Year 7 students explore their global connections and develop their understanding and application of a range of map skills. They investigate settlements at a local and global scale before exploring coastal processes and landforms in the summer term. As part of the coastal topic all Year 7 students are given the opportunity to take part in the long running and hugely popular visit to Lulworth Cove in Dorset.
Year 8 students study plate tectonics and volcanoes before using their skills to design an earthquake proof building and then exploring the global growth of tourism. In the spring term students learn about life in Antarctica and the Tropical Rainforest. As part of the study of ecosystems, and in conjunction with the Biology Department, students are given the opportunity to visit Wisley Gardens. Students investigate the causes and impacts of climate change before working on a project to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.
In the summer term Year 7 and 8 students are entered for the Royal Geographical Society Young Geographer of The Year Competition. Last year students investigated the links between the local area and competing nations in 2012 Olympic Games. This year’s competition is about the similarities and differences between the Physical and Human Geography of the local area and other regions of the UK.
Year 7 students enjoying the beach by Durdle Door, near Lulworth Cove, Dorset in Summer 2015
Year 7 Geographers in front of Durdle Door on a glorious day in summer 2013
The view looking back from Durdle Door towards Lulworth Cove in the background.