Geography

Did you know?
25
days of fieldwork were conducted by Putney geographers in past year

In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that we understand the world around us. Our Geography department aims to develop students’ awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments on both local and global scales.

Key Stage 3:

Years 7 to 9 follow a broad curriculum which provides a solid foundation in the subject. In Year 7, pupils focus on gaining core skills through studying settlements, rivers, plate tectonics and the British Isles. During Year 8, they explore coasts, weather and climate, Brazil and the geography of crime. In Year 9, the girls gain an understanding of ecosystems, population and development, and have the opportunity to enter the Young Geographer of the Year Competition run by the Royal Geographic Society.

GCSE:

The AQA GCSE course aims to further the girls' knowledge and understanding of human and physical Geography and improve their geographical skills. Areas of study include urban environments in Lagos and London, landscape systems, development and natural hazards. During Year 10, students take part in a UK-based residential field course collecting data that allows them to develop fieldwork and research skills.

A Level:

A range of skills are developed which are attractive to future employers whilst also giving an insight into contemporary issues. The core physical themes are Landscape Systems and Earth’s Life Support Systems. The core human themes will be Changing Spaces, Making Places and Power and Borders. In addition we will cover optional topics of Disease Dilemmas and Oceans.

Extension Activities:

Students attend lectures at the local branch of the Geographical Association and conferences in central London.

Fieldwork is at the core of teaching within the Geography department, with all year groups taking part in excursions. The department conducted 25 days of fieldwork during the last academic year. Residential trips take place throughout the UK and abroad and previous destinations have included Iceland and Sicily. We have an established link with Leeson House Field Study Centre in Dorset where we complete residential fieldwork for GCSE and AS Level. Day trips take place in Kingston, the Sussex Coast, North Greenwich and Nower Wood. 

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