Geography is about understanding the world we live in. Geography is the study of the relationships between the Earth's landscapes, people, places and environments. It helps us to understand and explain the complex world we live in.
At Townley we aim to inspire in our pupils a curiosity about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography has an important role in the understanding of current local, national and global issues, such as climate change and world trade and is increasingly recognised by governments and businesses as an important enabling subject. It must be remembered that the specific skills and expertise gained by Geographers make them highly prized by employers.
The Department consists of five well qualified Geographers. We teach in three dedicated classrooms fully equipped with interactive whiteboards. The department also has 30 surface tablets with internet connection available to enhance their learning experience. Modern technology is used to help illustrate ideas and examples. Teaching takes place within the classroom and outside as a variety of field trips are experienced at all key stages.
We offer a broad and balanced Geography curriculum to extend their locational knowledge and understanding of the physical and human environment and to enhance their Geographical skills.
At KS4 pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE Geography B specification. Students of our Edexcel GCSE Geography B specification will focus on the ways geographical studies apply to their lives and to the real world, including physical and human geography and the relationships between people and environments.
This GCSE comprises of three components, all will be externally assessed at the end of this linear 2 year course.
Component 1: Global Geographical Issues, 37.5% of the award. This component will investigate physical and human processes that influence our changing world. Students will study earthquake and volcanic activity, development dilemmas and the challenges of an urbanising world.
Component 2: UK Geographical Issues, 37.5% of the award. This component will explore the UK’s evolving physical and human landscapes. Students will take part in fieldwork opportunities to support this component.
Component 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions, 25% of the award. Students will investigate our biosphere and resource consumption to develop an awareness and solutions to create a more sustainable world.
Geography is considered as both a science and humanities subject. Therefore it leaves a wide array of career paths open for students. Whether they are interested in physical Geography careers such as hydrology, climate science or a human Geography career such as GIS and consultancy. However, most students use Geography as a subject which gives them a wide variety of skills, current affairs and understanding for any career path they wish to follow including: Banking, Retail, Teaching, Public Relations, Events Management and Media. Geography is highly regarded at university level and beyond and is therefore incredibly popular at Townley.
Area of study, Physical section – Dynamic Landscapes Topic 1 : Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change- Coastal Landscapes and Change Area of Study, Human section.
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping places – Regenerating places Both units look at new concepts and geographical ideas as well as building on knowledge from GCSE, examples include Globalisation, population change, regeneration, flooding and tectonic activity.
Area of study : Physical section
Topic 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security Topic
7: Climate Change Futures Area of study : Human section
Topic 8: Superpowers
Topic 9: Global Development and Connections- Migration, Identity and Sovereignty Coursework
Independent Investigation – Following 4 days of fieldwork candidates will define a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. This topic may relate to any aspect of geography within the specification. The estimated cost for this trip is £340.
Candidates will sit 3 external examinations following this 2 year course.
Paper 1 30% Content overview
● Area of study 1 Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
● Area of study 1 Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
● Area of study 3 Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
● Area of study 3 Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
● Area of study 3 Topic 7: Climate Change Futures
Paper 2 30% Content overview
● Area of study 2 Topic 3: Globalisation
● Area of study 2 Topic 4: Shaping Places
● Area of study 4 Topic 8: Superpowers
● Area of study 4 Topic 9: Global Development and Connections
Paper 3 20%
The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.
The Geography department offer a range of trips annually, to support students in learning Geography outside of the classroom and in the field. These include local fieldwork at Key Stage 3 to Shoreham village along the River Darent and Box Hill.
Year 7 Fieldvisit to Shoreham
Year 8 Zoolab cross curricular links with Science following work on world biomes.
Year 9 Fieldvisit to Boxhill
To collect GCSE controlled assessment data, an annual visit to Greenwich peninsula.
Iceland visit Year 10 and Year 11.
A 5 day residential fieldtrip to the Lake District.