We believe that the study of Geography is of central importance to understanding the world and our place in it. We aim to develop in pupils the skills, enthusiasm and understanding to become lifelong learners and to foster an open-mindedness towards other people and cultures, as well as a sense of responsibility to the world around us. The subject of Geography has evolved to incorporate the study of contemporary issues, often looking to understand how the natural and human world interact, and seek solutions where negative consequences arise.
We work closely within our local area, running field trips around Wimbledon Common and Village for each year group in KS3. At KS4 we branch out to a specialist field studies centre in Somerset.
Key Stage 3
Through the study of Geography at KS3, students make progress towards understanding and valuing the importance of the wider world to their life now and in the future.
Students develop their curiosity and fascination about the diversity of the world and its people. They build on the KS2 curriculum to expand their knowledge of global and local places, investigate places at all scales, from the individual to the global and consider what places are like and how they are changing. They learn to communicate their ideas and understanding, through maps, discussion, debate and writing. Finally they develop think critical thinking skills by studying different viewpoints and justify their own views in reaching conclusions.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE we cover the AQA syllabus as we believe it covers covers up to date affairs from around the world. The Physical element includes the study of tectonics, weather hazards, ecosystems, climate change and the physical landscapes of the UK. The Human element covers urban growth, the changing economic world, the challenges of resource management; food, water and energy issues. The Geographical Applications section teaches decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, numeracy, map skills and ICT skills.