'There is no better time to study geography’
Royal Geographical Society
This may be because the world around us is changing so rapidly that it is impossible to turn on the news without hearing about how geography affects our lives; climate change, hazard events, economic migration and refugees, globalisation, energy and resource security issues.
At Ryde School, studying geography helps pupils understand the processes behind these national and global events and develop useful skills that set them up effectively for higher education and the world of work.
Our geographers are curious and questioning - we study a diverse and challenging curriculum, which aims to answer many of the fundamental geographical questions such as; why does it always rain on me, should I care where my clothes are made and should we encourage immigration?
Our geographers are skilful - we combine traditional geographical skills such as map work with contemporary technology and G.I.S. We undertake field work locally and at various field study centres. We undertake geographical enquiry which requires us to analyse and evaluate resources to make informed decisions about geographical issues.
Our geographers are team players- we encourage cooperative class activities and develop communication skills through presentation and debate.
Our geographers are broad minded- because geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography) it encourages pupils to apply their knowledge from both disciplines to better understand the workings of the world.
Michael Palin, the President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IGB) said that ‘geography students hold the key to the world’s problems’, a statement not to be underrated in a world continually shaken by environmental, economic, political and social events.