Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES)

Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES)

 “Geographer and adventurer (and TV presenter) Nicholas Crane visits (Totnes,) the home of one of the greatest social experiments of the 20th century, and uncovers the test bed for an ambitious new idea that aims to change our urban life forever. ….  A Saxon river town in South Devon, Totnes is one of the UK’s oldest towns. It has seen tough times through its long history, but adversity has taught it to innovate.” from when BBC Town Series came to Totnes.

castlenhouseTotnes and the River Dart basin is a living lab and field tripper’s dream for both physical and human geographers, ecologists and environmental scientists seeking to really engage their students in their subject. Your subject will be really live and meaningful to your students, plus they get the data and materials they need to fulfil their course curricula requirements.

Students engage practically with inspiring local projects, collect data, make judgements, get out into nature, relate to real world issues and have time and space to discuss, think and act positively.

Learning is real and relevant and engages students in their subject in ways that are hard to achieve in the classroom but complement the learning they receive there beautifully.

They also learn practical, transferable field study and life skills along the way.

 

P9300777Geography.  We have teamed up with geography teacher Andy Schindler of Outdoor Learning for Schools, to develop quality resources and activities that will meet the needs of GCSE, A Level and degree level Geography, delivered in the Futurebound style of focussing on the personal development of the students and getting them excited about their future.  It draws on the story of Transition Town Totnes which catalysed a global movement has caught the attention of many, including TV celeb geographer, Nicholas Crane.  Read more…

DSC00073 copyEnvironmental sciences. We use many models and principles from science classes and explore them at work in the real world, both in nature and in human systems.  Succession, energy flows through trophic levels, efficiency and energy return on energy invested, diversity, resilience, symbiosis … and more … all weave into the students’  experience, reinforced by practical examples and related to real world issues, particularly the sustainability challenges of our time.  This embeds concepts delivered in class in the students’ memories; achieving learning that is both long lasting and of practical use for whatever the students go on to do in their lives.  Read more …

“I think one of the reasons it has impacted me is because I found that it was a very positive, successful example of shifting mindsets and lifestyles – which was inspirational as many times in Environmental Science there can be more hardship and difficulties than successes.” taken from research by University of Plymouth into value our programmes in enabling effective sustainable education for GEES.

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