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GEOGRAPHY

OVERVIEW

Geography opens your eyes to the world and allows you to respect other cultures and religions, whilst marvelling in the genius of the world’s mechanics. The aim of the Geography Department is to help young people make sense of the world around them and to introduce students to the ‘big issues’ facing us today. This enables them to have informed opinions in a rapidly changing world.

Students are encouraged to become involved in their dynamic environment by the study of the physical landscape (rocks, landforms, weather, climate and ecosystems), as well as the use that people make of their surroundings by building settlements, earning their livelihoods and the contrasts between different countries at different levels of development. Process is important too, as pupils learn to understand what, or who, is responsible for change in the human and physical landscape and explore inter-relationships. 

In a rapidly changing and increasingly fragile world, the Geography Department will prepare students to make informed decisions on issues such as:

  • Environmental responsibility
  • Increasing global interdependence
  • Cultural understanding and tolerance
  • The globalisation of commerce, trade and industry
  • Development and underdevelopment

At every level, there is a focus on skill development, such as map reading and IT; at the same time, pupils are strongly encouraged in the skills of decision-making and problem solving. Many examples from the local area, the British Isles, Europe and the rest of the world are used to highlight these varied topics.

MEET THE STAFF

Ms. D. Mackey

Mrs. L. Cousins

Ms. R. Reilly

AIMS

Through the study of Geography the student should:

  • Acquire knowledge about locations and develop a sense of place, and so develop lively, enquiring minds
  • Understand the important characteristics of the earth’s physical systems
  • Appreciate sustainability, and explore the interaction of human activities and physical environments and its consequences, leading to an awareness of the changes we make, both locally and globally.
  • Have an awareness and appreciation of human diversity and thus develop students as contributors to society.
  • Acquire a range of skills and competencies necessary for geographical study, making students capable of independent and imaginative thought.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to fulfil their academic potential in external examinations (GCSE, GCE), thereby preparing them for Further and/or Higher Education.
  • Hopefully engage with a fun, stimulating and purposeful learning environment where each member is valued and encouraged to develop self-confidence and a commitment to learning.

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 8

  • Introducing Geography
  • Me and My World
  • Mapskills
  • Rocks Rock
  • People Everywhere
  • The Place Where I Live

YEAR 9

  • Wild Weather
  • Rich World, Poor World
  • Freezer to Oven

YEAR 10

  • Jigsaw Earth
  • Timber
  • Last One Out, Turn Out the Lights!

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE Geography

Geography subject description at GCSE level.

KEY STAGE 5

A Level Geography

Geography subject description at AS / A Level.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Our students will also leave with a range of transferable skills which can be utilised in the world of further study or employment.

Geography is the what of where. It is vitally important for understanding the world around us. Geographers question the world and seek to understand it, they explain why things are where they are, and why the world is as it is – it is always on the news!.The list of Geography’s interactions are endless – no other subject at school links so many factors together as one.