We aim to:
- Develop pupils’ geographical knowledge and understanding of their surroundings on a local, national and international scale.
- Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the subject by communicating the excitement of learning through a variety of stimulating activities and discussion in an enthusiastic and positive environment.
- Encourage pupils to develop their verbal and written communication skills, and also ensure that they have good numeracy and graphic skills.
- Make pupils more aware of the environment in which they live, encouraging the development of positive attitudes and values towards people and places, so that they are better prepared for life as responsible, tolerant individuals within a multi-cultural society.
At KS3 all pupils study Geography from Year 7 until Year 9. Basic map skills form an important part of the work and good use is made of the 1:25 000 O.S. St Albans Map as part of a study of their local area. Pupils are also encouraged to apply their geographical skills in a creative way by producing geographical games, advent calendars and imaginary islands. In Year 8 the content includes physical geography topics such as Coasts and Weather along with a study of France. In the Summer term all Year 8 pupils are offered the opportunity to take part in a 5 day residential visit to Brittany. In year 9 Pupils learn about the many Hazards which affect large parts of the earth and produce assessments relating to both earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We then study a range of countries within Africa and finish the year looking at Sustainable Development and local we take the students out into Harpenden to experience some local fieldwork.
Geography is a popular subject at GCSE level and the GCSE course we are following is AQA. It contains elements of physical geography such as, physical landscapes in the UK including rivers and glaciation, the living world, as well as human geography issues such as changing urban environments, and economic change. Pupils need to complete both physical and human fieldwork investigations for one of their exam papers and in order to facilitate this it is hoped that they will take part in a residential visit to the Lake District in May in year 10 to investigate rivers and glaciation and also a day trip to the London Olympic Site at the end of September in year 10 to look at Urban redevelopment.
At A level the AQA course is followed. There are six units of study. The three physical topics include: Coasts, Hazards and The Water and Carbon cycles. The three human topics are Population and the environment, Changing places and Global systems and global governance. Cartographic and statistical techniques are taught throughout the year alongside these topics. We offer all year 12 students the opportunity to take part in a residential fieldtrip visit to Cornwall in March in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of coasts and rivers as well as teaching them a range of fieldwork skills and analysis techniques. Whilst in Cornwall the students will be able to collect data for their Independent Fieldwork Investigation project that is submitted in report form and contributes towards their overall A Level grade. We also offer an international 'awe and wonder' fieldtrip every other year to Iceland for the 6th form students.