Geography at Hatch End strives to stimulate an interest in and sense of wonder about places, people and their interactions. The learning opportunities we create try to help young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. We look to explain where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. We aim to build upon pupils’ own experiences and allow for opportunities to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
Aims of the subject
Geography enables young people to develop many skills. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. We integrate fieldwork opportunities throughout the year and this provides opportunities for pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information.
Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens and links well with other subjects such as citizenship as we encourage our students to explore their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
The department offer a range of opportunities for enrichment across all key stages. These range from guest speakers from the Geographical Association, participation in the GA annual World Wise Quiz and the chance to obtain the John Muir award for conservation. Students can also get involved in maintaining our strong links with a Ugandan School Kiyuya Seed as part of the Harrow-Masindi Network.
Opportunities for learning outside of the classroom are built into lessons as fieldwork is such an integral part of geography. In addition to this there are several day trips open to each key stage and are designed to support the curriculum. At KS3 we offer visits to Camley Street Nature Reserve, Belmont Farm, The Science Museum, and The Natural History Museum. At KS4 students can visit, Bentley Priory Nature Reserve, London Docklands, The Thames Barrier and The Olympic Park. At KS5 students are encouraged to attend several subject specific student conferences throughout the year and carry out some field work in partnership with the FSC.
KS4 and KS5 have a residential opportunity on offer designed to support curriculum content, skills and raise awareness of students surrounding environment. These include weekends away to mid Wales and Devon.
Test your geographical knowledge - www.geography-map-games.com
AQA website - http://web.aqa.org.uk/
Latest news – www.bbc.co.uk/news
BBC Bitesize revision - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize/
DEFRA - http://www.defra.gov.uk/
Environment Agency - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
Test your ability to help save the world from natural disasters http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/en/home.html