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Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are, why they are there, how places differ from one another and how people interact with their environment. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking and independent thought. The subject is forever changing which is what makes it such an exciting subject to study.
At Key Stage 3, pupils study a broad range of topics. In Year 7 these include Incredible India, Passport to the World, coasts and tourism. In Year 8 they examine weather, hazards, globalisation, volcanoes and environmental issues. Then in Year 9 topics include crime, plate tectonics, cold environments and map skills.
Year 7 also become travel agents promoting holiday destinations to the School community whilst Year 8 conduct a microclimate study. Year 9 pupils also enjoy a day of post-disaster mapping and planning with the British Cartographic Society.
At GCSE we follow the AQA syllabus covering a mixture of human and physical geography. In Year 10 pupils study the Physical Geography of the UK, Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Natural Hazards. In Year 11 they continue with topics such as The Living World and The Challenge of Resource Management. Throughout the course there are numerous opportunities to complete fieldwork and practical observational tasks.
At A Level we follow the AQA syllabus which consists of human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. In Lower Sixth the topics include Hazards, Coastal Systems and Landscapes and Changing Places. During the second year of the course students will cover Water and Carbon Cycles, Global Systems and Global Governance, Population and the Environment and write an independent investigation based on fieldwork.
Fieldwork is an essential component of geography education and it promotes the development of a wide range of different skills, many of which are transferable. These include observational skills, data collection, data analysis, map work and investigative skills. We run many fieldwork trips including a residential trip to Dorset and day trips to the Olympic Park, Cuckmere Haven, The Witterings, River Tillingbourne and many more. We also use Esher and the school grounds for local fieldwork.
As well as topic-specific trips we also organise awe-inspiring excursions, most recently to Iceland and Cheddar Gorge.
Other activities include weekly geography clinics which support all parts of the School. The department also runs extremely popular competitions including: Where in the World, Geographical Landform Cakes, Quizzes and Dream Destination challenges.