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Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
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Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement

The purpose and aim of the geography department is to help pupils to develop an understanding of the world and it's inhabitants and of how cultures interact with their surroundings.

The department aims to teach pupils how to care for the environment and to appreciate the physical landscape of our world.  The learning of facts, locational knowledge and the acquisition of geographical skills is also an integral part of the programme.

In the Lower School, geography is taught by class teachers.  The pupils follow Barnaby Bear around the world as he goes on his travels.  They learn about their local area and become aware of simple plans and maps. 

In the Upper School, geography is taught by specialist geography teachers.  Years 3 and 4 cover foundation skills; sketching, planning, symbols and reading four-figure grid references.  They study continents and learn to locate the major cities of Britain on a map.  In Years 5 to 8, children are taught skills within topic-based studies covering a range of subjects from the Key Stage 2 and Common Entrance syllabi.  These include;  rivers, coasts, flooding, tsunamis, weather, volcanoes and earthquakes, environmental studies, settlement, industry and mapping skills. Pupils undertake project work from Year 3 onwards.  They adopt an investigative research approach developing their skills of inquiry and independent study.  Pupils accumulate the skills required for each Key Stage and in Years 6 and 8, they undertake fieldwork.  Year 6 investigate the existence of microclimates around the school and as part of the Common Entrance exam, Year 8 pupils go away on a residential trip to Flatford Mill in Suffolk.  On the trip, the pupils visit a nearby seaside town and research environmental quality, tourism and land use. 

The geography department has a cross-curricular approach providing lessons which integrate the knowledge and skills learnt in science, English, mathematics and ICT.   

Throughout the course pupils are assessed in a number of ways.   Formative assessment includes topic tests, end of term exams and ultimately the 13+ Common Entrance exams.   Summative assessment is also utilised as an important indicator of pupil progress.  Pupils are observed within the classroom setting and their work and contributions are appraised verbally and/or through the school house point reward system.  Children are also taught to self evaluate and to assess their peers.   The feedback from all forms of assessment is provided regularly in a positive and constructive manner. 

The geography department is a dynamic and exciting element of Newton.  We celebrate the diversity of our school's community and draw upon pupils' experiences to enrich our lessons.  The skills and knowledge taught in geography are learnt in context utilising a variety of topical and relevant resources.

Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement