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The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 Geography is studied by exploring six themes.
In Year 7 the key priorities are developing the following concepts:
- Place, Space,Scale, Physical and Human Processes, Cultural Understanding and Diversity, Fieldwork and Out of Class Learning
In Year 8 the key priorities are developing the following concepts:
- Interdependence, Environmental Interaction and Sustainable Development, Geographical Enquiry, Graphicacy and Visual Literacy, Geographical Communication
|Year 7||Maps and Settlement||Coasts||Rivers||Tectonic Hazards||Industry|
|Year 8||Population||Environmental Issues||Climatic Hazards||Development||
Study at Home
The EGA Geography Department encourages students to extend their learning of Geography outside the classroom. This involves tasks such as finding out and noting changes in your local area, interviewing your family about their shopping patterns, noting where your clothes and food originate from and following news stories such as volcanic eruptions.
There are internet sites that develop student’s geographical skills and knowledge. Geography is Changing, Geography Matters and Geography at the Movies are all important in developing understanding and knowledge. Google Earth, Juicy Geography and OS Maps are sites that develop skills.
There are also resources that we recommend. Having an OS Map of North London and an Atlas help students with their mapping skills. The core textbooks that we use are GEOG 1, 2 and 3 (Oxford)
Key Stage 4
Students can select Geography as an option at KS4. The course that we follow is OCR B. It consists of four themes: Coasts and Rivers, Population and Settlement, Tectonic and Climatic Hazards and Economic Development.
Students are assessed in the following way:
A Terminal Examination (50%)
Sustainable Decision Making Exercise Exam (25%)
Fieldwork Focus coursework (25%)
Study at home for KS4
Homework is set on a regular basis. All GCSE geography students are issued with a OCR Geography B case study book. Students are required to practice exam questions and to prepare presentations for the rest of the class.
BBC Bitesize, BBC Learning Zone and Geography Matters are websites that enhance the learning of case studies and developing knowledge and understanding. There is also the school’s youtube channel..
The GCSE groups have visited the following places…
The Thames Barrier
The City of London.
Terms & holidays
EGA has recently raised money for Red Nose Day and a defibrillator for another London school. Non Uniform Day raised £826.12 and sponsored skipping and bench ball raised £417.05. The non-uniform day money has been split between Comic Relief and the purchase of a new defibrillator...