Geography

Departmental Vision

The Geography department aims to enable students to see the joy within the patterns and processes which are integral to the World around them. We aim to enable the students to develop their skills of enquiry, by developing logical routes of questioning. We aim to enable them to be able to discover answers through independent research and thought and we aim to create students who think geographically and to whom concepts of sustainability are second nature.
In order to achieve this we:
Use a variety of teaching and learning strategies which involve and extend the students
Use ICT as a tool for research and analysis
Develop the use of Art in Geography to encourage different ways of “seeing”
Develop and extend the students by having high expectations and challenging activities
Respond to the learning needs of the student

KS3 Overview (what is taught in KS3)

At KS3, We study the full range of key geographical themes, through a maximum of 18 topics.
In Year 7 – The students learn how to use the key skills of Geography, followed by tectonic and climatic hazards and lastly Rivers and Coasts.
In Year 8 – The students learn about Economic development in China, Population, Settlement, Weather and Climate, Ecosystems and rocks and scenery.

KS4 Overview (what is taught in KS4)

At KS4, we study the six key topics of:
1. Rocks, resources and scenery.
2. Ice on the land
3. Water on the land
4. Tourism
5. Population
6. Economic Development

We prepare the students for writing the controlled assessment by taking them out on a fieldtrip. The skills of report writing are developed, in order to enable them to achieve.

KS5 Overview (what is taught in KS5)

At KS5 we study:
Managing Human Environments – Urban, Tourism, Energy
Managing Physical Environments – Coasts, Rivers Glaciation
Global Issues – Ecosystems and Globalisation
Fieldwork techniques
In order to revise key themes and enable the students to achieve their best, we take them out for a 3 day residential fieldtrip.

Career Opportunities

Geography is a valuable subject which develops the real life skills that colleges and employers want.

Useful Websites

mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/games.html
www.geography.org.uk/gtip/thinkpieces/usinggamesingeography
curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/index.aspx

Extra-Curricular Activities

From September, we aim to run a Geography Lunch time activities club, which will focus on environmentally aware, international and commonwealth themes.