‘Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose. – Michael Palin
Geography at Orley Farm is driven by reality; the leaders of the future are in our classrooms and the future of the planet is in their hands. We understand the importance of developing a love of learning about the world around us and an appreciation of how our choices must be carefully considered as we each have an impact.
Geography across the school is taught through a range of cross curricular links that illuminate its relevance in our 21st Century world. We collaborate with thinking skills such as good judgement, create learning experiences for writing and discover real scientific concepts through physical geographical learning.
Join us on our geographical adventure at Orley Farm where we will find our place in the world.
Head of Geography
Our exploration starts in the Pre-Prep with a big toe dip into the waters of geography, sampling place, special themed days and a trip to Waitrose as an elementary understanding of where food comes from and Economic Geography.
Pupils are encouraged to ask questions and discover for themselves the world around them.
In Middle School Geography, both Year 3 and 4 use a creative approach to teaching. Geography is taught with a depth and relevance through topic based learning with key skills including locational map work, identifying and comparing human and physical features. Children are encouraged to research and ask questions about their learning therefore developing a love of geography and an enquiring mind.
Year 3 learn about Italy, including physical features such as Mount Vesuvius and human features for comparison with the UK. Year 4 learn about ancient cultures, site and settlement through their Viking topic. As the year continues both year groups will be developing their map work skills and examining climates, transport and physical features of areas around the world.
From Year 5 onward geography is taught by a specialist teacher; from Year 6 students have two lessons per week.
Assessment is ongoing and approached in a range of ways including creative prep and more formal reviews of learning.
Aims in Year 5 are to develop an enquiring mind and an appreciation of our own personal geographies, this is built upon in Year 6 when we examine global citizenship. Year 7 and 8 cover a range of topics including tectonic, geomorphological, economic, demographic and meteorological processes. Every year key geographical skills are developed through context and an appreciation of current affairs and its links with current learning are established.