“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?" Michael Palin, Ex-president of the Royal Geographical Society
Key Stage 3
The Geography department takes an enquiry approach to teaching and learning and aims to develop a sense of “place”, an understanding of development and the need for sustainable development. We seek to get students to ask questions of the world surrounding them. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the interaction between people and their environment and the many global issues that the planet faces.
Geography is taught with an emphasis on making the subject dynamic, contemporary and relevant. We use the most recent information and examples to illustrate the topics being covered. At the heart of studying Geography is the desire to find out more about why, and how, various inter-related elements of the world work.
“I enjoy finding out about the world in which I live in, through topics such as globalisation.” HBS student
Key Stage 4
Over two thirds of students opt to take Geography at GCSE. We follow the AQA syllabus. This is a balanced course that builds on the Key Stage 3 experience. Physical processes are explored, along with the human world, and how these two processes interact with the natural environment. The course enables students to see how these impact on a variety of scales: local, national and international. These are seen first-hand through a week long residential fieldtrip to Flatford Mill.
Key Stage 5
At A Level students will study the Edexcel specification, which is a topical and challenging course. Geographers will need to see the interactions between human physical and environmental. Fieldwork and research skills are key features of the course. The modules show how Geography is a key subject that addresses the key ideas and debates of the world today.
Year 12 has two focuses: a personal fieldwork project based around our 5 day residential trip to Devon. The topics studied in Year 12 include Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Globalisation, Coastal Landscapes and Change and Regenerating Places.
"Geography is an interdisciplinary subject which explores the complex interdependence between the physical characteristics of a place and its politics, economics and culture. It plays a vital role in shaping history, present crises and the future solution of the most pressing issues facing human civilisation."
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Curriculum Activities and Trips
The Department runs weekly enrichment, which can take a variety of forms. There is a programme of visiting speakers that will often speak on topics beyond the curriculum. The department runs fieldtrips for every year, which may be river fieldwork, visiting a small tropical rainforest, coastal and urban fieldwork, as well as the extremely popular Iceland fieldtrip.
I love Geography because it's everywhere. It allows me to understand the world we live in and make independent, informed decisions.