Geography

Head of Geography

Mr L Powley

l.powley@haaf.org.uk

The department aims to provide a stimulating and rewarding geographical experience for all and help pupils to become thoughtful geographers and independent thinkers. 

 

In studying Geography pupils develop a body of factual knowledge that will support conceptual understanding and stimulate an interest in the world. Geography teaching at school is based on themes that investigate:

  • physical environments,
  • social activities,
  • economic activities,
  • and the relationships that exist between people and places.

In the Geography scheme of work reference is made to the local area, the United Kingdom, Europe and the wider world with studies at local, national, international and global scale.

 

Geography lessons involve strategies for teaching pupils to ask questions and pursue a ‘route to enquiry’. A range of intellectual and practical skills is taught such as:

  • observation
  • measurement
  • information selection
  • interpretation
  • synthesis
  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • graphical skills, which includes graph selection and presentation, map work, sketching and diagrammatic representation. Fieldwork is used to teach some of these skills.

 

The Geography scheme of work involves the study of a variety of places local and distant, at a variety of scales and at varying stages of development. Thus pupils develop a sense of their own identity, of their place in the world and empathy for other life styles, cultures and attitudes.

 

Teaching strategies are in place in Geography to help pupils develop an understanding of global responsibility and interdependence. These strategies also encourage pupils to develop their own opinions and attitudes. 

 

Pupils study the iGCSE in Geography.