At Lucton, pupils in the middle and lower senior school are encouraged to have a strong sense of place – no need to rely on GPS and the satnav: they should all be able to read an O.S. map and use an atlas! An introduction to a range of physical, human and environmental processes and features in Great Britain, Europe and on a global scale are studied. Discussion and an awareness of geography in the news is encouraged and complemented by field trips to local settlements, rivers, glaciated areas, farms and ecosystems. At GCSE and A level, trips to Field Study centres in Shropshire and Snowdonia, plus cultural trips to London, Florence and Rome further understanding of the interaction of physical, human and environmental geography.
Geography is a dynamic, multi-faceted subject, which surrounds you and your thoughts on a daily basis. It is constantly in the news; the weather, natural hazards, tourism, malnutrition, disappearing fragile ecosystems, globalisation, fair trade and increasingly, the need to develop sustainable food and energy supplies. In the modern world, the geography of the Earth is constantly visible through the media and excellent documentaries such as the Frozen Planet and through the Internet and its easy access to a range of images and information.
In order to have some understanding of these global features and events, the study of the interaction of physical, human and environmental geography is a huge asset. Knowledge of the dynamics of plate tectonics, rock structure, river, glacial, coastal and desert features and processes, the weather and atmospheric systems will, or should, help humans make informed decisions when utilising the landscape to produce food, exploit resources and build settlements.
Environmental geography is a relatively new component that has evolved because we have failed to understand the impact that human actions will have upon the environment and cultural development. The opportunities for travel are abundant, especially to extreme and endangered environments. So to have knowledge and an intrinsic appreciation of the environment will lead to a deeper, more thought-provoking experience!