Head of Department - Mr C Ruck
Geography is a dynamic and challenging subject that allows students to have a greater appreciation of the world we live in, the challenges we face in the future and the importance of understanding inter-relationships between the human and physical environments. It also provides the opportunity to develop a range of highly valuable and transferable skills such as using fieldwork equipment, analysing data, graphical and cartographic skills, statistical skills and ICT skills most noticeably Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing.
The KS3 course is based on three key areas: People’s Stories, Tomorrow’s Geography and How the Earth Made Us, with the geography of these areas being studied at a local, national and international scale. Modules of note include sustainable cities, glorious glaciers, conflicts and extreme environments.
In support of our syllabus each Year undertakes a fieldwork day and fieldwork investigation:
Junior Form – Sustainable Cities visit to East London and the Olympic Park
First year – orienteering challenge and school microclimate investigation
Second year – rivers investigation
Third year – development day in London
The KS3 schemes of work are designed to be challenging yet fun but also to prepare students appropriately for the jump up to GCSE and then A-Level if they choose to continue with the subject.
The GCSE students study Edexcel IGCSE which is an academically challenging yet rewarding GCSE course. It includes two day trips – one to the Purbeck coast and one to the London Docklands.
At A-Level we study the Edexcel A-Level syllabus – details of which can be found on the 6th form page.
In addition to the days listed above, the geography department offers a Lower School trip to the Brecon Beacons staying in the school’s new Boetius field studies centre, a Lower School trip to Iceland, a GCSE trip to Sicily and a sixth from trip to Switzerland. In 2017 we will be launching a new and truly memorable trip to Borneo for all ages.
Outdoor experiences are complemented by a strong Junior Geography Society – the GeoExplorers and the Senior Geography Society involves visits to external lectures, guest speakers and student presentations.
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