Geography is an essential subject in the modern world. It is concerned with the understanding and functioning of the physical and human environments within the world while exploring our relationship to them.
It is through studying these ideas that the world around us can be better understood and appreciated.
WHY IS GEOGRAPHY EXCITING AT CLSG?
Studying Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops a knowledge of places and environments. It is a dynamic and every changing subject frequently making the headlines in the newspapers and other journals, in a variety of ways. The Department aims to develop a range of different skills with students. They are asked to question ideas and evaluate information, which can lead to heated debates. Modern technology is used to help illustrate ideas and examples, as well as traditional forms of teaching which enable a firm grounding in the basic principles of the subject. We are always exploring the impact of actions on things like climate change as well as investigating the issues related to geographical hazzards. Teaching takes place within the classroom and outside as a variety of field trips are experienced at all levels of study.
YEARS 7 - 9
From Year 7 - 9 girls study natural geographic concepts such as map reading, earth movements, weather, water, landforms and geology as well as topics involving human geography such as settlement and shopping, farming, resources and environmental issues, population distribution and changes, global patterns of inequality and developing countries. They also have the opportunity to work outside the classroom with a series of field trips; for example Year 7 spend a whole day out in the Docklands investigating the changes that have occurred as a results of the redevelopment of the area as a response to the closing of the docks and the advent of the 2012 Olympics.
YEARS 10 and 11
During Years 10 and 11 girls investigate the interaction of people and environments, exploring the opportunities and constraints that face people in different places as well as the importance of sustainable development. Students develop an understanding of globalisation and gain an appreciation of the dynamic nature of the government by studying the constant changes that lead to different geographical patterns. The st`udents are allowed the opportunity for personalised and independent learning as well as developing a clear overview of the world in the first part of the 21st Century. Field work is undertaken to collect data for coursework and this will be completed at the Field Studies Council Centre at Slapton Ley in Devon. Here studies were undertaken on the shingle ridge and tourism on Dartmoor.
Students in Sixth Form study a course which is very much orientated to giving students an appreciation of current world issues. We investigate climate change and the future outcomes. Globalisation and the questions of migration as well as global hazards are all topics that are studied at AS. Year 13 investigate the use of resources such as energy and water as well as biodiversity. They also consider the issues of super powers, the development gap and the technology that is being developed to try to improve living standards on a global basis.
Year 12 undertake two field courses, one to investigate coastal issues in Eastbourne and one to study rebranding in Ludlow and Birmingham.
GCSE - AQA, Syllabus A
A Level - Edexcel
RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITES
- Slapton Ley, Devon - Year 11
- River Tillingbourne, Surrey - Year 9 - river investigation work
- Docklands - Year 7 - investigating changes in the land use in the area
- Liverpool and Ludlow - Year 12 - investigating the urban and rural rebranding within Liverpool and Ludlow Eastbourne
- Birling Gap, Eastbourne - Year 12 - investigating the development and effects of Eastbourne as a tourist centre on the whole area and looking at coastal erosion at Birling Gap
- Joint Geography and Classics trip to Italy to look at Vesuvius and Solfatara as volcanic regions as well as Herculaneum and Pompeii again. Impact of volcanic activity on an area.
Head of Department
Miss A Moore