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Our Geography Department is a dynamic, innovative and enthusiastic part of the Humanities faculty. The teaching team aim to engage students in discovering and enquiring about the world we live in; to help them ask questions about human and natural environments; to develop a sense of place and explore different societies and cultures around the world; their values, rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
The Geography Department is situated in the Centenary building and has extensive interactive resources making teaching and learning more enjoyable. To support pupils with research and additional learning, some lessons are taken in the cross-curricular ICT suite in the main building. We use a wide range of teaching methods to motivate students to achieve their best learning, including visiting speakers, DVD and internet analysis, group work and discussion, role play, power point presentations and Promethean flipcharts as well as creative display and artwork. Fieldtrips are an important element to the department. Over the last few years, we have visited the West Coast of USA, the Bay of Naples in Italy, an eco-trip to Costa Rica, Iceland and New York. We are very well resourced with text books for every pupil, gifted and talented packs, less able packs, supportive literacy writing frame booklets, DVD’s, starter activities and also artefacts to ignite enthusiasm. The department is full of colourful display and reflects the content and dynamism of the subject.
The department places a strong emphasis on Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning to ensure that strategies are meaningful to the pupils and completely successful in raising achievement and standards. We follow the modern and innovative course called Geog.123 published by Oxford University Press which stimulates thought and wide ranging discussion.
Our GCSE groups follow the Edexcel Specification B linear syllabus, delivered effectively by experienced and specialist teachers. This fascinating course engages students in relevant, topical real world subjects and helps develop ICT, presentation, decision-making and fieldwork skills. The GCSE exam results have been rewarding over the past few years, this year achieving 80% GCSE 9-4 and 35% 9-7. Yet, the department wants learning not just to be focused on testing. We believe that pupils should be involved in their own learning and understand the next critical steps to achieving the next level or GCSE grade. As a result, they are given a cover sheet at the start of each unit with targets and level criteria and we set challenging homework to encourage and develop research and independent skills.
We are teaching students in the Sixth Form in partnership with Ricards Lodge. Both Heads of Department work closely with each other to ensure that the course is student friendly and supportive. We have continued to use the exam board Edexcel whose A’level course compliments the GCSE course undertaken in year 10 and year 11. Students are very much empowered to take control of their own learning, maximising their potential through small group research projects and presentations.
The department has high expectations of both students and teachers. Geography expects a high level of commitment to the students’ progress and development by teachers, fostering their enthusiasm for the subject. Discipline is very good at Rutlish and a particular feature of the Geography Department and teaching and learning are both positive and effective. The over riding objective of the department is that teacher’s want to use their expertise and experience to deliver high quality, motivating lessons to bring this vibrant subject alive, making teaching and learning Geography both exciting and rewarding for all.
Mr A Redzepagic
Head of Department