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Geography Department

Mr R Walker, Head of Department

We all live geographically; planet Earth is our home. It is an awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever-changing planet. The study of geography at Thorpe House from Pre-Prep, right through to GCSE is intended to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about how our world works.

‘The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.

Barack Obama

We help our boys make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world, enabling them to know where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on the boys’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global and enables them to draw on their vast wealth to bring more insight, interest and relevance to our studies.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential part of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Teachers in the department are committed to improving the knowledge and understanding of the boys whilst developing the thinking skills which are so vital in the study of geography. In doing this, we are able to explore values and issues, challenge stereotypes whilst still encouraging the boys to think for themselves. We allow them the freedom to develop their own informed ideas and to then have the confidence and ability to defend these opinions.

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