Geography is everywhere and we want to bring this to life. Our aim is to inspire all students at QEGS to develop an enquiring mind into the world around them. The topics we cover encourage students to think not just globally or nationally but allow them to recognise the importance of processes locally too. Geography has a key role in ensuring all students become informed global citizens who have the confidence and skills necessary to question and understand the diverse world around them. Geography is taught by experienced, enthusiastic and passionate subject specialists, it allows pupils to understand, describe and explain the ever-changing landscape of the modern world. We look at how physical systems have an impact on human systems and vice versa. We will ask the big questions and try to answer them.
Key Stage 5 - Sixth Form
In Sixth Form students study Eduqas A-level with 12 lessons each cycle. All Geography teachers deliver a topic within their specialism.
Students will study:
• Changing Landscapes and Changing Places
- Glaciated Landscapes
- Changing Places
• Global Systems and Global Governance
- Water and Carbon Cycles
- Global Governance: Change and Challenges
- 21st Century Challenges
• Contemporary Themes in Geography
- Tectonic Hazards
- Contemporary Themes in Geography (four optional themes)
• ~ Ecosystems
• ~ Economic Growth and Challenge: Inida or China or Development in an African Context
• ~ Energy Challenges and Dilemmas
• ~ Weather and Climate
Students will also conduct an independent investigation based on field data and secondary information; this will be worth 20% of the qualification.
Facilities and Resources
All geography rooms are equipped with overhead projectors and students have the opportunity to complete investigations within one of the many computer suites across school.
At KS4 and KS5 students are given a copy of a relevant text book to accompany their studies, these will be used both within lesson and for homework tasks.
As a department, we subscribe to Geography Review, GeoFactsheet, GeoScience and are members of the Geographical Association.
We have a vast library of geographical videos, OS Maps, atlases and textbooks for use within lessons. To allow students to participate fully in fieldwork opportunities we have all equipment necessary to complete river studies, climate investigations and geological studies.
Trips and visits
Our fieldwork trips bring the processes we have studied within the classroom to life. Every year group conducts an investigation where all students collect, analyse, present and interpret the data collected in the field.
In Year 12 and 13 students who study A-level Geography need to complete fieldwork for their independent investigation. Various locations have been used in the past and will vary depending on class sizes. We have previously gone to Mallorca, Isle of Arran, Blencathra, Dunsop Bridge and London.
Various extra-curricular opportunities exist at QEGS for budding Geographers.
We also regularly run trips to Iceland and plan to go even further afield in the coming years.
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