At Dunannie, Geography is usually taught as an integral part of class projects and great emphasis is placed on direct experience and practical activities. Much use is made of the varied environments within the Bedales grounds, the local village and nearby contrasting locations such as Southsea. In Year 3 the children have the opportunity to take part in a residential fieldtrip. Basic geographical skills are taught from the Early Years Foundation Stage (routes, directions and a sense of place for example). By Year 3 the children begin to learn how their home local area relates to other areas and countries, leading to the study of a locality in another country. In their Geography activities, the children start to learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving.
Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, they gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. In our Geography teaching we also hope to motivate the children to find out about the physical world and enable them to recognize the importance of sustainable development for the future of people, which plays a central role in the ethos of the Bedales Schools.