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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 visits to Bushy Park, the River Thames, Kew Gardens and to the Dorset coastline; as well as having taken students to Iceland (KS4) and Sicily (KS5).

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 weather and climate, geographical skills and ecosystems. We always visit Kew Gardens.

In year eight students study physical geography, energy and Africa.

In year nine students study plate tectonics, hurricanes, world development, tourism, crime, China, South Africa, environmental issues and sustainable development. We also pick up on topical issues in year nine and study issues and events such as the migrant crisis and the Olympics.

Students complete key assessments each term and their levels of achievement help inform their levels on their reports.

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.

During Year Ten we focus on Plate Tectonics, Population and Tourism, and the field trip based Controlled Assessment project.

During Year Eleven students complete their Controlled Assessment and study Development, Rivers and Coasts.

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.

The A Level course covers Rivers, Health Issues, Population, Cold Environments, Plate Tectonics, Geosystems and Conflict Issues. Also examined are geographical fieldwork and skills ana paper on a geographical investigation into topical issue / event.

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