Geography

Through a contemporary and stimulating curriculum, girls acquire a knowledge of physical, human and environmental geography and develop an appreciation of issues facing the world now and in the future.

Head of Department: Miss Kathryn Rawlinson

Fieldwork is an important part of geography. The Geography Department has made sure that each year group has a chance to experience high quality fieldwork. GCSE pupils will visit Juniper Hall, a Field Studies Council centre, in order to prepare for their fieldwork paper.

Our A level pupils head to Barcelona to investigate coastal erosion and urban regeneration as a key part of their studies.

As well as this academic fieldwork, our geographers also have the opportunity to travel to Iceland, Costa Rica and Naples as part of optional curriculum enhancement trips.

Geography is a compulsory part of the curriculum for girls in Remove to Upper Fourth, after which it proves to be a very popular subject to follow at GCSE and A level, due in part to the breadth of topics covered.

After an introduction to the subject in the first term of Remove, we explore human and physical issues in the UK including settlement and flooding.

In the Lower Fourth we take a more systems-based approach and look at complex global issues including collapsing coastlines, population and migration. Girls look at issues from a range of perspectives in order to understand different opinions and how these can lead to conflict.

In the Upper Fourth, studies begin with the topic of ecosystems, including tropical rainforests and cold environments. We also investigate the changing economic world with a focus on case studies of places with contrasting levels of development.

A balance of physical, environmental and human themes is taken further by pupils choosing to continue with geography at GCSE. We have chosen to follow the latest AQA GCSE specification.

In the Sixth Form, we follow the OCR Geography A Level course which provides a very good foundation for university.

The Geography Department is very pleased that an increasing number of girls are choosing degree courses in geography and closely related disciplines each year.

Any further information you require about the teaching and learning of geography may be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Miss Kathryn Rawlinson rawlinsonk@downehouse.net.

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