1) DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW STATEMENT
The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
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The department offers regular fieldwork opportunities with the aim of taking students in every year group out at least once a year. These are important trips as they allow students to experience environments and landscapes that they have studied in the classroom. In addition to this, the department is an active member of the Royal Geographical Society and takes part in a number of events including ‘Getting into Geography’ which is run by Geography Ambassadors who are studying or recent geography graduates. Residential trips to parts of the UK also from a core aspect of our enrichment provision enabling students studying geography at GCSE and A Level to carry out detailed fieldwork to support their examinations and coursework reports.
4) HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD
The best way to support your child with their geography is to encourage your child to develop knowledge of the world and of current affairs. This helps him/her to share knowledge with others and ask questions about what they are doing and seeing in class. Encourage your child to watch documentaries that look at the environment in different parts of the world, such as Planet Earth, Coast and Frozen Planet. These are available on a number of different platforms, including Netflix. This helps develop geographical curiosity.
Web sites like the BBC’s Newsround are good and accessible sources of up-to-date information, particularly for students in Year 7, 8 and 9.
Help to develop your child’s geographical skills by encouraging him/her to plan journeys and routes on the OS Mapzone.
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