We are a successful department who aims to teach Geography in engaging manner. Geography at CCHSG should prepare young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at a variety of scales.
“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 students' 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. Learning to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires 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.”
The Geography program across all Key Stages is designed to build on prior knowledge, embed and extend the understanding of core geographical principles and inspire students to learn about the world around them. Assessment objectives run throughout all Key Stages in a systemic approach ensuring progression and continuity. Thus enabling the development of subject mastery within Geography in order to prepare young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world. We also aim to give them the opportunity to build on their cultural capital in order to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales, creating resilient leaders of tomorrow.
Key Stage 3 is taught across years 7 and 8, with Year 9 starting the GCSE specification content. This enables in depth subject mastery and prepares students for the academic rigour of grade 8 and 9, A-Level studies and beyond. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to ensure that students cover a wide breadth of content with core skills embedded into schemes of work. The curriculum aims to give students access to active and creative approaches to subject. With this in mind drama, ICT and multimedia activities, including the use of audio and visual recording equipment play a key role in the subject. The curriculum content has been devised based on requirements at GCSE, review of Geographical Association and Royal Geographical Society guidance and utilises a clear step progression scale. It exists within the CCHSG Curriculum matrix, with additional co-curricular develop days to enrich students beyond the requirements of the specifications. Opportunities include; GeogSoc for all year groups, EcoSchools, a trip to South West Iceland and Year 9 ‘Enrichment days’ covering Global Development Issues, Hazards and Environmental Sustainability which go beyond the exam board curriculum.
The department is housed in a suite of three specialist rooms that are well equipped with a range of resources including projectors and visualisers. The department has its own library and study area as well as a comprehensive range of field work equipment to assist with A Level NEA projects. Fieldwork comprises of school based and local area studies in Year 7 and 8, including a Bushcraft outdoors experience in Year 7. Year 9 includes engagement with secondary data and a trip to London. GCSE includes both human and physical fieldwork days within the wider area. Students currently undertake a residential trip to a fieldwork centre to prepare for their NEA projects.
Geography is a popular subject at CCHSG with approximately 80% of key stage 4 and 25% of Key Stage 5 students respectively studying the discipline. Our academic record is excellent and many of our students go on to read Geography or a related discipline at University.