The Geography department is one of the most successful at Beaconsfield High School, combining a track record of consistently excellent exam results, with numerous fieldwork opportunities and an emphasis on a student’s wider role as a citizen.
As far as possible an enquiry based approach to learning is encouraged. Geography lessons throughout the school facilitate the development of a wide variety of transferable skills, including questioning, group work, decision making, listening, debating, empathy and problem solving. A variety of resources - including photographs, DVDs, music, Power Points and interactive whiteboard activities are used to enable students to develop their geographical skills and understanding. All lesson materials and resources can be accessed by students on the VLE.
Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9
Students are taught in their tutor groups and have three lessons per fortnight.
Year 7 lessons often begin with a presentation from two students that focuses on a recent global news event of geographical significance. Many provoke interesting discussions that reflect directly on the concept of citizenship, both from a local and global perspective.
Students study a wide range of physical and human Geography at a variety of local, national and international scales. Some of the most popular work includes an enquiry into the variations in microclimate around the school site (year 7), work on rivers and flooding (year 8) and work on globalisation and fashion with a focus on India (year 9). We also teach a unit on Volcanoes and Earthquakes to GCSE standard to help students to make informed option choices during year 9.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE Years 10 & 11
We follow the AQA A syllabus with students being taught in mixed ability classes and having five lessons per fortnight in year 10 and four per fortnight in year 11. The aims of the GCSE course are as follows:
- To acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of places, environments and geographical patterns at the local, national and global scale.
- To develop a sense of place, an appreciation of the environment and an awareness of the ways in which people and their environment interact. To understand the importance of sustainable development as well as the opportunities, challenges and constraints that people face.
- To develop an understanding of global citizenship and the ways in which people and environments are interdependent.
- To understand how decisions are made about the use and management of environments in relation to geographical issues and questions.
- To acquire and apply the skills and techniques of mapwork, fieldwork and ICT which are needed to conduct a geographical enquiry or study.