Geography


Whether researching a volcano that stops air travel in its tracks, deciding where to locate a wind farm, or using geographical information systems (GIS) to help locate a business, the work of geographers across the world is as diverse as it is compelling.

Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the RGS-IBG September 2010

Geography uses the latest technology, including interactive boards, digital weather station and digimaps. The department consists of four experienced and dedicated subject specialists. Geography is taught throughout all keys stages at John F Kennedy School and is a popular option at both GCSE and A Level.

Students in Years 7 to 9 study a range of topics all aimed at increasing their knowledge of people, cultures and environments. A study of places is central to our curriculum so students study a selection of countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students develop geographical skills through the study of the British Isles, natural hazards, cold environments and the geological history of our islands.

Year 8 students expand their knowledge and understanding through the study of ecosystems, extreme environments, our place within Europe, cities and weather.

Year 9 students develop global awareness through the study of natural and human issues, the rise of the BRIC's, globalisation, development and poverty.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE geography follows the Edexcel B Syllabus which can be explored by visiting:
http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/geography/b/Pages/default.asx

 

Key Stage 5

A Level geography follows the Edexcel syllabus which can be explored by visiting:
http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/geography/Pages/default.aspx

 

Field Trips

A range of local and national trips are used to enhance teaching and learning within the subject.
Students in Year 7 carry out a research visit to the Natural History Museum Earth Science galleries. Year 8 students carry out fieldwork within the school grounds. Year 9 students visit the river Chess to carry out a study of river features.

GCSE students take part in a UK based four day residential trip to study landscapes and processes.  

A Level students take part in a residential trip to a UK based field centre where they study extreme weather and rebranding to ensure they are well equipped for their Unit 2 Exam.

Following Government changes to the KS4 and KS5 curriculums these will be revised in September 2015.

Geography Experience Trips

These trips are designed to provide students at JFK with the opportunity to visit some of the world’s major geographical attractions. They are open to all students and usually run in the Easter holidays or October half term. Recent trips include:

2006 - Iceland
2008 - Rome, Naples, Capri and Sorrento
2010 - China (Beijing and Xian)
2011 - Iceland
2012 – Sicily, Naples and Capri