All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study Geography for 105 minutes per week. Units of work are chosen to meet the requirements of the national curriculum as well as departmental aims. The programme of study has been purposely developed to reflect different scales. The department uses a variety of resources and stimulus material rather than any one particular set of core texts.
Geography at PGHS aims to:-
- Tackle the big issues facing the world today such as environmental responsibility, global interdependence and cultural understanding and tolerance
- Bring about an awareness of various human and physical environments, an understanding of their formation and the impacts they have on people and the world.
- Equip students with an array of skills which can further their awareness of the subject and be applied to situations away from the classroom both now and in the future.
- Ensure students possess a good knowledge of places across the world.
In Year 7 students learn Geography in a national context (The UK). In Year 8 students look at the distinctive characteristics of different regions. The final year of compulsory Geography learning provides students with an opportunity to find out how the subject can be studied on a global level.
What is Geography?/ The Geography of the UK and who we are/ Working with Maps/ Weather & Climate/ Where People Live
Coastal Landscapes,/Tourism and a focus on a LIC (Low Income Country) i.e. Kenya/
The Geography of Europe/ The Geography of South America/ The Geography of Southern England/International Day Preparations
The World’s Population/ Global Resources/ The Global Fashion Industry/ The Issue of Trade, Aid & Debt
GCSE Geography at PGHS follows the new AQA specification. Since September 2017, the GCSE course has become ‘linear'. In total there are 4 units assessed by way of 3 examinations. Geographic skills will be examined through the 'living with the physical environment' and 'challenges in the human environment' papers. The final examination is the application of knowledge and skills developed throughout the course on a different issue presented by the exam board each year.
A residential field course to the Isle of Wight has been established and provides students with the opportunity to gather primary and secondary data.
Extra Curricular Activities
Teaching and learning outside of the classroom is considered invaluable by both the Geography department and wider school. To this end, efforts are made to provide students with the opportunity to go on field trips and complete field work.
Working with Ordnance Survey maps in the local area. Field work in the London Docklands area considering sustainable development.
Field work is undertaken along the East Coast (Walton on the Naze) in relation to themes studied in class.
Workshops on renewable energy and the Green Economy in conjunction with Groundwork London, one of the biggest charities in the UK, will run in April 2018.
Geography Surgeries are run for Years 7 to 11 for students who want to further develop their interest in this subject.
Year 10 & 11 (GCSE)
A residential field course to the Isle of Wight in Year 11 is undertaken for the purposes of collecting primary and secondary data for their geographical enquiry.
In addition to the many activities taking place during the year, a highlight is the annual International Day. Led by the Geography Department, Year 8 students spend time researching and presenting displays on the geography, culture, music and religion of a range of different countries in the world.