Geography is a great adventure with a purpose!” Michael Palin
Who are we?
Head of Department – Mr M Monk
Teacher – Mr C Henson, Mr Schofield
What do we do?
Geography is an exciting, radical subject that evolves as quickly as the world changes around us – the course that we have designed for all students in years 7 to 9 follow is updated termly to reflect this!
In year 7 we focus very much on what life is like for people in the Huddersfield area, looking at what makes our town unique and globally important. We visit the John Smith’s stadium to study how Huddersfield Town operate in an exciting international industry, and also ask why they decided to relocate across Leeds Road. We also learn all the vital geographical skills (like map reading) we need to use in everyday life.
In year 8 we expand out our world view, looking at fantastic places like Dubai and China and asking 21st century questions about globalisation and development. Added to this, we continue to build up our knowledge of our own country, examining how our spectacular landscapes and coastline was created and why it attracts tourists, creating huge dilemmas in equal measure.
Geography in year 9 is an opportunity for our students to prepare for GCSE studies to come, as we look at how our world is becoming more and more urban and ask critical questions about whether this is sustainable. We also focus on the amazing power of our planet, studying volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes in detail.
In year 10 and 11 we follow the AQA GCSE Geography syllabus; an exciting and thorough examination that gives our students an opportunity to learn facilitating skills they can transfer to a wide ranges of courses at college and university. Highlights include two field visits to explore the changing geography of the UK and also studying the role that limited water supplies plays in fracturing the Middle East, creating war and suffering for huge numbers of people.
A day in the life…
In year 7 we investigate the vibrant woodland ecosystem that surrounds our school, searching out the habitats that house foxes, deer and countless other types of animal.
Year 8 is packed full of hands-on learning experiences, including hosting our own Chinese New Year parties and critically evaluating whether China is right to save the Giant Panda from extinction.
In year 9 our students get hands on and create their own volcanoes, sending ash and lava spewing out across the Geography department!
Geography is a universally recognised facilitating subject, widely valued by colleges and universities all over the world for its ability to teach students transferable critical thinking and decision making skills. Geography is the perfect subject to study alongside science and mathematics to create well rounded researchers, engineers and scientists.
Having a qualification in geography is vital for people wanting to become pilots or who want to work in education, mining or tourism. All branches of the Armed Forces look for the team-work and leadership skills our subject embraces; likewise careers in conservation, exploration, logistics and the social sector highly value and demand all the skills we learn.
With a qualification in geography no career is closed off for you – in fact geography does the opposite; it takes you places other subjects cannot reach!