Geography

Geography at Hampton Court House involves investigation, challenge and exploration. Geography is a beautiful, holistic subject; its study should be part of any traditional education within a modern context. As the American politician Judy Martz once said, ‘Everything has to do with geography’.

We offer a wide range of field trips including overseas residential visits. Recent expeditions have included Iceland, Italy, and field work in the New Forest and Devon.

Lower Years

In Years 1 to 4 the children learn to place themselves in the world:

  • What are the continents and oceans, and where are they?
  • Where is Earth in the solar system?
  • Where is Britain and what are the main cities and rivers?
  • How do maps and grid references work?
  • How do I communicate my knowledge about a country?
  • Middle Years

    In Years 5 and 6 we introduce specific knowledge about the world’s regions:

  • Are all cultures the same?
  • What are the relationships between history and geography?
  • How can maps illustrate the past and the present?
  • In Years 7 and 8 the students are challenged to answer big questions. These will include:

  • How do earthquakes and volcanoes affect the world?
  • Who is to blame for flooding – humans or nature?
  • How do changes in weather and climate affect people?
  • How can cities cope with more and more people?
  • How can the planet grow and develop in a sustainable way?
  • This work will be done through investigation, debate, creativity and will support the students in working towards the 13+ Common Entrance exams.

    Upper Years

    Geography in Year 9 stretches the understanding, knowledge and skills of the students towards GCSE standard. In preparation for the exam course we will cover topics that challenge them to discover the answers (or at least have evidenced opinions) on questions such as:

  • What makes places and landscapes different from one another, and why is this important?
  • Why do people, resources and ideas move?
  • How and why do sustainability and vulnerability change from place to place over time?
  • What role will virtual systems play in learning about the world?
  • The GCSE course is based on a balance of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the links between the two themes, approaching and examining the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

    Sixth Form

    The A level geography course examines not only the physical and human aspects of the subject, but also the complex, dynamic interactions between them. Geography is a facilitating subject, respected by Russell Group universities for a variety of degrees. This exciting two-year course includes:

  • Human systems and geopolitics – including superpowers and global development
  • Dynamic landscapes – investigating tectonic processes and hazards
  • Dynamic places – looking at globalisation and how society is evolving around the world
  • Physical systems and sustainability – exploring the hydrological cycle, water insecurity, energy insecurity, the carbon cycle and climate change
  • Fieldwork is integral to the course; students will travel in the UK and overseas.


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