Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14


 geography   geography

At Holy Cross Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and / or physical processes that shape them, and the people who live in them.  Our girls study their local area, localities in the United Kingdom, Europe and other parts of the world; they begin by considering what surrounds them in our school environment and grounds, as well as areas in close proximity to the school, for example the changing face of New Malden high street and the Hogsmill River. The year 5s undertake a residential field study to Dorset in the summer term.


In our Geography curriculum the girls develop the ability to communicate geographical knowledge and understanding - orally, visually and in writing using appropriate techniques and vocabulary.  They develop subject specific enquiry skills by using globes, atlases, maps, plans, information books and a wide range of resources from the internet. They further enhance their knowledge with vocabulary and recording by creating and producing maps and plans. 

Geography helps our girls to gain a greater understanding of, and respect for, the ways of life and cultures of people in other places, both near and far. By exploring the relationships between places and patterns of human activity, they see how humans have shaped and moulded their surroundings with varying effects. Geography fosters respect for the environment by addressing the earth's resources and the impact of human activities on them; we ensure our girls acquire skills which enable them to put forward questions and uncover answers to a variety of geographical issues, which will have a huge impact during their lifetime.