Geography is taught at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi in the knowledge that it is a subject which is increasing in relevance to everyday life and is consequently very interesting to pupils. Cranleigh’s Geography curriculum has two strands. First, our curriculum is global, telling the stories of many countries so that we can mould global citizens. Secondly, pupils work to understand their local environment here in the UAE.

Every year we change our lessons and curriculum to reflect current events. 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, pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and solve problems.

Geography is a perfect fit for growing global awareness. The concepts of innovation and sustainability, such as the future of renewable energy, are the focus of extension projects. Human rights and development are an important part of making our pupils empathise and care about their responsibilities as global citizens.

Our pupils are truly international with many cultures and languages represented in every classroom. The Cranleigh Geography curriculum is designed to encourage respect for these differences and how they are celebrated in the UAE.

Questioning and self-questioning are skills intrinsic to the modern Geographer. Within Geography lessons taught at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi pupils consider the following questions and concepts introduced at presented at suitably appropriate levels:Why

  • Why our human and physical environments and landscapes appear as they are, how they form and operate, and how they inter-relate at various scales
  • How and why patterns of human and physical features differ from place to place across the earth
  • Differences and inequality within the human world, especially the economic, social and political causes of inequality and economic development
  • The importance of different spatial scales – global to local – and time scales for physical and human processes, together with their interactions and interdependence

Pupils learn how to conduct investigations using enquiry. The goal is to create a generation of geographers who wish to change the world.