There has never been a more fascinating and important time to study Geography. Our world is more familiar than at any point in its history, yet the number of unknowns and uncertainties are equally unprecedented. It is a daunting time to be alive. We have unleashed a momentum of change that may be hard to control.
The Earth is forecast a turbulent few centuries full of upheavals and disruption – as a species, we must find a way to hold on tight and ride it out.
The Geography Department seeks to enable students to make sense of their world, and to understand the processes, both human and physical that shape it.
We strive to teach Geography as a contemporary and dynamic subject. Through the classroom and fieldwork we address issues including Climate change, resource depletion and sustainable development. We explore crucial questions about the sort of future society that we wish to create, making it extremely relevant for today’s school children.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 & 8 pupils will study a range of topics including:
- Weather and climate
- Tropical rainforests
In year 9 pupils who opt to study Geography at GCSE will deepen their understanding of the human and physical world through the study of:
- Ice environments
- Extreme environments
Key Stage 4
Year 10 pupils study AQA A GCSE Geography. The topics include:
- Urban environments
- Earthquakes and volcanoes
Pupils are assessed through two examination papers (75%) and a piece of controlled assessment (25%).
Year 11 pupils study Edexcel B Geography. At GCSE we study a range of topics that are key to understanding the world around us, we study:
- Economic development
- Population and settlement
- Weather and climate
- Natural hazards
Pupils are assessed through three examination papers (75%) and a piece of controlled assessment (25%).
Pupils will be set regular homework to support what they are studying in lessons. Key Stage 3 pupils should expect at least one piece of homework a fortnight and pupils in Key Stage 4 at least one piece per week.
How will I be monitored and assessed?
Our pupils are given a Geography target at the beginning of the year and they are given opportunities to meet their target and even surpass it throughout the year. Our teachers assess work regularly and at the end of each topic, pupils are tested using examinations or questions which demand an extended response. Pupils also carry out a self-assessment. Target levels are reviewed at the end of every topic, and at various times throughout the year, books are carefully monitored by staff to ensure that all pupils are working to their full potential.
After School Clubs
Pupils are offored the opportunity to attend a Humanities film club in which we watch documentaries or historical films, discussing the events, wildlife or human story behind them. We also offer revision sessions for Key Stage 4 pupils on Wednesdays to support their revision for examinations.