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THE DEPARTMENT’S OWN PHILOSOPHY
The key purpose of the Geography Department is to create a positive and challenging learning environment in which students of all abilities can confidently work to reach their full potential.
As a department we hope -
To develop in young people a knowledge and understanding of where they live; of other people and places; the concept of sustainability; of human and physical environments; and the causes and consequence of change.
To develop skills needed to carry out geographical study e.g. enquiry, mapwork and fieldwork
To encourage pupils to have an appreciation of the world around us.
KEY STAGE 3
Over the course of KS3, students get an introduction to a wide range of human and physical geography topics, such as volcanoes, (extreme) weather, the geography of fashion and sport, and coasts. Students will also begin to develop the core geographical skills, including map reading, analysing resources and presenting data.
key stage 4
At GCSE we follow the AQA specification. Students will build on the knowledge and skills they develop at KS3. In the summer term of Year 10, students have the opportunity to go on a residential fieldtrip. Here they will complete a fieldwork investigation and see examples of the topics studied in the real world.
key stage 5
Students study the AQA specification at A-level. They study a range of physical and human geography theories and case studies. In the spring term of Year 12, students attend a residential fieldtrip to develop their knowledge of a variety of geographical skills. We also invite speakers from a number of university Geography departments to give students an appreciation of degree-level Geography.
In the Sixth Form, Year 12 students have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to achieve the Silver Award. This is a very rewarding experience, which is highly regarded by universities and employers. Students have to learn a new skill, take part in a regular physical activity, complete a volunteering placement and successfully navigate their way on a 3-day expedition.
The Eco-Club meets every Wednesday after school. The students decide the priorities for the club, trying to find new ways to make the College site more environmentally friendly. Projects have included: planting trees, making bird boxes and hedgehog houses, setting up a recycling scheme and looking at ways to save energy.