Geography is a lively department that aims to imbue students with a sense of awe and wonder about the world, from a global scale right down to the local scale. Through the use of contemporary case studies, students learn about a wide range of places and processes. Fieldtrips are an integral part of the curriculum, with trips to Porlock Bay, Exmoor, Bristol, Bath, Southampton and the local area featuring each year.
At key stage 3, all pupils follow our own devised schemes of work. These have been redesigned recently to give greater coverage of more contemporary topics such as climate change, globalisation, the role of China in the 21st Century as well as energy security.
For the GCSE years, students learn about development, tectonics, rivers and coasts, urbanisation and now will study for a decision making paper on global environments under threat. The new Edexcel B GCSE course has no coursework but there are 2 days of fieldwork, one to Southampton and one to the South Coast. From 2016, A-Level students will follow the Edexcel Specification which has a greater focus on global geography and ties in well with politics and economics, as well as covering important 21st Century challenges such as Water conflicts and the rush for renewable energy. There is a residential field trip in year 13 to Nettlecombe Court Field Studies Centre for the compulsory coursework element of the course.
The department also offers the IB for Geography. There is some parity between A Level and the IB which allows for healthy discussion between classes. The IB also undertake fieldwork in the South West.
Two teaching rooms with interactive whiteboards.
GCSE Edexcel B, A Level Edexcel and IB.
The department runs international trips to European and African destinations, most recently Morocco and Iceland. These tend to run in either October half term, or the first week of the Summer holiday.
The department participates in a local Geography Forum and fields teams for the Geographical Association's Worldwise quiz. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the Young Geographer of the Year Competition run by the Royal Geographic Association. The school is also a ‘Schools Member’ of the RGS, giving us access to resources and functions run by the Society.
The department has a twitter page and regularly tweets articles suited for all year groups to help engagement with learning outside of lessons @warminstergeog