Head of Geography
E-mail: Mr N FrenchBSc, PGCE, MEd
Mr Nick French joined Cranleigh Preparatory School in 2012 and has been Head of Geography since 2014. He is an enthusiastic geographer with a particular interest in plate tectonics. His favourite holiday destination is Iceland because of its raw beauty and its unique and exciting geology.
Geography is a subject that is increasing in relevance to everyday life and is consequently very interesting to pupils of Preparatory School age. The variety of topics covered, the continual need to update topics and review them as the world changes, can only capture the imagination.
At each level, the pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and solve problems using information (especially on maps, graphs and diagrams), displayed in textbooks, periodicals, DVDs, web-based computer programmes and the atlas. Presentation and neatness are vital in this subject and are stressed at all levels.
The Scheme of Work is designed within the framework of the National Curriculum, with success at Scholarship, Common Entrance or within the modular Humanities course in mind. Core geographical skills are developed through the Lower School Humanities curriculum in Forms 1 and 2 and the Forms 3 and 4 Humanities course.
These foundation years form the platform for more structured study of the subject in Forms 5 and 6. In these more senior years pupils are stimulated with a wide variety of challenges including interpretation and production of maps and diagrams, interpretation of statistics and prose (comprehension), collecting information from secondary sources (DVD, internet, newspapers, etc.) and practical fieldwork.
All teachers of Geography are encouraged to embody the Department ethos of:
“Engendering a joy for learning and a love of the world around us.”