Geography is all around us; it is out there to be observed and enjoyed. Students are encouraged to develop an empathy and understanding of the dynamic world we live in.
Transferrable skills from discussion to map-reading from graph skills to designing posters are developed and help to shape our students into responsible global citizens.
Year 7: Taught as part of combined Humanities:
Down Under! Australia
So Long Suckers! Recycling
In a Twist! Weather
Year 8: Taught in modules:
India (including a collaborative project with our partner school in New Delhi)
Year 9: Students begin to learn skills required for GCSE by studying:
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Energy and Water Resources
Assessment is in the form of ongoing teacher assessment, formal half-termly assessments and formal exams in Year 8 & 9.
The course followed is the AQA specification. The topics studied include:
Physical Landscapes of the UK: Coasts and Rivers
Tectonic and Atmospheric Hazards
Urban Issues and Challenges
Fieldwork investigation (including a 2-day fieldtrip to Sheringham, Norfolk in Year 10).
This is a linear course and assessment takes place at the end of Year 11 in the form of three written examinations. End of unit tests will take place at the end of each unit in class time and books will be marked regularly. GCSE revision surgeries take place throughout the year.
A-Level Geography is a popular subject. The course followed is the AQA specification.
In Year 12 students study: Water and Carbon Cycles, Coasts, Global Systems and Global Governance, Contemporary Urban Environments and geographical skills.
In Year 13 students study: Hazards, Changing Places, geographical skills and NEA Coursework using data collected on a 4-day residential fieldwork trip to Swanage.
Assessment takes place in the form of regularly marked exam questions and essays with an end of Year 12 exam (internally set) and the final two written A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Students final grades also incorporate a piece of independent fieldwork to be written up formally and submitted to the exam board. A-Level revision surgeries take place throughout the year.
We believe that visits and fieldwork should play a vital role in the learning process. As a result the pupils have regular opportunities to carry out fieldwork in the locality and further afield. We are proud to offer a wide range of enrichment activities both in school and off-site, including:
All year groups are offered additional enrichment activities, including investigating global issues in International Week; discussion on topical issues and visits with the local council; delivering workshops in primary schools; collaborative projects with our partner schools in India, Germany and Kenya; fieldwork opportunities in Hatfield town centre; Save the World Club.