The subject is a highly successful choice at A Level (Edexcel) and many students go on to study it or related subjects at degree level. Both A Level and GCSE students undertake residential fieldwork as integral parts of their course.
The department is housed in a purpose-built Humanities block. Each room is well equipped with a data projector connected to video/DVD facility, visualiser and computer. One of the rooms has been furnished with an interactive whiteboard. The department has a set of laptops for students to use as part of their learning.
Every student should have
- Basic equipment for every lesson. This means we can spend our time helping you to learn. By basic equipment, we mean: pens pencils, ruler, book and colours. (Yes, we know! But geography isn’t all colouring).
- It helps if you have an atlas at home. If you are not sure about which one is best, have a word with your geography teacher.
- Your free 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map of East London. You were given this in Year 7 and you can use it to help with your map skills.
- GCSE students should try to read a good newspaper or watch the news regularly. You would be surprised just how much you will be helped, after all Geography is about our world.
- We recommend that both GCSE and A Level students subscribe to the magazines aimed to help them. For GCSE this is “Wide World” and for A Level, “Geography Review” We will be able to get these at a good price for you but you will have to subscribe through the Geography Department.
Years 7, 8 and 9, National Curriculum Key Stage Three.
Years 10 and Year 11 - GCSE - OCR B - for enquiring minds
Year 12 Edexcel AS
World at Risk, Going Global
Year 13 Edexcel A2
Contested Planet, Geographical Research
The Programme of Study Key Stage Three is designed to give students a good grounding in geographical knowledge and skills. These they will keep for life as the subject has a direct relevance every day. Students will complete a number of interactive projects throughout KS3 incorporating topical units such as ‘plastic waste’ and the ‘climate change protests’.
Unit One – CHS fieldwork project
Students will learn how to conduct fieldwork accurately and will devise their own project around the school site. Students will practice their fieldwork methods and create a ‘write up’ on their findings.
Unit two - Water World
The way rivers and coasts work and how we are affected by them.
Unit three - Our Local Area.
Students will learn about our place in London and the South-East, how we have developed and how we are linked to the world.
Unit four - Maps and Mapping
Students will learn a number of map skills such as ‘giving direction’ and grid references. Students will look at contemporary uses of maps including GIS.
Unit One – Climate Change
Students will learn about the causes of climate change both human and man made. Students will study the enhanced greenhouse effect and its human causes. Students will look at the student protests and how individuals are able to influence change at a governmental level.
Unit two – Plastic Planet
Students will learn about plastic waste and its impact on the environment and on human life. Students will learn about single-use plastic and ways in which humans can reduce their plastic waste.
Unit three – Developing World
Students will study Brazil, including issues such as development and strategies countries use to improve the lives of their citizens. Students will study favela life.
Unit four- Ecosystems
Students will study how Ecosystems are interdependent. Students will focus on the rainforest biome and its adaptations.
Unit One - Tourism
Students will study the increasing number of tourists around the world and its positive and negative impacts to people and the environment.
Unit Two – Natural Hazards
Students will study how people cope with living in hazardous environments and what causes natural hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes. Students will also look at Tropical storms and the economic, social and environmental impacts of these events.
Unit three- Globalisation
Students begin by studying the history of globalisation – focusing on trade and empires. Students will then examine recent globalisation such as the proliferation of American culture around the world and the technological developments that have speeded this process up! Students will study the benefits and costs of a rapidly globalising world.
"OCR B - Geography for Enquiring Minds"
Topic 1: Global hazards
Topic 2: Changing climate
Topic 3: Distinctive landscapes
Topic 4: Sustaining eco-systems
Topic 5: Urban futures
Topic 6: Dynamic development
Topic 7: UK in the 21st Century
Topic 8: Resource reliance
Students will be expected to take part in residential fieldwork in Snowdonia and skills learnt will form the basis of an examination at the end of Year 11.
What we study at ‘A’ Level – Edexcel
AS Level - Dynamic landscapes and Dynamic places
Students will be expected to take part in residential fieldcourse in Slapton, South Devon which will prepare them for their independent non-examined assessment (NEA).
A-Level - In addition to the AS topics, A-level will also include Physical systems and sustainability and Human systems and geopolitics.
This is a list of websites you might find useful - it is not exhaustive, just an idea of what’s out there. It is divided into three - general (Gen), geography (Geo) and revision (Rev).
- www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk(Gen) Mapping
- www.geograph.org.uk (Gen) Photo sharing linked to UK and Ireland map references
- www.flickr.com (Gen) Photo sharing
- www.redbridge.gov.uk (Gen) The Redbridge Council website
- www.tfl.gov.uk (Gen) Transport for London website
- www.geographyalltheway.com (Geo) Good geography resources website
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ (Rev) BBC revision site
- www.geography-map-games.com (Geo) Good test yourself games
- www.whs.bucks.sch.uk (Wycombe High School - good geography site - click on the site’s menu)
- www.geographypages.co.uk (Geo) General geography ideas
- www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk (Geo and Rev) Its name says it all
- http://volcano.oregonstate.edu (Geo - the new site for Volcano World)
- www.rgs.org (Geo) The website of the Royal Geographical Society
- www.geography.org.uk (Geo) Website of the Geographical Association
- www.kidsgeo.com (Geo) Website aimed at Key Stage 3 students
- www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel/geography.html (Rev and Geo) Website aimed at GCSE and ‘A’ Level
- www.geography.btinternet.co.uk (Geo) Another school website - Kay’s Geography Pages
- www.georesources.co.uk/indexalevel.htm (Rev) Aimed at ‘A’ Level students
- www.juicygeography.co.uk (Geo) Geography resources
- www.gatm.org.uk (Geography at theMovies)(Geo) Very popular for learning ideas.