All pupils have two geography lessons a week and study a different topic each term, covering a wide range of areas. The scheme of work is written to ensure that each lesson is varied and stimulating, encompassing a broad range of skills. Human geography is alternated with physical geography, facts mixed with enquiry and written work complemented by practical activities. The topics we cover are outlined below in the curriculum overview.
Each year group has at least one field trip in the year and there are other practical exercises throughout the terms.
Geography starts at The Grange with a walk up The Kymin to get an appreciation of Monmouth’s location in relation to its immediate environment and a visit Monmouth town centre to discuss its landmarks. In the Lent Term the boys record the weather in the school garden.
In Prep II the boys visit an organic working farm (Pen-y-Lan Farm) and later in the year work in teams to design a settlement and watch it evolve.
Prep III visit the Water Treatment Plant at Cilfynydd and carry out a water survey at home. The Lent Term is an introduction to producing their first word processed research project, on a river of their choice.
After comparing the UK with a contrasting country of their choice, Prep IV have a food tasting day when they bring in food from their country of study and share it with the rest of the class. In the summer term they complete an orienteering course and use compass bearings to navigate around the beautiful Usk Castle.
Where the weather allows, boys at The Grange seize the opportunity to develop their studies further outside. Here they get to grips with fairly complex geographical and mathematical investigations at Usk Castle.