Geography is a subject for our times. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. Geographers get to learn data analysis, and to read Robert Macfarlane. They learn geographic information systems. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country's physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes. They learn about the physics of climate change, the interaction of weather events, the way people's behavior is influenced by the space around them. So many challenges facing society today, such as migration, resource depletion, urban sprawl, hazard mitigation an so on, can only be fully understood through the 'wide angle lens' of a geographical education.
Geography is the only academic subject which studies human-environment interactions from the local scale up to the global (and back again).
In Y7 and Y8 we encourage all our students to actively engage in the process of geography, to develop as more effective and more independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. Fostering a real sense of geographical enquiry is key. And there's a bonus – Geography is a practical subject through which students learn a range of transferable skills.
In Y9, 10 and 11, pupils are equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth's features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. Geographical skills are integral and developed throughout the CIE IGCSE course and 'Middle School Geographical Skills Certificate' through fieldwork investigations, extended writing, ICT including digital mapping, decision-making, data handling, graphicacy, statistics and multimedia presentation.
The IB Diploma Programme Geography course integrates both physical and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both scientific and socio-economic methodologies. The course embodies global and international awareness in several distinct ways. It looks at how individuals and communities respond to an ever changing planet and how they manage these changes. The geography looks at current global issues like climate change, globalization, population growth, multiculturalism, resource management, sustainable development, migration, hazard management, trade and telecommunications. Geography SL study four core themes and two optional topics. Geography HL also study four core themes but do three optional topics and a HL topic on global interactions. Both HL and SL students carry out an internal assessment which will involve data collection. All students acquire a range of geographical skills: mapping, graphics, statistics, data research, processing and interpretation, and application of ICT.
Geography is not just intrinsically interesting and valuable. It also encourages ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable and equipped for life.