Geography teaching in the school aims to develop the students’ understanding of the world around them. The courses studied encompass both human and physical geography and enable students to consider interactions between the two. Key geographical skills are developed over the key stages including, map skills, interpretation of resources such as aerial photos, diagrams and graphs, considering different people's opinions and presenting arguments as well as applying ideas to different situations.
Key Stage 3
In the lower school, at Key Stage 3, students cover a variety of topics during their 2 weekly lessons to help them to develop their skills. Topics covered are varied and include a school based enquiry, tectonic hazards, population, weather and water, settlement and ecosystems.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA Spec B GCSE course where they have 2 exams at the end of Year 11 and will also complete a controlled assessment unit. Students have a field trip day as part of the course to Studland Bay in Dorset. They will develop their exam technique and how to apply their knowledge throughout the course. Units studied include the coastal and urban environments, living with hazards and global tourism. Each of the units covers both human and physical elements of geography.
Key Stage 5
In the sixth form students further develop geographical skills and extend their knowledge, including topics such as rivers, cold environment, population and health at AS. Fieldwork skills are developed through a residential trip - usually to Wales.
The video below was produced by Year 8 students as part of their work on coral reefs: