Head of Geography Ms E Kiff
Our intent is to help our students become better global citizens who have an appreciation and understanding of the ever-changing physical and human world around them, but more importantly, an understanding of the interactions and relationship between them. We want to provide our students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world, and to face the challenges that will shape their societies and environments at the local, national and global scale.
In particular our students will:
- learn more about the issues affecting their world today by studying a wide range of topics, people and places.
- Use geographical skills and knowledge to understand the connections between the human and physical environment and the impacts these have now and in the longer term.
- Be inspired to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
- Learn to question the events that take place in their world and to think critically about why these happen and the effects these events might have.
- Think spatially using maps, visual images, GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and new technologies.
- Learn about geography in their locality by undertaking fieldwork and other geographical research and be able to apply their knowledge to the wider world.
- Learn how to analyse and evaluate issues
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of the earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment, and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.
Why do we study Geography?
We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares each one of us for the role of global citizen in the 21st century. Through studying geography, people of all ages begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect. Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity. Through geography, people learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants.
What do we study?
At Key Stage 3 we study a wide range of topics from the local to global scale. Our curriculum takes a thematic approach, giving the students a wide geographical experience, including classic physical and human geography such as rivers, coasts and urbanisation. The course also covers more diverse themes in units such as Amazing Places. Students will also get the opportunity to study global geography focussing on the UK, Russia and the challenges facing the continent of Africa.
At GCSE level we study the Edexcel B syllabus. The course covers Global Geographical Issues, UK Geographical Issues and People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions, with fieldwork part of the UK units. The course will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlight the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches.
To view a full summary of our KS3 and KS4 Geography curriculum please click here
To view information about Geography at the Green School Sixth Form please click here
At the Green School for Boys’ we use the above teaching to ensure that our curriculum is well-rounded, balanced, and supports all the boys to appreciate the complexity of attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the environment.
How do we study Geography?
Students can enjoy a combination of independent work, group projects and discussions. In lessons there is a focus on students working to describe, analyse and then share their results and ideas with others. Geography involves a variety of IT, fieldwork and analytical approaches including techniques such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and app technology. Fieldwork and virtual fieldwork is an integral part of the curriculum from KS3 through to KS5.
Presentation of Work
The best way to prepare for your Geography lessons is to come properly equipped and ready to learn. We expect all students to produce work that reflects their true potential. Students will present written work, diagrams and graphs, and will be expected to work both individually and in small groups. Each unit will start with a Unit Checklist that outlines the content for the upcoming lessons.
Home learning is an integral part of the curriculum, and tasks are aimed to either consolidate knowledge from the lessons or to prepare students for future learning. Students will complete a range of tasks which are shared with them via the Google classroom.
Co - curricular activities
Students will be given fieldwork opportunities to develop their geographical understanding in a practical setting. These opportunities may be local fieldwork utilising our location close to Syon Park and the River Thames, or residential visits within the UK or overseas. We are also involved in projects such as the TfL Youth Travel Ambassadors project.
How parents/carers can support their children
- Encourage an awareness of current world events through reading about or watching news programmes and documentaries.
- Debate and discuss topical issues at home, such as climate change or local transport issues.
- Show support by asking students what they are studying to open up conversations at home.
Formative assessment will take place in lessons through discussion, questioning and plenaries.
- Home Learning will help to provide an indication of student understanding that can then be used to inform future planning.
- There are formal examinations at the end of each academic year.
Careers Leading on from Geography
- Many students don't realise that beyond their subject knowledge, geography also equips them with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs) such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking - all highly valued by employers.
- As a result, Geography leads to many, many careers including: Logistics Manager; GIS Specialist; Estate Manager; Town Planner; Environmental Consultant; Air Traffic Controller; Teacher/Lecturer; Mapping Software Designer; Meteorologist; Hydrologist and Environmental Engineer.
- To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.