Geography

Overview

The Geography Department aims to stimulate within students an interest in their surroundings and to develop further their awe and wonder of the natural and human environment. The department aims to develop students understanding of their responsibilities for the management of the planet, without seeking to make any student feel ‘guilty’ for global inequalities.

We want to make students 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. Topics 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.

Curriculum

At A level the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) specification is followed.

The exam is composed of four components set out as follows:

AS Core Physical

Rocks and weathering

Atmosphere and weather

Hydrology

AS Core Human

Population

Migration

Settlement dynamics

Advanced Physical

Hazardous environments

Arid and semi-arid environments

Advanced Human

Global interdependence

Economic Transition

Trips, activities and clubs

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 students to be responsible for their own learning

Destinations include:

A level students of Geography are encouraged to take the opportunity of going on the annual awe and wonder field trip. In recent years the department has run trips to Iceland, Sicily and New York combined with a strong commitment to ensuring these opportunities continue.

The Geography Society is hosted by the Sixth Form for Sixth Formers and prospective A level students. 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’. Equally, opportunities to debate, present research and consider many contemporary ideas in Geography prevail and the society remains a vibrant part of the department.

Opportunities to visit a variety of lectures and conferences always present themselves on an annual basis whether they be through the Geographical Association, the Royal Geographical Society or through a number of publishing companies. We attend when and where we can.

Staff

  • Mr P Angel MA BSc NPQSL (Head of Geography and Geology)
  • Mr A Beattie MA (part time)
  • Mr J Chesterton BSc (Deputy Head of Middle School)
  • Mr N Morris BA
  • Miss K Richard BSc
  • Mr J Willatt BSc (Assistant Head and Head of Co-Curricular)