The Greneway Middle School

The Greneway Middle School

Garden Walk, Royston, Herts. SG8 7JF
Telephone: 01763 243650  (School Receptionists, Mrs N Bedford/Mrs N Johnson)   Email:


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Geography is the study of the Earth; its landforms, physical processes and human systems. Basically, it helps us to understand the amazing world we live in.

Studying geography is important as it provides us with knowledge of our planet that has helped shape our history and will continue to shape our lives in the future. It is a link between the physical and social sciences, helping us to make informed decisions for both our planet and its inhabitants, viewed from different perspectives. Geographers develop their knowledge of places and environments, as well as their understanding of the diversity of different societies and cultures. This helps them to become responsible global citizens who understand how people and environments interact. If you watch or read the News, you will find that the most important issues facing the world are geography-related, so by studying geography we are learning about issues that will actually affect our own lives.

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Our aims in geography closely support the aims of Greneway in that they:

  • Encourage awareness of the present through a study of different societies, both in time and place.
  • Help pupils to develop a geographical knowledge and understanding.
  • Introduce pupils to geographical enquiry, practical fieldwork and mapping skills (including digital mapping).
  • Encourage children to think critically and to assess evidence.
  • Help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about their own lives and our relationship with other places.
  • Develop socially responsible and informed attitudes.

The geography programme of study:

Year 5

  • Autumn Term: St Lucia
  • Spring Term: Mountain environments, Route 66
  • Summer Term: Maps and mapping



Year 6

  • Autumn Term:  The geography of chocolate
  • Spring Term: Tourism in Spain
  • Summer Term: Geography of the UK

Year 7

  • Autumn Term: The geography of food
  • Spring Term: 

    1:  Rivers
    2:  The rise of China

  • Summer Term: Settlement

Year 8

  • Autumn Term: Risky hazards – Volcanoes, earthquakes & tsunamis
  • Spring Term: Weathering & Coastal geography
  • Summer Term: African issues – Kenya

Geography is taught through group, paired and individual work, using a wide variety of media designed to engage learners using a fun and hands-approach, where possible. Resources are often visual or tangible, and include videos to bring geographical processes to life, i-pads, computers, play doh, newspaper articles, compasses, aerial photos, and a variety of different maps as well as Ordnance Survey’s Digimap service, where pupils create their own digital maps. Pupils complete independent research to produce reports, give oral presentations, collect and analyse their own data, and interpret maps and photographs to plan journeys. Fieldwork is an important component of geography. At Greneway in Year 7 we visit Church Farm to support the Food Miles unit of work and specialist practical coastal fieldwork is undertaken at Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze in year 8. Fieldwork enables pupils to experience different environments, develop observational, investigative and problem solving skills and provides them with real-life learning.

Prince William  


Prince William studied Geography to Masters level.
It is comforting to know
that our future King understands the interconnectivity of our world, both physically and in human terms.


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