Geography

Curriculum

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future" - Michael Palin

Click here for ten reasons to study Geography

Staff Contact Details

Mr G Whittaker (Head of Faculty)
gwhittaker@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Mr D Wilkins
dwilkins@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Mrs J Lilley
jlilley@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Mr I Amod
iamod@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Mr S Devereux
sdevereux@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Department Overview

Welcome to the Geography department homepage! You can see the exciting range of topics that Geography at Herschel covers lower down on this page, and there are some interesting weblinks below.

All resources for teaching and learning can be found on your class OneDrive group.

Fieldwork forms an important component of the Geography curriculum at Herschel, and currently includes visits to Marlow and the River Thames, Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum and Seven Sisters and Birling Gap.

The department has subscribed to ArcView GIS software to support fieldwork - the industry standard for jobs and careers based around Geographical Information Systems.

In the sixth form, destinations include the London Docklands, Chertsey, Littlehampton, Slapton Sands for a more extended residential experience and, more locally, Lakeside Energy from Waste at Colnbrook.

Year 11 Revision

Our Year 11 geographers have been getting the play-doh out and using it to create some models of coastal and riverine landforms to help them in their GCSE revision!

Year 11 Revision Modelling

eTextbook Logins

Click on the textbook you need to go to the login page for the eBook.

 

Twitter Feed

Follow us on Twitter @GeogDWI_HGS for daily updates on Geography in the news, exam tips and useful reminders for pupils studying the subject. You can also see our latest tweets right here.

Geography Unit Structure

Year 7 - 3 lessons per fortnight

  • Your Place in the World
  • Mapskills
  • Africa
  • Glaciation
  • Settlement
  • The Geography of Crime

Year 8 - 2 lessons per fortnight

  • Ecosystems
  • Development
  • China
  • Weather and Climate

Year 9 - 4 lessons per fortnight

  • Managing Rivers and Coasts
  • Population and Migration
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Environmental Issues

Year 10 - 6 lessons per fortnight

Exam Board: Edexcel A (new 2016 spec)

The Physical Environment

  • Changing Landscapes of the UK
  • Weather Hazards and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management

Fieldwork: The River Mole

Year 11 - 5 lessons per fortnight

Exam Board: Edexcel A (new 2016 spec)

The Human Environment

  • Changing Cities
  • Global Development
  • Resource Management

Fieldwork: Slough Central Business District

UK Challenges

Year 12 - 10 lessons per fortnight

Exam Board: Edxecel (new 2016 spec)

  • Topic 1 - Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2b - Landscape Systems, Processes and Change (Coastal Landscapes)
  • Topic 3 - Globalisation
  • Topic 4a - Shaping Places (Regenerating Places)

Year 13 - 10 lessons per fortnight

Exam Board: Edxecel (new 2016 spec)

  • Topic 5 - Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Topic 6 - Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Topic 7 - Superpowers
  • Topic 8 - Global Development and Connections
  • Independent Investigation (NEA)

Careers in Geography

What can a study of Geography lead to? Take a look at this guide from the Royal Geographical Society to find out more!

And from the 'Get Smaart' careers magazine:

Useful Links

Click the button below to visit the Geography Department's YouTube channel

 

 Click the link below to go straight to the BBC News website and find out the top UK and World news stories. Geography doesn't stand still - it's happening all the time!

  

 How good are you at identifying different parts of the world? Click on the link below to take the challenge!

  

 Want to see a British Airways plane taxi down your own street? Click on the logo below and insert your postcode...

How good is your European geography? Can you pilot the plane safely around Europe and arrive at the right places? Click the link below to find out......

  

Click on the link below to play the Guardian's Global Development Game....

  

Students: click on the link below to go to Herschel's subscription to ArcGIS Geographical Information System software

Enrichment Strategies

Want to know how you can do more to help with your core study of Geography? Or how you can move from Year 7 to Year 8 effectively, or Year 8 to Year 9? Take a look at the documents that can be downloaded below.

If you are in Year 12 or 13, you can also access an excellent reading list produced by the Geographical Association - be selective, but if you are really wanting to develop your geographical knowledge and experiences, there are some great opportunities to do so here.

Name Date  
Enrichment Strategies Year 7 into Year 8 28th January 2015 Download >
Enrichment Strategies Year 9 28th January 2015 Download >
Enrichment Strategies Year 12 28th January 2015 Download >
Enrichment Strategies Year 13 28th January 2015 Download >
A Level Geography Reading List 28th August 2017 Download >
 
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