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Curriculum

Geography

The role of geographers in the global community is becoming increasingly important. Today’s geographers have a far greater awareness of current social, economic and physical issues. Reaction and comment to world events from geography related experts are now commonplace. Geography is current affairs.

Debate and discussion are essential to the study of geography at The Pilgrims' School. We place a keen emphasis on the ability to empathise with people in different situations and environments around the world.

Knowledge and skills 

The study of geography at Pilgrims’ offers the boys many opportunities to acquire a range of skills:

  • An introduction to maps and map reading
  • An awareness of the local area and beyond
  • An understanding of different cultures
  • How to collect and manipulate simple data
  • How to make best use of ICT to organise written and numerical work
  • How to perform independent research tasks
  • The ability to interconnect subjects, topics, and personal experience

What do we study? 

  • Geomorphology (rivers/coasts)
  • Weather and Climate
  • Transport and Industry
  • Tectonic Processes (earthquakes and volcanoes)
  • Settlement and Population
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment
  • Fieldwork Projects

Fieldwork 

We learn best through our own observations and analysis of the world around us, and hands-on experience is fundamental to the study of geography. Field trips are organised for boys in all year groups. A tributary of the River Itchen flows through the school grounds and provides for the convenient study of fluvial activity. We have an abundance of natural resources right on our doorstep – an Iron Age hill fort, the water meadows, and the South Downs National Park, while World Heritage sites, Kew Gardens and the Jurassic Coast, are a short drive away.

 

Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away  between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.