Geography helps students to make sense of the world around them and the challenges we all face. We want our students to see how relevant Geography is in our modern and complex world, and for students to understand this world and the role they play in the future of it. We want our students to become well-rounded and worldly people that know; think; study and explore like a Geographer.
We want all our Geography students to:
- Know Geography - as they develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts.
- Think like a Geographer - as they gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time, and the relationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts.
- Study like a Geographer - as they develop and extend their competence in a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources; and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses.
- Explore like a Geographer - as they apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues; and develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding.
The Geography department is made up of five Geography specialists who are passionate about Geography (of course) but also passionate about making learning about Geography fun and thought-provoking. We have a very strong team that consistently deliver excellent GCSE results year-on-year.
As Geography is such a current and everchanging subject, we try to keep our curriculum current and engaging. With every eruption, tropical storm or natural disaster that occurs, we weave this into our lessons, exploring the causes, consequences and possible solutions to these events. We believe that the more students engage with the world around them and the events taking place in the world, the more likely they are to be successful when they leave us.
With the world around us changing so dramatically in 2020, the Geography department feel that the world now has a prime opportunity to restart our ‘bad habits’ and start treating our planet better. Plastic waste; deforestation; overuse of fossil fuels and global climate change are all challenges that we could start to solve if we take them seriously. We just need the motivation to do something NOW!
We would like you to do a survey of your home and see what your carbon footprint is. This will make you think about the energy you use, the food that you eat and the ways that you travel.
So you will need to look in your fridge and check where your fruits and veg come from, ask your parents how many miles they drive and think about how many electronic devices you have plugged in at once.
When you have completed you survey we want you to write a pledge. A pledge that says:
I am going to stop doing…
I am going to reduce doing…
I am going to keep doing…
Try to make these pledges colourful and simple to follow.
Web links to help: