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Geography

As an academic discipline, geography has made numerous important contributions to human knowledge and continues to inform us about the world and how it works.

Today, it is a vibrant and popular subject at FHS with healthy numbers at both GCSE and A level.

Geography is our future and it enables us to:

  • investigate the earth and its peoples.
  • study the features of the earth - such as mountains, rivers and seas - and how they were formed
  • gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.
  • develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.

Staff

The Geography department is made up of three full time members of staff and one part time. The department is led by Mrs J Dawes, ably assisted by Ms S Hack, Mrs P Freeley and Miss E O'Neill. All are hugely enthusiastic about Geography and have a wealth of interests including both Human and Physical Geography. They all instill the same passion for the subject into the girls they teach. This results in high numbers of girls taking GCSE and A level with girls achieving outstanding examination results.

Curriculum

Lower School

In the three years III, LIV and UIV we implement the National Curriculum in terms of geographical skills and develop a sense of place through thematic topics, using case studies and stimulus material in lessons. A variety of teaching and learning methods is used, with an emphasis on the application of thinking skills and ICT to enhance understanding. Along with fieldwork, visits to museums, exhibitions and lectures are also incorporated into the programme of study, where appropriate.

Year 7 outline

Year 8 outline

Year 9 outline

GCSE

The Cambridge IGCSE course emphasises the relationships between people and the environment. The study of Geography at GCSE encourages the development of a 'sense of place'; an understanding of the physical and human processes that affect the environment, and an awareness of the opportunities and challenges that face people in different places. A variety of skills is acquired, including interpretation and analysis of a range of geographic evidence such as written reports, newspaper articles, graphs, maps, photographs and data. There is also an emphasis on using and developing ICT skills. Independent learning and the discussion of topical issues are an important part of the course.

Post 16 Geography

The study of Geography in the Sixth Form equips students with an in-depth knowledge of places, processes and environments. They discover the variety of human and physical environments, how people and place interrelate, and the causes and consequences of environmental change at a variety of scales. Skills such as interpreting information, statistical analysis, independent enquiry, discussion and mapwork are an integral part of the course.

The Lower and Upper Sixth are following the Cambridge Pre U Geography course.

 

Beyond The Classroom

Recent Trips Offered by the Geography Department

  • Thirds Trip to the Natural History Museum
  • Lower Fourth Trip to the Thames Barrier and Crystal Building
  • Lower Fifth Trip to the Lake District
  • Lower Sixth Trip to Norfolk
  • Upper Fourth Trip to Cadbury World
  • Geography Trip to Croatia 
  • Geography Trip to Iceland

Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future

Michael Palin (Ex President of the Royal Geographical Society)

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