Our experienced History, Geography and RS teachers arouse a real curiosity and thirst for knowledge for their subject areas amongst the children. Independent and analytical thinking are strongly encouraged. Visiting historical and geographical places of interest are seen as an essential part of the curriculum.
In Geography at Terra Nova we investigate the world around us and the people who live in it, taking advantage of our wonderful grounds for fieldwork and practical investigations.
A huge number of skills are required in Geography. These range from map reading to the ability to empathise with disaster victims and they help to make a pupil aware of the breadth and depth of geography as an academic subject. In addition, the children become aware of the lifestyles of people from other areas and cultures and the problems facing much of the world’s population.
Bringing the theory to life by undertaking practical investigations, pupils are encouraged to see for themselves how rivers erode and change our landscape. They learn about teamwork, co-operation, problem solving and how to plan and sequence a piece of coursework.
Scholars develop independent thinking skills as they research, discuss and prepare well structured, substantiated essays on topics ranging from flooding, tectonics, development and environmental issues. An individual approach here enables case studies to reflect pupils’ interests.
The Geography Department has a fine record of achievement at Common Entrance and Scholarship levels and strong cross-curricular links are in place with other departments, such as English, Maths, History and Science.
We go on many trips to explore topics, take part in interactive tasks that bring topics to life, and teach our pupils to develop lateral thinking skills by problem solving and debate at scholarship sessions.
Prep school History lessons are fun occasions where subject specialists tell stories. Although pupils at Terra Nova study the historical skills of critical thinking, evaluating sources, knowing the past can be interpreted in different ways, propaganda, bias etc., it is the stories told passionately by a specialist that allows the anecdotal, and indeed passionate, storytelling style, and that makes the room come alive.
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