Geography

Geography is an academic discipline which helps pupils to make sense of the world around them. The Geography Department develops geographical skills through map work, photograph analysis and text work. We foster higher-level thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis and critical evaluation. During lessons the criteria for success is made clear, and boys are expected to undertake frequent self-assessment and assessment by their peers.

The Department provides all the core resources students require. All Geography rooms have an interactive whiteboard. We encourage boys to use the School's learning resources network, where lesson resources, revision quizzes and links to topical Geography events can be found.

At Key Stage 3, Geography is based on the National Curriculum, with key themes including place, space and environmental interaction. Each year has an overall theme, such as 'citizens of the world', and six half-term topics - sustainable living for environmental citizens, for example.

In Key Stage 4, the AQA specification is studied to GCSE. This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

At A-Level, the Edexcel specification is followed. This offers an issues-based approach to studying Geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change.

There are many extra-curricular opportunities for young Geographers. At Key Stage 3, our GeoHeroes weekly lunchtime club focuses on fun and creative Geography challenges. There are also lunchtime Geography clinics providing additional support for those that need it.

Sixth Form opportunities include subscriptions to Geography Review, access to an independent study area and revision sessions before modular examinations. Pupils applying to universities are offered visits, discussion seminars based on university-level reading materials, guidance on where to apply and assistance with personal statements and preparing for interview.

As fieldwork is an essential part of Geography, opportunities exist at all ages. Fieldwork includes looking at the microclimate of the School grounds in Year 7, day trips at GCSE to conduct rivers and urban fieldwork, and a residential fieldtrip to Suffolk and a London-based investigation at AS/A Level.

Competitions are a popular aspect of Geography at QE. All Year 7 boys take part in our 'Geography through the Window' competitions. Boys in Years 8-10 compete against other schools in the Geographical Association’s Worldwise Quiz. We also have a strong record in the Young Geographer of the Year Competition run by Geographical Magazine.

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