The Geography Department of Spratton Hall aims to stimulate pupils’ interest in their own surroundings and the workings of the wider world. Through a balanced curriculum we investigate features of both the physical and human world and how they intertwine. An appreciation of the environment and how it can be managed is integral to the whole Geography syllabus. Geography is unique in that it allows pupils to investigate a wide range of people, places and environments at different scales around the world.
In Year 3 Geography is taught as part of an integrated Humanities syllabus which is topic based. Fundamental topics such as where we are in the world and how different places have different characteristics are covered.
Geography in Years 4 and 5 focuses on a number of topics investigating environments near and far. The pupils look at topics such as the structure of Spratton village, investigate rainforests and consider protection of the environment through lessons, fieldwork and individual research.
In Years 6, 7 and 8 the content is more formalised yet lessons are fun and interactive using a variety of stimuli such as fieldwork, computers, interactive software, group work and individual research. Topics include Tectonic Processes, Environmental Issues, Economic Activities and Geomorphological Processes.
Study outside the classroom is a key facet of Geography. Years 5 and 7 attend residential field trips in the Peak District National Park and at Conkers in the National Forest. All year groups complete fieldwork in the local area. A Fieldwork Enquiry based on individual research is a key part of the work of all Year Groups.
By the time pupils leave Spratton Hall they should have an understanding of how their world works and an appreciation of a variety of environments and how they can be sustained.
Geography is approached as a journey of discovery to find out how we influence and cope with our environment. Multi-media resources such as computers and audio-visual aids are employed to develop the pupils understanding of the subject. Local fieldwork is supplemented with study visits to specific locations in the United Kingdom. Visiting speakers are also invited to give talks on their specialist subjects.