Our aim is to inspire a love of learning in our geography students by covering a wide range of geographical topics within our schemes of work. In lessons students will be given the opportunity to be wowed by the diversity the world offers both culturally and physically.
We want our students to acquire the knowledge to appreciate and value the cultures and traditions of others, whilst developing an appreciation of democracy and British values. Within the Geography department we will promote excellence in academic growth through encouraging students to grapple intensely with the issues of a forever changing world.
Geography is a very important department within The Burgate School.
It is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 and a very popular option subject for both GCSE and A level.
Geography is unique in the way in which it gives students a perspective on their place in the World. It stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places and helps make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains how places and landscape are formed, how people and the environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies and societies are interconnected. The teaching of geography within the school finds unique links between the knowledge, understanding and skills that students learn from other departments in the school. Literacy, numeracy and ICT, for example are all developed through the study of Geography while History, Economics, Business studies, Religious education and other subjects help provide a context and perspective on the topics that we study.
Geography is taught with an enquiry approach that encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, for the present and future. These are much sought after transferable skills in the job market. Students learn to think spatially, using maps, visual images and new technologies including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, the environment and the sustainability of the planet.
The Geography department is twinned with a school in southern Sri Lanka which was devastated in the 2004 Tsunami.
Each year students from each school create a project which is then swapped with the other. So far students at the two schools have shared work on the school and the local area, environmental issues, the Olympics, tourism, culture and National Parks.
Schemes of Work
Geography is a very popular and successful subject at GCSE with 80% of students in the summer of 2018 achieving a grade 9-4. We are particularly proud that we make geography accessible to students of all ability ranges. Students are assessed in three papers:
1) Living with the physical landscape (35%) 1 ½ hours
2) Challenges in the human environment (35%) 1 ½ hours
3) Geographical application, based on fieldwork conducted and geographical skills (30%) 1¼ hours
Course Provider: AQA
Course Provider: Edexcel