What is the point of school?
achieves more than
they thought possible
Developing a love of
A document is never going to be creative.
How do I go about a geographical enquiry?
the best Information
Who? Where? When?
Why? What? How?
What do you need to find out?
How will you present the information?
For and Against
PowerPoint, Publisher, Poster, Oral,
Visual, Play, podcast, Video, Report..
‘Enquiry is not something to be defined once and for all
on paper. It is something to be developed in the
classroom in particular school and curriculum contexts.’
Margaret Roberts, Learning through enquiry, p25
Slapton Sands 5 Day
Local Day trip
Winter: Visit to the River Adur
Catchment – Mayfield Town
and Community Shopping
investigation and land use
Full ‘CA’ style enquiries
Physical Trip to River Adur
Investigating ‘over the fence’
Lots and lots of data analysis woven throughout the curriculum. On-site and Off
High frequency , low stakes testing. Fieldwork embedded@davidErogers
Year 7 Year 8
Geological Explorers (hand
Impact of Syria / migration
South Downs and History
Can we identify the teacher by
Swatch Nature –
John Muir Award and Eco-
Challenge with FSC
Lots and lots of fieldwork woven throughout the
curriculum – mostly on-site
What is going on in there?
Why do we allow Year 7s to stand still?
By Year 1 – local area settlement patterns, tourism and use of beach, farming
system, making maps of local area, journey to school, fieldwork as homework
“Nothing is more fatal to the progress of the
human mind than to presume that our views of
science are ultimate, that our triumphs are
complete, that there are no mysteries in nature,
and that there are no new worlds to conquer.”
Humphrey Davy, quoted by Prof Brian Cox
‘It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere,
would much rather you weren’t doing it.’
Terry Practchett from the foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy,