“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together”. Barack Obama
Head of Department: Mr A Toner
Geography Teacher & second in charge: Mrs F Jones
Geography Teacher: Mr M Hole
Geography is studied throughout the school and is a popular option at GCSE. Opportunities for fieldwork studies form an intrinsic part of the course at each key stage, the demonstration of fieldwork skills being an essential element of both GCSE and A-level examinations.
We hope that as many of the boys as possible gain an awareness of place, environmental responsibility and an understanding of cultural diversity. We aim to stimulate an interest in, and a wonder of, the world around us and give the boys a desire to explore and to travel confidently. The study of geography provides a meaningful context for developing transferable skills - literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving, thinking skills and enquiry. It should enable the boys to make well-informed judgements and help them to understand that there may be more than one way of tackling real-world problems. It is for these reasons that geographers are amongst the most employable graduates. There is a thriving Geography Club at BWS attended by students from years 7-13. Everyone is welcome to come to E1 on Thursday lunchtimes.
In year 7 and 8, students study a combination of human and physical Geography topics. We introduce and embed skills such as maps, fieldwork, data and written responses, which students will continue with and build upon to GCSE, A level and beyond. During year 7; maps, population and resources are the main themes. In year 8 students study coasts, The Middle East and tectonics. The coats unit includes a fieldwork visit to the South coast during the spring or summer term.
Students follow the WJEC Eduqas B (9-1) and start working towards this in year 9
Subject choices for GCSE are made during the Spring term of Year 9 which means that students have a good idea of what the GCSE course will be like, it also means that should they opt to study Geography, some subject content will already have been covered in preparation for embarking on the GCSE.
The course adopts a distinctive problem solving approach to the study of interactions between people and the environment. Pupils will develop skills of interpretation, analysis and evaluation when they collect primary data, and are presented with reported evidence and information, helping them to become critical learners as they consider the strengths and limitations of this data and evidence.
At the same time pupils will consider the points of view of those who have a vested interest when they are affected by contentious geographical issues such as climate change or migration. Pupils will develop the skills to become informed and reflective citizens when they consider a range of viewpoints, values and attitudes which are held by stakeholders on a number of key geographical issues.
Three broad themes are covered: Changing Places, Changing Environments, and Environmental Challenges.
The content of the course is examined by three examination papers;