The geography department consists of five specialist staff, all of whom teach from KS3-5. We have five geography classrooms that are well equipped and our own set of Tablet computers which are used to enhance learning.
At Key Stage 3, geography is taught in mixed ability groups with three lessons a fortnight. We follow a thematic approach with a focus on a different topic each term. During the course of the school year, students in KS3 will have studied both Physical and Human Geography topics. Year 7 includes studies of both India and China as well as Deserts. Year 8 includes Population Geography, Rivers and Coasts. Year 9 students can expect to cover Plate Tectonics, Glaciation and Development.
Geography is a popular option at Key Stage 4 where it is also taught in mixed ability groups. We have five lessons a fortnight. We are currently in the process of changing our GCSE with the new Edexcel B course beginning in September 2016. Fieldwork remains an essential part of GCSE Geography and that will continue with the new specification. There is a requirement for both human and physical geography fieldwork and we are currently developing some new and exciting fieldwork ready for the new course.
Geography is also popular at A level where students have nine lessons a fortnight. All groups have two teachers. Our new A level course will be taught for the first time in September 2016 and we have chosen to study the new EDEXCEL A level syllabus. Fieldwork is again an essential part of the course and we are developing new residential fieldwork ready for the new syllabus.
For more information about each key stage, please click on each of the sections below.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)
Geography is taught in mixed ability tutor groups in Key Stage 3. During Key Stage 3 students cover a range of topics which will engage and stretch them and provide an opportunity to learn about our amazing world.
In Year 7, the topics students cover include: What is geography? map skills, China, India, weather and climate, economic activity and hot and cold deserts. These topics are not necessarily covered in this order. Through these topics students will develop key geographical skills and broaden their understanding of a range of human and physical issues.
In Year 8, students start with atlas work and map projections, latitude and longitude, seasons and a consideration of the main world biomes, rainforests, savannas and deserts. They also study weather and climate in the context of the UK, and finally, how we can feed the world.
In Year 9, students learn new skills and develop an enquiring mind. They will study earthquakes and volcanoes, super powers, globalisation, USA development and China.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)
The geography course consists of human and physical modules.
The human module will involve topics such as changing urban environments here and abroad, tourism, population and world development. The physical module will consist of plate tectonics, rivers and coasts. This will also include the management of river flooding, coastal erosion and coastal habitats. Case studies are taken from across the world.
Field trips include the River Tillingbourne controlled assessment and a visit to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
Mapskills are ongoing throughout the course and part of all assessments. Students also learn a range of written, diagrammatical, statistical presentation and analysis skills.
A level geography will enable students to be inspired by their geographical understanding, to engage critically with real world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them.
Students will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, who understand the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.
For more information about this subject at KS5, please click here to view the relevant subject leaflet at the bottom of the page.