The Geography Team aims to provide the best possible geographical learning experience for our students both within and outside of the classroom. Our curriculum enables all students to develop a sense of wonder at the beauty of the natural world and the power of natural processes.
Through the use of a wide variety of high quality resources, we aim to instil an appetite for the discovery of the world. We nurture a range of transferable skills to enable students to confidently face the opportunities and challenges of life beyond school. Teaching and learning strategies are adopted that encourage questioning and critical thinking to enable students to develop informed and balanced viewpoints, whilst understanding the effects of their decisions. We aspire to develop global citizens who recognise the responsibility they have to other people as well as to the sustainability of our planet, in a rapidly changing world.
We are continuously reviewing our curriculum with the view of fully engaging our learners in relevant, interesting geographies. We place a strong emphasis on fieldwork since we feel that these opportunities are an essential part of a pupil’s geographical education. Currently we run a number of ALDs (Advanced Learning Days) for all Key Stages including trips to Kew Gardens, Bedford, Birmingham and London. We are also planning to offer a residential trip to Iceland for Year 12 students this year. There are also Geography PLCs (Personal Learning Challenges) that operate on a Wednesday afternoon and currently we offer Orienteering and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to students in all year groups.
In September 2012, the Geography Department was awarded the Geographical Association’s Secondary Quality Geography Mark (SGQM) in recognition of our work.
Key Stage 3 Gallery of Work
A-Z of Geography
All Year 7 students were given the challenge of designing and producing a keyword poster related to a letter of the alphabet for one of the topics they had studied throughout the year. The aim was to use the letter outline creatively to display the keyword, idea or theme. These are the overall winners:
Model building fun!
These models have been created by Year 7 students as part of their homework.
A-Z of climate change
Year 8 students were asked to design a keyword poster for a word related to the study of climate change. It could focus on the causes, effects or responses. These are the overall winners for each letter of the alphabet:
Developing literacy in Geography lessons
Year 8 students were given the opportunity to show their creativity through the production of these
cross-sections of the rainforest. To be successful they had to entirely construct their picture from the key terminology that they had been learning. Here are some of the outstanding examples:
Key Stage 4 Gallery of Work
Here are some amazing examples of classwork, homework and revision notes created by some Year 11 students in preparation for their final GCSE exams.