'Whether researching a volcano that stops air travel in its tracks, deciding where to locate a wind farm, or using geographical information systems (GIS) to help locate a business, the work of geographers across the world is as diverse as it is compelling.’
Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society
The study of Geography gives pupils and students the ability to understand the world in which they live. A successful Geographer is able to see the big picture and, at the same time, appreciate the finer detail that contributes to the balance of people and places.
The Geography Department is made up of enthusiastic and committed staff teaching in well-equipped rooms.
A range of local visits and trips are used to enhance teaching and learning within the subject and we use an enquiry based approach to our work.
Pupils in Year 7 carry out a traffic survey and microclimate enquiry. Year 8 enjoy a visit from Zoo Lab to support our study of ecosystems. In Year 9 the focus is on developing geographical skills in readiness for the GCSE course.
GCSE pupils take part in an overnight or day trip to North Norfolk where they study the coastal environment.
A Level students take part in a residential trip to a field studies centre in North Wales where their studies include glaciated environments and energy supply. They also visit London to support the Global development and connections unit of work.
The main areas studied in Geography at Key Stage 3 revolve around different aspects of human, physical and environmental geography. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 study a range of topics all aimed at increasing their knowledge of people, places, cultures and environments.
Year 7 My Geography Passport, local area studies, map skills, British Isles map work, sustainable development, weather and climate and a transport enquiry.
Year 8 Rainforests and deserts, population, developing countries, earthquakes and volcanoes, Fairtrade
Assessment takes place regularly by assignment or test at the end of each unit of work. Pupils also complete an end of year examination.
KS3 Steps of Progress
Geography is a very popular option choice at Key Stage 4 and pupils (from September 2016) prepare for the OCR A GCSE Geography examination.
Key areas of study include aspects of physical, human and environmental geography at a range of scales and in different places. Assessment is by three written exams. Pupils are also required to carry out fieldwork in contrasting environments, normally undertaken on a fieldtrip to North Norfolk. Classes are taught in sets according to ability which encourages differentiation within the teaching groups.
A Level Geography is also a popular course and follows the Edexcel A level Geography specification
Topics studied build on the knowledge and skills acquired at Key Stage 4 whilst also encouraging more critical thinking and independent learning.
The course includes a variety of specialist topics within the broad study areas of:
- Dynamic landscapes including tectonic processes and hazards
- Dynamic places including globalisation
- Physical systems and sustainability including water and energy security
- Global development and connections including superpowers