Geography at Palmers Green High School aims to:
All pupils 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 skills. In Geography we use a variety of resources and stimulus material rather than any one particular set of core texts.
Geography Surgeries are run for Years 7 to 11 for pupils who want to further develop their interest in this subject. In addition, teaching and learning outside of the classroom is considered invaluable by the Geography department. To this end, efforts are made to provide pupils with the opportunity to go on field trips and complete field work. Pupils in KS3 participate in the Royal Geographical Society’s Young Geographer of the Year Competition.
In Year 7 Geography is taught largely in a national context (The UK). Topics include:
In Year 8 pupils develop their Geographical understanding by considering different Geographical themes. Topics include:
The final year of compulsory Geography is Year 9. Pupils have the opportunity to find out how the subject can be studied on a global level. Topics include:
Please click here to view the GCSE curriculum (link takes you to the Geography page of the Options booklet)
Working with Ordnance Survey maps in the local area and completing a weather investigation by using Geographical Enquiry methodology.
Field work is being developed to support the learning of Rivers and to develop Geographical Enquiry skills. 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 pupils spend time researching and presenting displays on the geography, culture, music and religion of a range of different countries in the world.
Workshops on renewable energy and the Green Economy in conjunction with Groundwork London, one of the biggest charities in the UK, have run in 2018 and 2019. A visit to the Natural History Museum to participate in the Rocks the World workshop and to visit the Earth Sciences Galleries was organised to support classroom learning of Tectonic Hazards