Gifted and Talented students in Geography:
- are enquiring, identify geographical/ spatial questions to answer and problems to debate. Their curiosity about these prompt them to find out the place specific details of a topic or problem studied.
- explore issues, events and problems from different perspectives and seek out the contextual knowledge to help them understand global issues. They show a keen interest in news, different places and documentaries about geographical and environmental topics.
- are analytical,making evaluative judgements, logically interpreting a range of sources including maps, graphs and data, supporting conclusions with reasoned arguments and evidence.
- have synoptic abilities, they can identify themes within different issues and make links between events in happening in different places and between different areas of study e.g. population and the economy and the environment
- are creative, generating original ideas and enjoy exploring possibilities, questioning their own and other’s assumptions. They have the confidence to express and justify a belief that may not necessarily be accepted by their peers or the teacher.
Beyond the classroom students:
- Participate in and lead in school activities reflecting whole world concerns such as ‘Send My Friend to School’, Unicef campaigns and charity fundraising.
- Enjoy relevant television programmes/channels, such as National Geographic, documentaries by Simon Reeves, Iain Stewart, or celebrity travellers, wildlife films and documentaries e.g. David Attenborough.
- Spot and discuss local relevant local news strands e.g. planning and development for business in Bath; housing provision; transport issues; environmental management; managing tourism.
- Use the School Library to read national broadsheet newspapers on topics of interest, and ask the advice of our School Librarian about how to research items of interest more fully.
- Enjoy travel, including school trips, family holidays or outings and meeting people from different countries such as those who study with us at Hayesfield.
- Join the Model United Nations debating team
- Pay close attention to weather forecasts, patterns and wider influences
- Use the internet to sample university lectures, or to find Ted Talks on relevant subjects. Participate in Bath’s Ted Talks programme
- Create their own fantasy maps with detailed keys, or use invented maps to explore virtual geography or to explore problems.
- Seek out local lectures on hot topics at the Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution on Queen’s Square, or talks given by writers at Bath bookshops.
- Use a Discovery card to explore Bath’s galleries, exhibitions, museums and archives to understand local and global development.