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Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It is about making sense of our everyday lives and how we are part of our globalised world.

At Fairley House, the geography curriculum is adapted to the pupils, while following the National Curriculum as closely as possible. The units covered are taught in multisensory ways, and include input from speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. Learning new vocabulary within a subject can be very challenging for dyslexic students. At Fairley House, a variety of memory strategies are taught, such as chunking, word association, visualisation and rehearsal.  Pupils are taught to reflect on the strategies that work best for them and are encouraged to re-evaluate their methods where needed, developing increasing responsibility for their learning. Pupils’ work is recorded in many ways, such as in videos, posters, graphs, tables and newspaper reports. This enables pupils to continually practise and improve skills they have gained from different areas of the curriculum.

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Within Geography, pupils are encouraged to develop a range of skills that will benefit them across the curriculum. These include:

  • Map and atlas skills
  • Map reading
  • Interpreting data from diagrams and graphs
  • Literacy skills, including learning new vocabulary
  • Presentation skills
  • ICT skills

Whilst studying Geography at Fairley House, students are given the opportunity to take their skills into the field. This enables them to put theory into context, and at Fairley House we offer a range of fieldtrips including: The Thames Barrier, The River Wye, Kew Gardens, The National History Museum and FSC Nettlecombe Court Field Centre Taunton.