Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (Human Geography) and the earth sciences (Physical Geography), putting this understanding of social and physical processes within the essential context of places and regions. It tackles the big issues, such as environmental responsibility, our global interdependence and cultural tolerance. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next fifty years than it has ever done before. Geography helps to explain why and helps to prepare pupils for those changes.
Pupils are taught a wide-ranging combination of skills. The Geography department develops their ability to evaluate ideas from many different sources and perspectives. Geography graduates are among the most employable. They possess the skills that employers look for. In part this is because the subject combines knowledge of science with an understanding of the arts.
The Geography department provides Lower School pupils with an in depth introduction to the subject, building skills that will be central to later work. Year 7 pupils study the following topics; Mapwork, Settlement, Tectonics, and Coasts. The focus in Year 8 is largely environmental. They study Rivers and Glaciation, Ecosystems and Rainforests, Energy and Climate change.
At GCSE, we continue to extend the core skills and understanding, as well as introduce some more difficult concepts associated with development. The department prepares the pupils for the Edexcel A exam by teaching key case studies that reinforce processes and ideas taught in class.
We also produce past question booklets so that our pupils can practise every question that has ever been set and benefit from focused feedback. Each case study has a set of associated revision notes and glossary sheets to aid them in their use of key terms.
Sixth Form and A Level
We follow the AQA A Level specification in studying physical geography topics
as diverse as Water and Carbon Cycles, Hazards and Coastal Systems. In
human geography we look at global systems, global governance and urban
environments. Geographical skills are taught throughout the course to
prepare students for their 4000 word individual investigation. We undertake
field work to help focus the ideas of our students and demonstrate data
collection, data presentation and analytical techniques.
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