Geography is seen at Copthorne as one of the key academic subjects and is taught as a stand alone subject throughout the Prep school. Although no longer a compulsory subject at Common Entrance it remains part of the core curriculum. In the Pre-Prep, the subject is taught across the year groups often as part of topic based learning, while in years 3 and 4 it is taught as part of the humanities.
The main aims of the teaching of Geography at Copthorne are:
- To provide an integrated framework which allows continuous development of the subject throughout the school.
- To develop in the pupil a strong interest in their immediate surroundings, spreading to the world at large.
- To encourage an enquiring mind into how and why events happen in both the physical and human aspects of the subject
- To develop a wide range of practical and language skills relating to the subject.
- To foster an understanding of the fragility of the world and its ecosystems and man’s effect upon them.
- To engender a sense of responsibility for the environment in which we live promoting a sense of stewardship and the necessity for sustainable development.