The world is a magnificent, complex and fascinating place. At St Christopher's we aim to encourage a sense of wonderment and excitement about the world for our pupils. As changes happen more quickly, communications become faster and challenges to the environment increase, a knowledge and understanding of geography is more vital than ever.
Our pupils study the local environment, looking at traffic, transport and environmental change. We look at comparative case studies between the UK, Brazil, Kenya and India. They are introduced to natural disasters with a focus on earthquakes, volcanoes and flooding.
By the time the children are in the Upper School, they are revisiting topics in preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams. These topics include OS mapwork, location knowledge, weather and climate, tectonic processes, population, settlement, transport and industry.
Our field trips take us all over Sussex, including the Cuckmere Valley, Birling Gap, the Undercliff Walk, the Earth Ship at Stanmer Park, Brighton’s i360, Hove seafront and Devil’s Dyke. The Year 8s also go to Lulworth Cove, Dorset on a three day residential as part of their Geography coursework for their final exam marks.
Our aim within the Geography Department is not only leading our pupils to successes at Common Entrance and Scholarship, but also giving them something which will help them to enjoy the world we live in and look after it as well.