Through geography students will be able to make more sense of their own surroundings and of the wider world and be able to take their place in it. Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem solving skills which will help prepare students for adult life. Geography is also a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and future development. In studying geography students encounter different societies and cultures. This should stimulate them to think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
In Year 7 there is a general introduction to the Physical, Human and Environmental aspects of the subject. Students then go on to look at map skills (where pupils create a 3D contour model), Rivers, India and Wild Weather (where pupils carry out a microclimate survey of the school).
In Year 8 students look at Ice Worlds, Tourism, China (where pupils create hanging Chinese lanterns), Coasts and Russia.
In Year 9 students study Australia, Plate Tectonics, Africa, Development and Adventure Rocks and Landscapes.
Throughout Years 7-9 students complete a written assessment each half-term. Feedback is provided for students in the form of assessment grids which indicate the areas of strength, as well as areas for improvement. Students also sit an exam each year.