Halstead

Preparatory School for Girls

Geography

At Halstead, the girls learn that Geography is not ‘just about maps’ but a subject that stimulates their curiosity about their immediate surroundings and the wider world.

Why has Woking Town Centre changed so much?
What is it like to live in exotic places like India and China?

They learn how to make comparisons between their local area and other places in the world. Girls are encouraged to ask questions and propose solutions to environmental problems at a local, regional and global level so that they have an appreciation of what it means to be a ‘global citizen’ and foster a sense of responsibility for the earth and its resources.

Girls have two lessons of Geography per week and it is taught as an independent subject from Year 1 and usually by a subject specialist for most lessons from Year 3.

Through their work in Geography children learn about their local area and other regions in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps using Ordnance Survey maps and digital mapping. They develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving using books, computers and iPads.

The girls also find out about the physical world and the factors which shape the environment through practical field work studies. These would include measuring weather of microclimates around the school, river investigations and conducting footfall and traffic surveys in Woking town centre. Outdoor education is an important element of the Geography curriculum and girls go out on local trips to enhance their understanding of different locations.

Annual projects include making objects out of recyclable materials and cross curricular work to investigate the geography and history of Woking.

Girls have the opportunity to create projects such as objects out of recyclable materials in Years 1 and 2 and cross-curricular work with History to investigate the local geography and history of Woking.