Miss S Roseveare
Head of Learning
Mrs H Finney
Miss A Hall
Mr P Stucken
Miss E Rule
Geography is a dynamic and contemporary subject that challenges us to question and understand the world we live in. Geographers not only acquire knowledge, but also key skills for the future.
All geographers throughout their school career will have independent learning tasks as their homework, which will be set at least once a term. These tasks will often be project based in Lower School, and then will be task stimulated into GCSE and A-Level. Independent learning will always be assessed alongside class work.
Fieldwork is integral to the geography course. The team plans many out of the classroom activities in their daily teaching. Local investigations throughout Lower School, Upper School and A-Level have included the coast (such as Margate and Herne Bay), rivers (of the Great River Stour) and urban environments (such as Canterbury and London). Our vision for the future is to expand our horizons with residential trips nationally, and abroad.
Lower School – Years 7 and 8
All students have three geography lessons over week A and B in Years 7 and 8.
During this stage, physical geography and human geography units are alternated, ensuring that a wide range of contemporary issues that face Planet Earth are studied. Pupils develop the key skills required during this time, including geographical enquiry, knowledge and understanding, investigation and finally fieldwork.
- Geography Survival Skills
- My Local and National Environment
- Explore the World
- Reporting the Weather
- Raging Rivers
- Sustainable Earth
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- People in the World
- Crumbling Coasts
- International Development
- Climate Change
- Earth's Resources
Upper School – Years 9, 10 and 11
In yeas 9,10 and 11 students have 5 geography lessons over weeks A and B.
Current year 9 and 10 students are studying the new GCSE AQA Geography specification. Year 9 begin to prepare for the GCSE by working on their own personalised learning, focusing on the necessary skills to complete the course, and application to local, national and international contemporary themes. This leads up to them taking three examinations in Year 11, paper 1: living with the physical environment and paper 2 challenges in the human environment, both earning 70% of the GCSE grade. The remaining 30% is gained through sitting paper 3: geographical applications. This involves being assessed on fieldwork techniques and geographical skills.
Years 12 and 13
Students have 8 a-level geography lessons over weeks A and B in sixth form.
A-level geographers study the AQA specification This is a linear course with two examinations and a non-examined assessment. The two examinations are in physical geography and human geography, each worth 40% of the grade. The non-examined assessment consists of students completing an independent investigation around data they have collected during fieldwork. This investigation will be a 3-400 word report that will be based on a question or issue developed by the student that relates to a topic of their choice from the areas of study. This is worth 20% of the final grade.
The physical topics of study are: water and carbon cycles; coastal systems and landscapes; hazards. The human topics of study are: global systems and global governance; changing places; population and the environment.