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Geography

“Geography illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future, what could be more important than that!”  - Michael Palin CBE

Geography is an integral subject in today's world. It seeks to make sense of the physical and human world that we are all born into. As we learn more about our planet, we also learn more about ourselves and how we are the ones who are responsible for it. Geographers learn vital skills that make them some of the most employable undergraduates in the country. Pupils at Surbiton High School are taught Geography using modern teaching styles that allow pupils to think independently.

At Key Stage 3, we aim to inspire a love of Geography in the classroom. The programme of study allows pupils to gain a deep appreciation of modern and traditional geographies. For example, in Year 7 pupils learn vital map work skills and then in Year 8 the pupils learn about the Geography of Crime.  A balance of Human and Physical Geography is taught.

For GCSE, we study the AQA A Specification. This allows pupils to learn about Plate Tectonics, Rivers, Coasts, Population, Urbanisation and Tourism in depth. Alongside the Human and Physical Exam, pupils also undertake a Controlled Assessment, which is usually a river based project.

In the Sixth Form, pupils follow the Edexcel Specification. This modern and dynamic course allows pupils at AS level to learn about Hazards, Globalisation, Coasts and Rebranding. At A2 level, pupils then study Biodiversity, Water Conflicts, Technological Fix, Energy Security, Development and Superpower Geographies. Alongside this, a research exam on the topic of Food Insecurity is also studied at A2 level.

Fieldtrips are a vital part of Geography, as they allow pupils to see the theory in reality in the world around them. During Key Stage 3 and 4, each year group has a day field trip. These include locations such as Keyhaven Spit, Cuckmere Haven and the Living Rainforest. At A-level, girls go on a field trip for four days to South Devon, where they study Coasts and Rebranding.

Within the  department there is an A-level Geography Society as well as a Year 9 Masterclass. Regular Key Stage 3 and 4 clinics are also offered for girls. There are regular lectures at the Wimbledon branch of the Geographical Association, which are attended by A-level Geographers.

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HOME | SENIOR SCHOOL | ACADEMIC | Geography

Geography

“Geography illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future, what could be more important than that!”  - Michael Palin CBE

Geography is an integral subject in today's world. It seeks to make sense of the physical and human world that we are all born into. As we learn more about our planet, we also learn more about ourselves and how we are the ones who are responsible for it. Geographers learn vital skills that make them some of the most employable undergraduates in the country. Pupils at Surbiton High School are taught Geography using modern teaching styles that allow pupils to think independently.

At Key Stage 3, we aim to inspire a love of Geography in the classroom. The programme of study allows pupils to gain a deep appreciation of modern and traditional geographies. For example, in Year 7 pupils learn vital map work skills and then in Year 8 the pupils learn about the Geography of Crime.  A balance of Human and Physical Geography is taught.

For GCSE, we study the AQA A Specification. This allows pupils to learn about Plate Tectonics, Rivers, Coasts, Population, Urbanisation and Tourism in depth. Alongside the Human and Physical Exam, pupils also undertake a Controlled Assessment, which is usually a river based project.

In the Sixth Form, pupils follow the Edexcel Specification. This modern and dynamic course allows pupils at AS level to learn about Hazards, Globalisation, Coasts and Rebranding. At A2 level, pupils then study Biodiversity, Water Conflicts, Technological Fix, Energy Security, Development and Superpower Geographies. Alongside this, a research exam on the topic of Food Insecurity is also studied at A2 level.

Fieldtrips are a vital part of Geography, as they allow pupils to see the theory in reality in the world around them. During Key Stage 3 and 4, each year group has a day field trip. These include locations such as Keyhaven Spit, Cuckmere Haven and the Living Rainforest. At A-level, girls go on a field trip for four days to South Devon, where they study Coasts and Rebranding.

Within the  department there is an A-level Geography Society as well as a Year 9 Masterclass. Regular Key Stage 3 and 4 clinics are also offered for girls. There are regular lectures at the Wimbledon branch of the Geographical Association, which are attended by A-level Geographers.

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