The geography courses studied encompass both human and physical geography. Geography teaching in the school aims to develop the students’ understanding of the world around them and enable students to consider interactions between both the physical and human element of geography. Key geographical skills are developed over the key stages including: map skills, interpretation of resources, diagrams and graphs. These skills are also transferable to other lessons and these links are made explicit within lessons.
Key Stage 3
At KS3, students cover a variety of topics during their four cyclical lessons to help them to develop their skills. Topics covered are varied and include: tourism, a case study on China, rivers and weather systems.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, students will sit two exams at the end of Year 11 and will also complete a controlled assessment unit. Students have a field trip day as part of the course. They will develop their exam technique and how to apply their knowledge throughout the course. Units studied include restless earth, living with hazards and global tourism. Each of the units covers both human and physical elements of geography.
Key Stage 5
In the Sixth Form students further develop geographical skills and extend their knowledge, including topics such as population change, weather, natural hazards and rivers. Fieldwork skills are developed through a residential trip to Wales.