We aim for geography at Abberley Hall School to be a highlight of any pupil’s time here. Geography is a current and ever-changing subject with an enormous amount of scope for enquiry and the development of knowledge and key skills that can be transferred to any area of study. We hope that our lessons encourage our children to dream of adventures in far off lands, develop a tolerance of others and understand future environmental challenges.
Geography seems intrinsically linked to the lives of our children; whether it is playing in rivers, running up mountains or cycling to the sea. They willingly interact with the landscape and it is great fun to teach them about these features and landforms at the same time.
We aim to offer a global perspective in our examples and case studies. This makes use of an experienced staff who have taught in different continents and are committed to illustrate the shear diversity of planet Earth. We fully prepare our students for their destination schools but find time to study the intriguing and extraordinary - the challenges of overwintering in Antarctica or timing an ascent of Everest to avoid the roaring jet stream.
Our fieldtrips teach our children to take responsibility for an individual report and they learn to work together in small groups to collect data. The children also have a chance to cut their teeth in the areas of analysis and evaluation - valuable skills that they revisit in their future educations. Recent destinations have included the school chalet in France and Iceland. We also get out of the classroom at the drop of a hat! The wellies are always on hand and we are lucky to enjoy safe, stimulating and beautiful grounds where we can study and enjoy many of the topics we learn about.