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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

Geography

We are a highly successful Department with four dedicated specialist teaching staff who are committed to ensuring that your son or daughter achieves his or her full potential. We aim to develop pupils' understanding of space and scale through local, national and global locations, whilst learning about the interaction and inter-connectedness of human and physical environments. Current topics offer a range of interests and insights into different nations, cultures, physical environments and lifestyles that cannot be gained through life in the UK.

In Key Stage 3, all students study Geography for three lessons per fortnight. The content of the Key Stage 3 Geography programme has undergone a number of significant alterations and improvements in recent years and now offers a broader and more modern view of the subject.

In Year 7, students begin by learning about what Geography actually is, developing their knowledge and understanding of the key geographical concepts. They then study individual topics on various continents, learning about key physical and human elements of geography with a modern twist whilst developing their spacial awareness of the world.

In Year 8, pupils move on to study Natural Hazards, Rivers & Coasts, Development & Globalisation and Settlement & Population.

GCSE Geography is an Optional subject and an increasingly popular choice at Higham Lane School. We currently teach Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students the new Edexcel B specification which covers Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics, a closer study of the UK, and understanding connections between people and the biosphere. This is a linear qualification, without coursework, but includes two days of fieldwork.

Results are very good, 78% of our pupils gaining an A*-C grade last year with 29% of these obtaining A* and A grades.

MISS S MOORE, Subject Leader for Geography