The Geography Department

We all live our lives geographically. Planet Earth is our home. It is awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever changing. Studying geography invites us to participate more fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world. It draws on personal experience, to help us better understand the places we live in, why they matter and how they are connected to a globalised world. Geography draws from across the physical, cultural, economic and political spheres to illuminate key issues for the present and the future, explored at all scales from the personal to the local and the global. Through geography we learn to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, people and cultures. Geography is therefore a vital subject resource for 21st century global citizens, enabling us to face questions of what it means to live sustainably in an interdependent world. Geography helps us investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of places, and different views and feelings relating to places. Geography is studied through enquiry, this requires the formulation of effective questions. Fieldwork and outdoor education are essential to geography. The subject helps develop significant elements of the skills framework, with a strong emphasis on utilising maps and visual images as well as new technologies including Geographical Information. These transferable geographical skills help to equip us for lifelong learning as responsible global citizens. — Geographical Association (2007)

At Peponi School, the Geography department is vibrant and dynamic. Pupils are encouraged to explore the subject in various ways. The Geography programme of study provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that aim to develop successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

In order to fulfill these goals, the department aims to do the following:

  • To equip and enthuse pupils with its range of approach to learning, including field work and discussion of current issues.
  • To develop through key concepts an understanding of the big ideas and events that shape the world.
  • To develop successful learners who are literate, numerate, enquiring and creative and who can communicate clearly and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • To build pupils' capacity and confidence, enabling them to research and work effectively alone and with others.
  • To develop confident learners who are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements.
  • To inspire pupils to think about their place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.

Geography thus enables pupils to become successful learners who have an understanding of issues at different scales and who can make sense of the world around them. Geography emphasises interconnectedness helping pupils to understand global presence in a variety of localities. Globalisation is a process that affects us all. Geography helps pupils to analyse globalisation and to develop an understanding of its various manifestations and impacts.

At both IGCSE and A Level the department follows the Cambridge International syllabuses. At IGCSE the pupils develop an understanding of both the natural and the human environment through the study of three themes:

  1. Population and Settlement
  2. The Natural Environment
  3. Economic Development.

All pupils take three components, Geographical Themes, Geographical Skills and Alternative to Coursework.

At A Level pupils study both physical and human Geography. Two papers complete the AS course and a further two the A2 course. The topics include:

  • Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology
  • Atmosphere and weather
  • Rocks and weathering
  • Population
  • Migration
  • Settlement dynamics
  • Tropical environments
  • Coastal environments
  • Hazardous environments
  • Hot arid and semi-arid environments
  • Production, location and change
  • Environmental management
  • Global interdependence
  • Economic transition
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