All teaching rooms have interactive whiteboards and media projection facilities. The department is keen to make use of modern technologies and is looking to develop greater use of GIS. There is a substantial range of published texts with Geog.123 being used for much of the work at KS3 and syllabus specific texts being the basis for GCSE and A level study. These are supported by a wide range of electronic resources including many we have uploaded to our VLE.
All students follow the KS3 course in Years 7 and 8, receiving just over 100 hours’ tuition over the two years. Topics include Map Skills, UK Geography, a local urban study, Super powers, The Hom of Africa, Vietnam and Brazil and The Oceans, , Coasts and Natural Hazards. During Year 8 students choose their three optional subjects for study in KS4. All who aspire to achieve the EBacc qualification are required to choose Geography and/or History among these options and we welcome non-EBacc students onto our GCSE courses, too.
The department follows the AQA 8035 Specification at GCSE and the AQA specification for AS and A2 Geography also. Details of these syllabuses can be found at www.aqa.org.uk.
The Geography Department aims to enable all students to gain an understanding of some of the complex elements of the world they live in. The physical side of the subject encourages students to investigate how the natural systems of the planet function and how human behaviour can have beneficial or damaging impacts upon them. Issues such as the potential impacts of Climate Change are tackled along with the practical challenges of rising sea levels and changing natural habitats. On the human side of the subject modules include contemporary topics and how the benefits brought to one section of global society may well be at the expense of quality of life for others. Throughout, students are encouraged to become steadily more independent in their learning as they explore and establish their own responses to the some of the many challenges facing them as they address their futures.
AS/A2 level students will experience a range of fieldwork opportunities including themes related to rivers and urban areas. This provides excellent opportunities for developing both personal and geographical skills, along with focused learning. Day trips also take place. Year 7 visit Hurst Castle and Year 8 will visit the Hampshire Coast. This year, we intend to look at the impact of toursim on Stratfors-Upon-Avon with Year 11 and study management of sand dunes at Sefton near Liverpool with Year 10. Year 9 will also undertake a local urban study to prepare them for the fieldwork skills required in the new GCSE. Practical and numerical skills are a major element of the new GCSE specification. The location of the GCSE Field Day varies from year to year according the topic chosen for the controlled assessment. Previously we have done fieldwork locally and in Ashes Hollow, near Church Stretton.