The Geography Department has 3 full time teachers. The department has always set very high standards and the quality of work produced is often excellent. Today pupils produce display work, class work, homework and controlled assessments using a wide variety of media. They work in a wide variety of ways. We encourage pupils to become independent learners and to produce work using the most appropriate method for them.
At Key Stage 3 pupils have 3 lessons every two weeks. We follow the guidance issued by QCA and we have produced a scheme of work that we believe offers appropriate areas of study for our ever changing world. We have a balance of local, national and international studies. We investigate topics that are relevant to today's pupils. We use a range of traditional textbook based lessons, however increasingly the majority of our lessons are more interactive and with pupil based learning methods being used. We use the learning to learn skills acquired in year 7 to move our pupils learning forward. We aim to teach not only knowledge and understanding of our world but we also teach a wide variety of transferable skills. The emphasis has moved more toward sustainability and eco matters. Our scheme visits human, economic and physical geography. We strongly believe that fieldwork has a key place in geographical studies with year 7's visiting Birmingham, year 8's The Eden Project and year 9's The Centre for Alternative Technology.
At key stage 4 those that opt to study geography continue to achieve very high grades averaging over 80% A* to C over the past few years. Our syllabus at present covers six key topics, three in year 10 and three in year 11. Over the course of the two years we study Changing Urban Environments, Population Change, Tourism, The Restless Earth, Challenge of Weather and Climate and The Coastal Zone. Pupils have either 4 or 5 lessons per fortnight. The Controlled Assessment accounts for 25% of the total mark available. We undertake fieldwork for this at a location best suited to the Controlled Assessment topic which changes annually. We also offer our students an opportunity to attend a four day residential visit to Swanage.
The department is housed in 3 specialist rooms adjacent to a communal computer suite. Each room has an interactive whiteboard and computer and is well resourced with textbooks, worksheets and other materials.
Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development
Spiritual development – Spiritual education in Geography inspires awe and wonder at the natural world: both at the physical and human features. It also inspires wonder of the natural environment such as rivers, mountains, hills, volcanoes and the effect of weather and climate. It also includes the effect that the environment continues to have on settlement and peoples' daily lives.
Moral development – Moral education in Geography provides opportunities for students to recognise that development takes place within a global context and that local decisions affect and are affected by decisions and processes in other countries for example river pollution. Issues of justice, fairness and democracy are central and can be debated in terms of students' own experiences as well as using geographical issues as contexts.
Social development – Social education in Geography involves the study of real people in different societies. In looking at their own locality and others in the world, students' sense of identity and community can be strengthened.
Cultural development – Cultural education involves the study of real people in real places in the present. It provides opportunities for multi-cultural education through recognising commonalities and differences. It also encourages students to reflect on their own personal reality of sense of space.