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Geographers Come Back to Earth!

It's a warm welcome back to geogblog for the Academic Year 2020 - 2021, and things have got off to a flying start in the secondary Geography Department!

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We have enjoyed hearing what our students have been up to geographically over the summer, learning more about Poland and their local environments. Here's what has been happening for each year group this week:

Year 7s kicked off their learning this week with a comprehensive look at Find the Place Geography, exploring every continent and country, and learning some quick facts about each. This helps to cement their foundational knowledge at Key stage 3 Geography. 

Year 8 looked skywards most of the week at the atmosphere and started their studies into the weather and climate on the planet. More focused units like this help students build their investigative skills. Through projects and investigations, students begin to explore explanations in their thinking. 

Year 9 took a more human-based approach to their final year of Key Stage 3, with a detailed unit on Development, through real-life interaction with organisations such as the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals, making educated decisions about the success or not of such schemes. This kind of evaluative thinking is a key skill at this stage, helping to forge a way ahead to iGCSE studies in Year 10. 

Our new iGCSE students started their certificate studies with Demography, examining the problems and benefits of population growth and decline across the globe. Through these foundational thinking skills, they learn to build up knowledge over their two years, supported by many case studies which exemplify and clarify the theory, helping them to become true students of the subject, as our now Year 11s can attest as they push ahead into their more complex units and studies in Year 11. 

The new IB students have also been busy in the classroom and online this week, also studying population dynamics, and how it is interlinked with economic development. They are also realising how some iGCSE syllabus-based  thinking and topics can help open doors into the new topics and distinct learning at IB in Year 12. Our seniors in Year 13 are also now consolidating all that learning - whilst embarking on IA investigations and preparing themselves for the whirlwind of Year 13! 

All in all, a most exciting week for Geography but all done with a sense of excitement to be at least somewhat back to school-based studies, but having learnt a lot about themselves and how to learn virtually of course, in ways they would never have thought possible. 

Watch this space for more regular information about what's going on in Geography with geogblog each week."

Mark Stimpson

Head of Geography / KS3 - IB Geography / KS4 Global Perspectives/ Iceland 2021 Co-ordinator / 7MS Form Tutor