Geography is taught as a stand-alone subject from Years 3 to 8. The curriculum in Years 3-6 is largely based around the National Curriculum but also incorporates topics that feature in Common Entrance. This enables a firm foundation of knowledge as the Year 7 and 8 pupils head into their Common Entrance syllabus.
The topics that the children learn include, location knowledge, contrasting locations around the world, weather and climate, plate tectonics, rivers and coasts, population, settlement, transport and industry. We also build project work into the curriculum in order to allow pupils to learn how to collect, present and analyse data. In addition to this, throughout all the Key Stages and year groups there is continuing development of a widening range of increasingly complex geographical skills.
Recent fieldtrips have included studying coastal processes at Dawlish Warren, a Rainforest Rangers workshop at the Eden Project, orienteering at Killerton House, exploring local wildlife at the Devon Wildlife Trust, and assessing the impact of tourism on Dartmoor.