Geography develops skills, knowledge and understanding of place and patterns and an appreciation of our world and its environment. In developing geographical skills, girls learn to take part in debate and discussion, write effectively, carry out surveys, represent and analyse data, and gain realistic knowledge about our world and its environment. ICT is integrated into the course; in addition to using the students’ Chromebook, the department has its own suite of laptops for use in each classroom.
Geography is not just an academic subject; it aims to make a difference in the students’ lives. Their responsibilities as global citizens are developed as they learn that they can make a difference. Their enthusiasm for changing the world has been converted into support for sustainable aid projects in Sri Lanka and Madagascar. In the past, students have supplied clean water and sanitation to schools, built a cook house and canteen and set up a micro-finance initiative.
Geography in the Timetable
Geography is a compulsory subject in Years 7 to 9. Year 7 has three and Years 8 and 9 have four one-hour lessons per fortnight; all pupils are set one homework task each week.
GCSE Geography is a popular option; the Pearson/Edexcel syllabus A specification builds on the topics and skills taught during KS3. With a balance of human and physical units, it offers a secure foundation for Advanced Level studies. Students have five one-hour lessons per fortnight and are set two homework tasks per week.
Fieldwork takes place within the school grounds, in the surrounding area and as part of residential fieldwork courses. Supporting the topics taught in the classroom, fieldwork helps students to investigate and understand the world around them; it’s fun too!