Geography at Sir Thomas Rich's School

What is Geography?

Geography is an important subject that acts as a bridge between the Sciences and the Humanities and therefore can be combined appropriately with a wide range of other studies, from Physics and Mathematics to Languages, History and Business Studies. Students find the course develops their ability to express themselves effectively in writing and in basic statistics, and to design, carry out and present a project or investigation. These skills are relevant to a wide range of careers and courses of study.
Geography remains a popular higher education option for Sir Thomas Rich's students.

Geography in the Lower School

In KS3 Geography we are proud to provide a curriculum that allows pupils to develop a wide range of geographical skills, for example the use of satellite images, OS maps, text and internet resources. Geography at Sir Thomas Rich's is well resources with equipment and facilities to help us achieve this aim. Each classroom is equipped with electronic whiteboard and associated audio video equipment as well as webcam visualiser equipment for use with paper maps and pupil work. We are also very fortunate to have an exciting classroom resource provided to us by the Science department. The digital globe is a popular tool with pupils and teachers for providing a wow factor into Geography lessons.

The KS3 curriculum helps pupils learn and foster an interest in the world around them. From studying their local area for example our fieldwork to Crickley Hill and to the River Churn, looking at British landscapes, rural and urban environments and global geographical issues such as poverty, trade and climate change.

Geography at GCSE

In Geography students currently study the international GCSE (iGCSE) offered by the Cambridge examination board. This new syllabus provides a wealth of knowledge of a wide range of issues and places around the world, from sub-Saharan Africa countries such as Niger and Kenya to the newly industrialising countries such as China.

In this course we develop and improve a range of new study skills and try to work towards pupils developing the independent learning skills needed for academic and career success.

We have developed the Geography library resources for students who wish to research for a homework or read around a subject studied. We have a central resource cupboard and a wide range of modern textbooks in the main library to provide pupils with a wealth of learning resources. In addition we are developing a range of digital resources for pupils such as the extensive department SharePoint learning platform to online journals that pupils can access remotely from their home computer.

In September 2016 the department is changing examination boards and moving to the new OCR B specification. Year 10 students will commence this exciting new GCSE course from September 2016.

Geography at A Level

A level Geography currently follows the WJEC specification which has an excellent balance of Physical and Human Geography and involves a significant amount of fieldwork. This includes residential trips to Devon and Snowdonia and fieldwork days in and around Gloucester. "Fieldwork makes geography come to life, puts everything into context in glorious 3D and helps students really grasp how Geography literally shapes the world around us". Kate Humble, Presenter of BBC Springwatch.

In September 2016 the new year 12 students will start the new A level syllabus offered by EDUQAS. The department aims to build on the success we have had with WJEC and offer some exciting new modules such as Oceanography and Global Governance.

A degree in Geography can lead to a variety of possible career paths. Some Geographers work in Environmental Planning or Conservation, Local Government or the Civil Service. Many others find their degree, with its focus on both literacy and numeracy, is of use in the worlds of business, finance and accountancy. Past students in fields as diverse as Engineering and History have found the skills they developed from 'A' Level Geography to be useful in their future studies. However, the main reason for choosing Geography at 'A' Level, or indeed at any level, is an interest in the world around us, in places and in current affairs.