Geography

The Geography Department comprises three rooms plus a general resource room and a well equipped sixth form study room/library.

At Key Stage 3, the units of study use resource-based learning activities which focus on curricular themes such as Economic Activities, Ecosystems and Geographical Skills. Textbooks complement the units and extend the development of knowledge, understanding and skills. General knowledge is broadened through research on continents and countries for a Key Stage 3 Place Notebook.

During Years 11 and 12, the GCSE course provides a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of our physical and human environment with an emphasis on modern issues which challenge decision makers across our globe, e.g. mapwork and photographic analysis and interpretation form an integral part of the course.

In the Sixth form, the AS and A2 level courses concentrate on physical and human processes, themes and systems and their resulting patterns and relationships over time and space. The challenge of managing our environment with a sensitive appreciation of issue resolution within our multi-cultural world is studied. Competences in practical, graphical and communication skills are enhanced through individual research, presentations, essay assignments and discussions. A ‘Course Companion’ guides girls through this course.

At all stages, fieldwork activities aid understanding and ICT is increasingly integrated to enhance teaching and learning. Girls are encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress through personal evaluation and target setting.