Block 3 Silo Breakers

With the sun comes the deadline for Geography’s summer ‘Silo Breaker’ project. Long gone are the barriers where a subject remains restricted to the slot on the timetable; Block 3 geographers have spent the last half term exploring how we are connected from Geography out across the curriculum – some areas certainly more obvious than others. Students have independently selected an area of interest to them, planned and completed their investigations over six weeks. With more than 90 students working on their own research, it makes for an amazing and diverse learning experience for everyone. Here are some examples from this year’s research: exploring the influence of environment and location on music, rhythm and instrument; a look at how life continues in the shadows of multi-nationals like Nike and Primark; recreating the process used by early explorers to discover patterns in nature; and why do South American countries produce some of the best footballers in the world? Work will be displayed on Parents’ Day in the Geography Department.

By Kirsty Layton, Head of Geography


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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