Years 7, 8 and 9

The focus of the Geography course is to build upon the skills that the students have gained during their earlier studies of the subject.  Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students are encouraged to develop a spirit of geographical enquiry through units that will develop their research, presentation and ICT skills.  Further skills development includes the use of atlases and maps as well as numeracy and literacy throughout.

Year 7 begins with a unit on map skills and developing an understanding of the local area of Cobham.  Further units explore settlements and the tropical rainforest, which is developed with our study of weather and climate.  Fieldwork opportunities in our School environment allow students to explore these ideas and develop teamwork in collecting data.  Another fieldwork opportunity presents itself in our final topic of ‘Food and Farming’ which helps students understand where their food comes from and enables them to make informed decisions about what they eat.

The Year 8 Geography course aims to study a range of different environments, introducing students to the issues that exist there and show how humans can have a role in their management.  Independent enquiry skills are developed in their study of sustainable tourism, as well as role play and debating through our study of energy and resources.  In a global context, students investigate how human activity impacts our world and how they can play a part in reducing those impacts.  A sense of awe and wonder is developed through our study of fantastic places and students are encouraged to investigate and theorise about the great mysteries of the world.

The Year 9 Geography course aims to develop a range of skills and understanding of topics that will be taught at Key Stage 4. They study world issues that directly affect them through the topic of oceans under threat and development dilemmas. They also study physical geography in the field in their river studies.  Topical human geographical concepts such as globalisation allows students to appreciate how interconnected the world has become and studying population and migration leads to in-depth work on development issues offering students the chance to question the accepted world order and their own attitudes and values.

Years 10 and 11: GCSE

At GCSE level, students study many of the major issues affecting the world today.  How can we manage fragile environments effectively?  What are our industries doing to the environment?  How is globalisation creating a global village?  How can people respond to natural hazards such as flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes?  How can we limit the damage done by rivers and coastal flooding?

Geography has a unique role in linking the Social Sciences (Human Geography) and the Earth Sciences (Physical Geography) with the opportunity to study the impact people have on the environment (Environmental Geography).  Geography helps students to understand how these physical and social processes affect people and places worldwide in everyday life as well as in the longer term future of the planet.

Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate

Offered at Standard Level and Higher Level, Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and the physical environment in both time and space.  Topics covered include the geography of food and health, sustainability in the environment, population and resources, as well as oceans and their coastal margins.

The course enables students to develop an understanding of the inter-relationships between people, places, spaces and the environment, develop a concern for human welfare and the quality of the environment, and an understanding of the need for planning and sustainable management.  IB Geography also works to instil in students an appreciation for the relevance of geography in analysing contemporary issues and challenges, and develop a global perspective of diversity and change.  Students complete the course as independent learners, compassionate citizens and life long enquirers.