Welcome to Geography!
Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change. Geography explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It also examines natural resources and their sustainable use.
Key Stage 3
Students cover a variety of contemporary topics to help develop their geographical skills and interest in the world around them. Map work is linked to school based fieldwork which encourages students to develop cartographic skills in a familiar environment including GIS. Human geography is often linked to case studies of different countries or continents e.g. Brazil, Africa, UK and India. Physical geography is linked to natural wonders which includes ecosystems, national parks and the Amazon Rainforests. Environmental geography is linked to natural hazards and global geographical issues.
Years 9, 10 and 11 - New Spec Edexcel B
Component 1 - Global Geographical issues : Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics and Challenges of an Urbanising World
Component 2 - UK Geographical issues : UK's Evolving Physical landscape - Coastal change and UK's Evolving Human Landscape - Investigating Dynamic Urban areas.
Component 3 - People and Environment issues : People and the biosphere, forest under threat and consuming energy resources.
All units are equally weighted. There is no controlled assessment.
Key Stage 5 - Edexcel Specification
Unit 1 : Dynamic landscapes - 30% of the qualification
Tectonic processes and Hazards, The water cycle and water insecurity, Coastal landscapes and change and The carbon cycle and energy insecurity
Unit 2 : 30% of the qualification
Globalisation, Regenerating or diverse places, Super powers, Migration, identity and sovereignty
Unit 3: Synoptic paper combining all of the topics above: 20% of the qualification
Unit 4: NEA – Independent fieldwork investigation 20% of A level.
Research topic on costal processes / management or Regeneration.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
The Geography department cater for activity days to Burgh Beech reservoir in Kent for our geography ambassadors. Students have the opportunity to take part in a series of team-building and problem-solving activities designed to progressively develop their skills in working with others and to explore their own abilities while engaging in water saving ideas!
In GCSE we work alongside the Edexcel B Spec and take them on fieldtrips to one of the following locations - East London, Box Hill, Dorking or the Dorset coastline.
KS5 really allows for kinaesthetic learning as students go on 2 national trips and 1 international trip, often Iceland being the attractive destination to study plate tectonics.
There are also a host of extra support sessions provided for all our students from KS3 – KS5. There are many revision sessions for students before school and after school for GCSE and A level.