Geography is the science of place and space. It is a wide-ranging and exciting subject, covering both the natural and man-made features of our world. It looks at the economic, environmental and social processes that shape and change these features. Geographers, ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. In a rapidly changing world what could be more important than learning about other cultures, the world around us, and how other people see the world?
At The Gregg School, we aim to teach a broad and stimulating curriculum focusing on local, national and global concerns. Within all key stages, our students learn about the physical and human environments, as well as investigating the interaction between the two. In the lower school our small class sizes ensure that all students are able to work at a suitable pace and make good progress. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course at The Gregg School, with Year 7's visiting Hengistbury Head to investigate the coastline, Year 8's doing a 'crime' walking tour around the local area and Year 9 visiting Fleming Park, investigating rivers.
Geography is a popular choice at GCSE with the highest uptake over the last two years. Again, small group sizes ensure that all students are able to reach their potential in this subject. This is reflected in our examination results, with a pass rate of more than 90% (A*-C) in each of the last three years. There are many key skills developed over the GCSE course, some of which include; literacy skills, data analysis and presentation, ICT and GIS skills, concept analysis as well as independence and enquiry skills. The course is split into three section the human environment (Population and Settlements), the natural environment (Tectonics, Rivers, Coasts. Weather, Climate and natural vegetation) and the interaction between the human and physical environments (Tourism, Industry, Energy, Water and Development).
There are also extension opportunities with field trips to an overseas location for upper school students. Each year there is a revision trip to Iceland on offer for the Year 11 students to study the country's awesome landscape and geology, as well as revise the topics studied over the last year. Other past trips have included the West Coast of the USA, Mexico and Arizona.