Geography
Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.
Michael Palin

The Geography Department aims to stimulate within pupils an interest in their surroundings and to develop further their awe and wonder of the natural and human environment.

  • Geography TripTopics covered aim to explore the variety of landscapes on the Earth’s surface and discuss with the students the opportunities and constraints for human beings.

  • We want to make pupils aware of the quality of the environment in which they live and the positive and negative consequences of a wide variety of human actions upon it.

  • We endeavour to develop in each pupil an awareness of how their actions can impact upon both the environment and other human beings around them.

  • We aim to develop their understanding of their responsibilities for the management of the planet, without seeking to make any pupil feel ‘guilty’ for global inequalities.

Geography is a compulsory subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 where we teach both skills and specific content broadly in line with the National Curriculum. We also teach additional key skills and content which may be relevant preparation for GCSE and A level exams in later years.

A large proportion of the year group opt to study GCSE Geography (AQA Level 1/2 Certificate in Geography IGCSE) where the 60-70 pupils are taught in either three or four sets.

Fieldwork 

Fieldwork forms an integral part of the Geography taught at Eltham College:

  • providing opportunities to learn through direct experiences

  • increasing interest through interaction with the environment

  • encouraging pupils to be responsible for their own learning

Destinations include:

  • Lower School - the pupils conduct fieldwork in the school grounds as well as visiting London Docklands and the Dorset Jurassic Coast.

  • GCSE - in 2012, the department led their first overseas GCSE fieldtrip for a number of years, visiting Southern Spain to study tourism and environmental issues. The 2013 Year 10 fieldtrip will be to Sicily. 

Clubs and Societies

The department runs an active Geography Society for Sixth Formers and prospective A level pupils. Events have included Exam Technique workshop sessions, watching and discussing documentaries such as the controversial film ‘Darfur Now’ and fun activities such as the famous ‘Trade Game’.

The Geography Department also runs ‘Eco-Eltham’, an environmental awareness group for pupils in Years 7 to 10. ‘Eco-Eltham’ have led assemblies and built their own greenhouse on the school site using recycled plastic bottles.

Staff

The department has its own ICT suite, shares three well-equipped classrooms with interactive whiteboards and is staffed by: