Geography is the study of the changing world in which we live. The department aims to introduce students to a range of themes, places and different physical environments in the UK and in countries at different states of development. Issues of current and global importance are studied; tectonic events, deforestation, sustainability and globalisation.
Whenever possible, students have their lessons in the spacious, designated Geography Room equipped with interactive whiteboard, TV, computers and the ability to show DVDs and videos.
As far as possible, each year's programme contains a balance of physical and human topics.
Year 7 - the world in which we live, mapwork skills, settlement, plate tectonics, farming
Year 8 - tropical rain forest, coastal landforms, weather, Brazil
Year 9 - development including Ghana as a case study, population studies, Italy as an EU country, tourism and leisure.
KS 4/5 Geography
GCSE students follow the AQA Geography A Specification. AS and A level candidates also follow AQA courses.
Geographical Enquiry through fieldwork is an important aspect at all levels of KS4/5.
Year 10 have field days in Newbury and the Vale of the Whitehorse, Oxfordshire to practise collecting primary data before completing their own GCSE Coursework Enquiry.
Sixth Form students visit centres of the Field Studies Council - either locally for study days or, more distantly, for short, residential courses.