The world is changing. From global climate change to local planning issues, a knowledge of how different parts of the environment are related is fundamental to understanding life in the world today.
Students begin to appreciate the relevance of Geography through the use of practical field work, the introduction of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and project based activity, as well as more traditional classroom-based learning with a strong emphasis on ICT.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8 Geography offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in a fun, exciting and interactive way. Each unit that students study has been chosen because of its relevance to our understanding of and interaction with the twenty first century world.
Students are encouraged to ask questions and interpret a wide variety of sources of information and our students develop a diverse range of skills throughout the course. Students learn to work collaboratively and develop confidence in debate and discussion, in presenting to their peers and in using resources like images, maps and data to investigate issues and places.
Students study Geography for one hour per week in Year 7 and two hours in Year 8 and investigate issues including sustainability, natural hazards, poverty, development and habitat diversity.
Key Stage 4
The Edexcel Geography A specification is taught at GCSE. This course comprises 4 units each of which accounts for 25% of the final grade. Unit 1 develops the geographical skills of students whilst also encouraging them to think of ‘Challenges for the Planet’. Unit 2 explores physical geography with topics such as coasts, rivers and tectonics whilst sustainability issues are also investigated in ‘wasteful world’. Human geography is the focus of Unit 3 where themes such as population, tourism, economic change and settlement issues are studied. The final unit is controlled assessment which is based on research carried out in the field. A day is usually spent collecting data on a field study and then time in class is spent writing up the investigation.