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Geography

Head of Department: Mr Thomas Cawthorn

Curriculum Intent

Understanding today’s global issues, from climate change to migration, requires both a strong appreciation of temporal and locational change and an academic knowledge of the myriad sub-disciplines that form Geography.

Students gain an appreciation of the implications and vast opportunities presented by globalisation and hyper-development, a scientific understanding of the formation of the Earth and the geographical processes to be found in the wider solar system, as well as developing the analytical skills to make sense of contemporary conflicts.

The Geography Department at King’s aims to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places and people at all scales from the personal and local to the regional and globe allowing our students to become truly global citizens who are aware of their social, moral and cultural responsibilities in an ever-changing world.

ICT is an integral part of the subject and the department have moved forward with new ideas as they become available within schools. Geography Information Systems (GIS) continue to progress, and the use of other specialist applications is encouraged by the pupils.

Facilities

The department has a suite of rooms within the Newton Block; one room being dedicated to the use of computers. Each classroom is networked to the school system and makes full use of interactive whiteboards and their usefulness in accessing current information through the use of the internet.

Additional Information

In KS3 pupils are given the opportunity to attend the Geography Club. At the club pupils will cover areas like geography in the news, geographical debates around contemporary issues, model making plus a wider range of other activities. This club takes places in room 201 every Tuesday and is run my Mrs Evans.

In KS4 pupils are given the opportunity to take part in the Geographical Association Worldwide Quiz. Pupils are also given the opportunity to subscribe to the World Wise Magazine for GCSE Geography, giving pupils the opportunity to further their GCSE study. Support in Key Stage is offered through weekly support sessions run for Year 11 each Tuesday; these are run via Teams and Mr Bufton leads these sessions.

In KS5 the Department offers a range of lecture opportunities to all KS5 pupils to further their A level knowledge. The lecture we attend are offered by a range of providers from the Lincoln and Nottingham Geographical Associations, Hodder Education and various University Geography Departments. A visiting speaker visits the School in the summer of Year and the focus of this talk is on plate tectonics and hazards. Pupils in KS5 are given the opportunity to subscribe to the Geography Review magazine each year to help support their wider reading. Support is offered to all KS5 students through support sessions run after school on a Thursday in room 201 by Mr Cawthorn.

The Department also runs an eco-club which involves boys from all Key stages working towards a green flag award through the eco-school's program. This opportunity takes place in room 209 on a Monday lunchtime and as run my Mrs Evans

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