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 can 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 make informed option choices during Year 9.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE
We follow the AQA syllabus, with students taught in mixed ability classes. Year 10 has five lessons per fortnight, and Year 11 has four lessons per fortnight.
Students study the following units of work:
- The challenge of natural hazards
- The living world
- Physical landscapes in the UK
- Urban Issues and challenges
- The changing economic world
- The challenge of resource management
Fieldwork: At GCSE there are two one day visits focusing on rivers and urban work. These enable students to collect data that can be used to support exam preparation and enable classroom learning to come alive.