Geography is about the interaction of people with their environment. It includes the study of physical and human processes which shape the environment, places and patterns on the earth’s surface, and the people who live there. Peoples’ interaction with the environment often creates change and conflict, resulting in issues, questions and problems, which are all investigated by geographers.
At NHEHS we approach this wide ranging brief with teaching that is flexible in its approach. We pride ourselves on creating a relevant, exciting and dynamic learning environment and aim to develop a wide range of transferable skills to help our students fully comprehend the world in which we exist.
From Year 7 right up to A Level we are keen to help students to develop a sense of place and a wide range of skills including map reading, IT techniques, investigation and research skills as well as essay-writing and debating skills. The Department uses a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including IT, self-supported studies, role-play, group work and debates.
We organise a wide range of field visits in Britain to support and develop curriculum work for Year 7-9. For GCSE and A Level students a series of residential and day trips are organised to fulfil learning and examination requirements and develop their love of the subject. In school holidays, the Geography Department also runs residential trips to a variety of global destinations, most recently to Iceland and India.
To sum up, in this increasingly ‘heated’ world we would like our students to appreciate that it is geography which can apply common sense to many global issues. For climate change it is geography which brings global warming into context and addresses the statistical hysteria of the climatologists. For environmental degradation it is geography which applies the test of feasibility to different political solutions. For global migration it is geography which explains why each of us is located where we are, in neighbourhood, nation, continent and planet, and how fragile that location might be.
We might argue that without geography’s instruction and insight, we are in every sense ‘lost’ – random robots who can only read and count.