The Geography department aims to guide learners through investigating the amazing, unique and wonderful parts of our world. Learners find out about the processes that shape our landscape; how human beings interact with each other and the world; what hazards the world presents and how to manage these; what makes biomes unique; why some places are poorer or richer than others; where places are; why some places are drier than others; what resources are important; and where to find resources and what might happen if they run out.
Learners are provided with a great deal of choice about how to learn and which sections of the Geographical content interest and intrigue them the most. They are then guided into how to learn in a geographical way: learning skills of finding and describing places; interdependence; map skills; inequality; asking geographical questions; and using evidence to back up their ideas. Some of the areas of study which are regularly focussed up on are learner investigations of tectonic movement and the associated hazards and responses, and the real story is behind migration and our relationship with people struggling around the world.
At Key stage 4 the primary aim of the course is to create good Geographers who have a wide range of knowledge about their planet and a wide range of skills for accessing and explaining their knowledge. The focus is not confined to the GCSE specification but looks at Geography in the news; the Geography of their local area and extreme environments. Learners engage with study of a country which is personally chosen and learning is led by what interests and intrigues each individual learner.
General geographical themes that are covered at KS4 include:
Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and droughts.
Dynamic development such as jobs and money around the world and why some countries are richer or poorer than others.
Distinctive landscapes where we learn about how water shapes the landscape, flooding, coastal features and management.
The UK in the 21st century; learners have a chance to learn all about their own country and the unique challenges and opportunities we will face in the future.