Geography is important, because it opens our eyes; a landscape is no longer a static feature, but a complex battleground of physical and human interactions. Local is no longer local, but a collision point for the interaction of many 'locals' drawn from a global stage.
Every student is challenged and supported to achieve their best through understanding their place in the World
What you can expect
The Geography department deliver lessons to all Key Stages that investigate the rapidly changing World in which we live. We examine the core principles of Geography through investigating different places around the World. We aim to show students that every action has a consequence not only locally but also globally to.
The Geography department runs the school’s eco-group and has successfully introduced many new initiatives aimed at reducing waste. We offer the opportunity for fieldwork in all 3 Key Stages with local visits in Key Stage 3, GCSE fieldwork in a Tourist Honeypot and residential fieldwork in Key Stage 5, we also offer a cultural trip to China every two years to students in Key Stage 4 and 5.
What do we study in Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students cover a wide range of topics that help the students to prepare for GCSE geography. Topics include: the local area; data analysis and map skills; rivers and flooding; environmental studies of different locations; Kenya; Japan; Energy; tourism; Europe; fieldwork; tropical rainforests; volcanoes and earthquakes; extreme weather and any major issues that occur both in the UK and Globally.
Student work is assessed during each topic covered, assessment tasks vary and can include the following: tests; individual and group presentations; projects; newspaper stories; creative tasks; GCSE exam papers; individual projects.
What do we study in Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA syllabus which has a Physical, Human and Fieldwork paper. The topics and skills covered at Key Stage 3 are developed further in our exciting Key Stage 4 Curriculum. We are the most popular GCSE option because the students enjoy the wide range of topics covered, ranging from local studies to Global case-studies, which are delivered by Teachers who are passionate about the study of Geography.
There are 3 exams that make up the final GCSE assessment and students are well prepared for not only the content but also the exam skills required to access the higher grade boundaries. Throughout the course we build upon the exam skills introduced at Key Stage 3 with regular assessments and end of unit tests.
What do we study in Key Stage 5
Geography at Key Stage 5 investigates the rapidly changing World in which we live. We examine the core principles of Geography through investigating numerous different places around the World. We aim to show students that every action has a consequence not only locally but also globally to.
All units focus on the most up to date case-study content, with topics including: Global Warming; migration; Global hazards; coasts; rebranding; superpowers; bridging the development; tectonic hazards; energy and water security, building upon the skills and content studied at GCSE.
Geography will improve you analytical skills as well as being able to look at topics from several different perspectives, whilst greatly improving your essay and report writing skills. Discussion and analysis; problem solving; handling data; teamwork; presentations; debating skills; practical fieldwork skills; primary and secondary data collection along with evaluation; essay and report writing skills.