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Through Geography, pupils learn about people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment, as well as developing a wide range of skills, which are applicable to the wider school curriculum.
The Fourth Form begins with the study of the Geography of Health, where pupils engage with global diseases such as obesity, malaria and Ebola. Following this, pupils will study the various impacts that climate change has on some of the most vulnerable regions of the planet. The Lent term is used to introduce some unusual hazards such as sinkholes and tornadoes and to begin to engage with one of the IGCSE topics (Economic Activity and Energy). We finish with some local fieldwork to enhance some of the key geographical skills for next year. The thematic style of teaching allows a variety of topics to be introduced, before the start of the Edexcel IGCSE course.
During the Lower Fifth, pupils study Development and Human Welfare and Rivers and Hazards. Fieldwork takes place on a residential trip to the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District. The Lower Fifth also participate in the national ‘World Wise Quiz’ event. At the start of the Upper Fifth year, a fieldtrip to Leicester offers an opportunity to investigate various elements to accompany the Urban topic. The final topic of the GSCE course is Economic Activity and Energy.
The Edexcel A level syllabus offers new topics, whilst building upon prior understanding. The Lower Sixth go on a fieldtrip to Dorset to complement the topics of Rebranding Places and Crowded Coasts. The other two topics are Global Challenges (such as hazards and climate change) and Globalisation. The year ends with a trip to the Lake District, which introduces the A2 work. Lower Sixth pupils also participate in the Geography Forum, hosted each term by Uppingham, Oundle or Stamford, where hosting pupils give presentations before the day's themes are discussed in smaller groups.
The Upper Sixth start the year with their research module, in which pupils are encouraged to research journal articles and other resources on a choice of Cold Environments or Rural Tourism. The other topics that are then studied are: Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity under threat, Superpower Geographies, Development and The Technological Fix. All of these bring Geography into the 21st Century, ensuring that what is studied in the classroom is evidently relevant as we look through the newspapers every day. There is a trip to Iceland in October 2016, open to Upper Fifth and Sixth Form Geographers.
Under the government’s A level reforms, Geography will be examined in a linear fashion, with a new curriculum starting in September 2016.
Within the school, Geography is at the forefront of technology, integrating ICT skills into the syllabus, so that pupils have the necessary skills that will be required of them at university and beyond.
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