Geography at Neatherd builds on students’ own experiences to enable them to make sense of the complex and dynamically changing world in which we live. Teaching and learning seeks to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places and people at all levels, from the personal to the global. We aim to encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues that affect students' lives, now and in the future. The department strives to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world and their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. We endeavour to foster a lifelong love of geography through varied activities inside and outside the classroom.
Staff are enthusiastic, supportive and highly motivated to help ensure all students enjoy Geography. We are forward-thinking and committed to the sharing of ideas and resources. This is reflected by the continued popularity of the subject at GCSE and A-Level, where students consistently perform exceptionally well.
Fieldwork is an integral element of the department’s success. Fun, engaging and varied trips are embedded throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. These range from shorter trips to Wells, Overstrand and Wroxham, through to the Lake District and even as far as Iceland for those who choose Geography at GCSE. Dereham Sixth Form College runs a trip to Aberystwyth in Wales for students continuing their studies at A-Level.
The department strives to produce innovative lessons which consistently incorporate ICT to further enhance student learning. Schemes of work enable students to develop their use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) through the use of Google Earth. Key Stage 4 students are provided with support on Edmodo and resources are available for all students at the department’s website.