Geography is important because it enlightens us: any landscape is a dynamic world of physical and human interactions on a local, regional, national and global scale.
The Geography Department seeks to provide all students with an understanding of some of the world’s complex physical and human elements, allowing them to consider a variety of viewpoints on geographical issues based upon content taught across all key stages. Geography encourages students to ask probing questions about the world around them, as well as form opinions on social, environmental and economic issues.
Students should be able to extend their geographical knowledge, skills, and understanding beyond the classroom and apply them to explain the world’s interconnections, as well as foster an attitude of kindness and tolerance towards others and concern for the environment in which we all live. This invariably involves students gaining an understanding of “Living life in all its fullness” building on Blue Coat’s CHRIST values.
The geographical knowledge, skills and understanding students have gained, will prepare them for everyday life outside of school, as well as further education and the workplace.
Teaching and Learning
In Geography we believe in delivering an ambitious yet highly inclusive curriculum to all. Our vision for Teaching & Learning is to ensure all students access the “full” curriculum and learn the breadth of content.
Our staff have high expectations of all pupils and focus on embedding our 3Rs:
All lessons focus on embedding the whole school Blue Coat approach:
- Explaining and Modelling
- Do & Practice
- 4forAll Toolkit leading to inclusive practice:
- Key words/Reading
- Use of time
- Chunk and check
- Appropriate verbal, written and visual feedback
Reading is an essential strategy within lessons. You will see staff applying the three reading strategies of:
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- AQA GCSE Geography (8035)
- AQA A Level Geography (7037)
Enrichment & Experiences
Recent/Upcoming trips include
- Year 7 – Investigative study of micro-climate around the school site
- Year 8 – Visit to the coast – Milford on Sea and Hurst Castle to study processes at work on the coast and coastal protection measures.
- Year 9 – Local investigative study
- Year 10 – Visit and fieldwork on Birkdale Sand dunes investigating the shape of the dunes and vegetation diversity.
- Year 11 – Visit and fieldwork to investigate the regenerated area of the Queen Elizabeth Park (Olympic Park) and compare with a more economically challenged area.
- Year 12 – Visit to Amersham Field Studies Council to investigate the many aspects of the water cycle: movement of water on different surfaces; river discharge; impact of interception and stemflow in a wooded area and infiltration capacity variation on a hillside. Visit Olympic Park to further investigate socio-economic and environmental quality.
- Year 13 – Carry out their own individual investigation for their A level. Investigations have included longshore drift on Hurst Castle spit, vegetation succession on Birkdale dunes; variations in quality of life and standard of living between differing areas in Coventry; the impacts of city centre regeneration in Coventry; the impact of footpath erosion at Brandon Marshes and so on.
- GCSE 23% Grade 9
- 57.3% Grade 7-9
- 91.2% Grade 4-9
Of last years’ cohort students the typical university destinations included, Coventry, Cardiff, De Montfort, Warwick and Liverpool Institute for performing arts, to study: quantity surveying and commercial management, urban planning & development, nursing, biomedical studies, tourism & hospitality management, language culture and communication, and music.