We consider our subject vital in today's globally focused, environmentally challenged world and in support of the school's international focus and links.
Our curriculum is designed to engage girls in local and global Geography, teach fundamental values and produce global citizens.
· In Upper 3 (year 7) we focus on practical skills including map reading, data handling and data analysis as well as fundamental physical Geography concepts and UK Geography.
· In Lower 4 (year 8) we study the environment and ecosystems in detail as well as introducing the physical, human and cultural Geography of global regions including Africa and the Middle East. Our UK focus is urban change.
· Upper 4 (year 9) investigate a range of pressing global issues including climate change and global warming, poverty and inequality, globalisation and the water cycle. We encourage debate, questioning and critical reflection.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum prepares pupils for GCSE and A-level in terms of understanding and skills.
Fieldwork is an essential part of teaching, with fieldtrips across all year groups. Upper 3 participate in a field trip to Cullernose Point and Rumbling Kern on the Northumberland Coast, Lower 4 girls study urban Geography in Newcastle and Upper 4 investigate flood risk and management in York. For GCSE students we take field trips to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Newcastle as fieldwork is assessed as part of the course. Our Sixth form students conduct coastal and urban Geography fieldtrips locally and in London.
Our teaching uses a variety of methods to encourage independent learning and analytical thought, including individual research reports, role play, ICT research, presentations interactive games and thinking skills activities such as living graphs and mysteries.
Our methods bring us success at all levels. Many of our A level students go on to study Geography at Universities such as Newcastle, Northumbria and Queen Mary. Others use their Geography A level to qualify for courses as diverse as Environmental Management, Land Management, Business Studies, Engineering and Town and Country Planning.
GCSE: Specification Edexcel B
A level: Specification Edexcel
Full details of the course content for GCSE and A level are available from the Geography Department.