  • To develop pupils understanding of how change can result from physical and human processes.
  • To develop and foster respect for their natural and built environment.
  • To develop an enquiry approach towards pupils work, enabling them to extend their academic skills through problem solving and fieldwork.
  • To develop pupils self-confidence and aptitude to work effectively both individually and as part of a group.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to become proficient in the applications and uses of ICT.

James Figgis is the Head of Department and teaches Years 5-8. Other teachers of Geography are Mrs Hilary Barry (Years 6-8), Mrs Philippa Sanders (Year 5), Miss Vivienne Liddell (Year 5), Miss Little (Year 5).

Introduction to the Team

Welcome to the Geography Department!

With an emphasis on hands-on experience and present-day learning wherever possible we aim to enthuse your children to explore the exciting, dynamic world around them.  Building on our previous work and incorporating the new ISEB Geography Syllabus, we are delighted to have introduced the following new things: new topics of The Restless Planet for Year 5; new global location resources for the iPads as well as new practical resources; individualised target setting with your child's teacher on a regular basis; a Year 7 fieldwork trip to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Geographical Association competitions; new additions to the House Global Location Knowledge Quiz format; and many new, exciting teaching resources.

Examples of Trips and Fieldwork
Year 5 Mapwork Skills

Using a map to explore their surroundings.

Year 6 Mapwork Challenge

Exercising mapwork skills and navigation in the extensive Highfield grounds.

Year 6 Weather Survey

Gathering data and identifying reasons for variations in data.

Year 6 Weathering and Erosion Study

Gathering evidence from around the School site.

Year 7 Trip to Alice Holt Forest

A trip to the forest for practical stream studies - wellington boots are essential!

Year 7 Micro-Climate Study

Gathering primary data for their Common Entrance Fieldwork Enquiries.

Year 7 Trip to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Exploring the sustainability of this urban development.

Year 8 Fieldwork Trip to Honfleur, France

A trip to study settlement patterns and developments.

Geography Year Group Subject Summaries
Geography Trips

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