Geography helps young people to understand the world in which they live. Students also learn to appreciate the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface and to develop some understanding of the relationships between people and environments. Through the study of Geography students develop a wide range of social, intellectual and analytical skills which help equip them for the world outside. It is studied by all students at Key Stage 3 where students learn about the countries of India, China and Kenya and topics such as the world’s oceans, cold environments and weather and climate.
At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel Specification B Course. As part of the course students will complete two field trips, one to a human environment and one to a physical environment; students will be assessed on these studies as part of their GCSE examination.
At A Level students study the Edexcel course. The course includes topics such as Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Globalisation, Climate Change Futures, Super powers and Shaping Places. In addition, students complete an independent fieldwork investigation of between 3000-4000 words.
Grouping and Setting
Geography is taught in mixed ability classes at KS3, 4 and 5. Geography is an option subject for GCSE and part of the English Baccalaureate.
Students complete an interim and landmark assessment every half term. Students are given feedback on their work based on both of these assessments and complete improvement prompts based on these, ensuring that they know how to improve their work.
The department runs a number of field trips throughout the year for GCSE and A Level courses. In addition the department runs a Green Council which is working towards the Eco-Schools Award.