AIMS & OBJECTIVES
“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.”
Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society.
In a society where we use the phrase ‘global citizen’ with increasing frequency, geography as a subject is more relevant than it ever has been. It is no longer simply learning factual content about where places are and political features of countries far away. There are so many issues affecting the world which can be understood by studying geography; global warming, food & energy security, migration, wars and crime.
Geography at Red House School enables pupils to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live, bridging the social sciences with the natural sciences. Geographical skills are developed alongside literacy and numeracy skills, and the use of a range of ICT technologies allows geography to be taught using a variety of learning styles.
In Years 4, 5 and 6, pupils study a range of topics including; map skills, global warming, Mexico, the European Union, rivers and exploring modern Britain. These units form a basic grounding of skills and knowledge, and develop the enquiring nature needed to be successful in the subject.
In Years 7-9 pupils are studying topics introduced to school geography in recent years. Pupils further develop their geographical skills and knowledge studying units including; the geography of crime, globalisation of the fashion industry, earthquakes, Africa, glaciation and the study of countries such as Sudan (among other nations in the Horn of Africa) and China. Map skills are developed throughout and the use of ICT and GIS is becoming more widespread. In Year 9, pupils are introduced to topics and assessments similar to those encountered at GCSE to help them make an informed choice before their options, project work allows them to develop skills necessary for controlled assessment.
At GCSE, we follow the popular and varied AQA ‘A’ specification. This is a topics based specification where pupils study human and physical geography units equally. Topics include; the restless earth, water on the land, ice on the land, population change, changing urban environments and tourism.
OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
Fieldwork is integral to any study of geography. At Red House School pupils have the opportunity to complete field work locally through the undertaking of an urban shopping study of Norton High Street in Year 9. In Year 8, we visit Robin Hoods Bay to study the coastal defences and survey the beach profile, this is a cross curricular trip with the Biology department. At GCSE, all pupils attend a three day residential trip to the FSC Blencathra Centre in the Lake District where they collect data for their controlled assessment based on a rivers study.