Upper School Geography

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”

(Michael Palin, 2011)

A world globe with bright colours marking the countries


Geography is a highly valued part of the curriculum at DHS. It provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people.

Geography stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child’s “personal geography” by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes.

We encourage children (P1-U8) to learn by experience and we value fieldwork and trips as an integral part of the geography Curriculum.

A line of children jumping off a tree trunk on the floor with their hands in the air

Year 5’s enjoy an orienteering trip to Moat Mount.


The Geography curriculum has links to the National Curriculum but explores the issues and themes further and in more depth. Junior school Geography (Years 1-3) covers Local and Global studies, Map work, continental studies, UK locations, Weather, Rwanda focus, Polar Worlds, Rainforests and other topics.

In the Upper School (years 4-8) topics for the junior school are revisited and a ‘ladder learning’ technique is used, so that pupils can progress and build on prior learning. The pupils learn about the Geography of Food, Eco Citizenship, Rivers, Settlements, Populations and Hazards. The Common Entrance syllabus is taught to years 7 and 8 in preparation for their Secondary School entrance examinations.

The Geography Department achieved the Geography Quality Mark (Silver award) in 2017Primary Geography Quality Mark logo

What we have been up to:

Creating models to develop a deeper understanding of the processes occurring in a river basin:

A colourful model of a river basin created by one of our students

Out in the field collecting primary data on the changes that occur in a river as we move down stream:

Three boys crouched over a rock collecting and measuring data on clipboards

Investigating where products are manufactured around the World:

A boy sticking a colourful sticker onto the map projected on an interactive whiteboard

Miss Disalvo (Head of Geography)