Geography

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The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

All students study Geography at Key Stage Three. Geography is an optional subject at Key Stage Four. The department offers local fieldwork to London and the Surrey Hills in all key stages.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)


Students are taught in different mixed ability groups in year seven, eight and nine.

In year seven students study geographical skills; our place in the world; our country and its population; the physical world and weather and climate.

In year eight students study natural hazards; coast and Antarctica; urbanisation; energy and environmental issues.

In year nine students study development and conflict; glacial landscapes and a country study of China. We start a GCSE topic in the final term for all students to prepare them for the start of key stage 4.

On occasions topical issues are taught when significant events occur such as the migrant crisis, volcanic eruptions and major sporting events.

Students complete key assessments each half term and their progress helps to inform teachers and families.

Each of our topics follows a learning journey which incorporates skills and the development of geographical knowledge and understanding.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


Students are taught in mixed ability groups where Geography is currently a popular option subject at GCSE level.

We teach the AQA Geography specification as a two year course with some GCSE content preparation at the end of year 9.

During Year Ten we focus on the challenge of natural hazards; the physical landscape of the UK with empathises on coasts and rivers and urban challenges.

During Year Eleven students focus on the living world; changing economic world and resource management with empathise on food.

Students also undertake human and physical fieldwork which is examined in their final GCSE summer exams.

We encourage our geographers to use revision guides from publishers such as Hodder and CGP to enable them to prepare affectively for their exams. Subscriptions to publications such as WideWorld magazine also develop their wider synoptic understanding.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)


Geography is a popular course in the sixth form, and a popular choice of undergraduate study at university for our students. Like with GCSE we follow the AQA specification.

The A Level course covers a range of human and physical topics from water and carbon, hazards, population and global governance. A Fieldwork investigation is undertaken during the course incorporating many geographical and statistical skills. This is worth 20% of their final A Level grade.

Wider reading and developing synoptic skills is paramount to our geographer’s success. We continue to encourage our geographers to use revision guides from publishers such as Hodder and CGP and we subscribe to publications like Geographical Review magazine. We provide a comprehensive reading list to stretch and challenge our students. Also within our yearly calendar we attend lectures and conferences to enhance our Geography.


Textbooks

GCSE:

AQA GCSE (9–1) Geography (Hodder) ISBN: 978-1471859922

GCSE Geography AQA Student Book (OUP) ISBN: 978-0198366614

A Level:  AQA A-level Geography Fourth Edition(Hodder) ISBN: 978-1471858697

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