As Geographers, we are passionate about how the world works and how change affects its fragile existence.
Through our teaching we adopt the “enquiry approach,” which allows the boys to ask questions such as: Where is it? What is it like? How did it get there? Who lives there? How is it changing? Coupled with this, the pupils draw upon their own personal experiences to bring more insight, interest and relevance to their studies. Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and develop their own opinions.
How is Geography taught at the New Beacon?
Geography has long embraced the variety of technology on offer. The internet is used for research and there is an interactive whiteboard in the geography room, which is utilised during lessons. Together with a range of up to date textbooks, ICT, a modern library, demonstrations, fieldtrips and a variety of teaching skills, all styles of learning are catered for.
Global Location and Ordnance Survey map work are two very important life skills taught and these are complimented by a number of thematic studies, which include: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, rivers, coasts, weather and climate, economic and environmental geography. The value of fieldwork is also integrated through all years within the school.
Fieldwork, Trips and Investigations
Fieldwork utilises the extensive school grounds, local farms, villages and towns. Whatever the experience, the children have the opportunity to use their inquisitive skills. In addition to the many cross-curricular outings in the Pre-Prep and Junior Schools, boys at the New Beacon undertake the following excursions with a specific Geographical slant:
- Year 4 orienteering around the school grounds.
- Year 5 visits Dry Hill local nature reserve and completes a Microclimate project around the school grounds.
- Year 6 visits the Medway floodplain.
- Year 7 visits the Reculver Country Park and coastline, near Herne Bay. The pupils also use the on-site weather station to undertake a weather study on high and low pressure systems.
- Year 8 visits the River Tillingbourne to collect data for the CE fieldwork investigation. Aspects of weathering around the school grounds are also studied.
Common Entrance & Scholarship
A rigorous approach is adopted where pupils are suitably challenged and prepared for a variety of high profile senior schools, near and afar. Regardless of ability, extra support is always available. We aim to get the best out of every boy.