Will the UK be plastic free by 2025? Are Human Rights being eroded with the rise of terrorism? How will Brexit affect Jersey? How does Globalisation create winners and losers? In the age of SatNav are maps still important?
Geography lessons at JCG inspire curiosity about the world. Key words for us are sustainability, globalisation, development, fairness and inequality and dynamic equilibrium. We pursue explanations for current global issues, whilst ensuring that all students have a secure understanding of the key concepts in physical and human geography. Students appreciate the dynamic and interconnected nature of our subject and the flexibility we have to study the most recent news events. Lessons at all levels employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Right from the start we encourage independent research, informed decision-making, debates and creative projects to help girls realise the complexities of the problems we face in the 21st century.
At Key Stage 3, we have worked collaboratively to create a rigorous and innovative programme of study. Across these three formative years, students develop their geographical knowledge and skills within a structure of intellectual themes of diversity, change and challenges. We ask questions as varied as ‘How can we explain why coastal landscapes look so different?’ to ‘Should we be worried about global population growth?’
Our GCSE course engages students in a blend of traditional and contemporary Geography. Up-to-date case studies are used throughout to exemplify the detailed processes and features.
At A level, Geography continues to stretch and stimulate our students’ geographical imaginations and deepen their understanding of the contemporary challenges of the 21st century, covering topics such as Hazards, Coasts, Water and Carbon, Globalisation, Superpowers and Human Rights. The investigative Geography component allows our students to undertake an independent investigation linked to any aspect of the specification to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
Geography comes even more alive outside of the classroom and we provide fieldwork opportunities for all age groups. Recent field trips have included a week-long stay in Barcelona. We encourage our geographers to question and engage with these diverse environments, promoting the essential enquiry-related skills through fieldwork investigations.
Useful links and resources
Key Stage 3
Studying geography should bring the world alive. Geography is about making connections. Students are encouraged to read a quality newspaper, follow key decision makers and organisations on Social Media. Geography is about looking up and being aware about what is happening now and what might happen in the future – both good and bad. It is also about studying what makes human and physical systems work well… and what makes them break down.
Geographical Association (all age groups)
From School of Geography, University of Oxford
General Introduction to Geography
- Dodds, K. (2007) Geopolitics: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
- Cloke, P., Crang, M. and Goodwin, M. (2013) Introducing Human Geographies, 3rd Edition. London, Routledge.
- Goudie, A. and Viles, H. (2010) Landscapes and Geomorphology: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
- Rogers, A., Castree, N. and Kitchin, R. (2013) A Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford, OUP.
- Koser, K. (2007) International Migration: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
- Maslin, M. (2008) Global Warming: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
- Matthews, J. and Herbert, D. (2008) Geography: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
- Redfern, M. (2003) The Earth: A very short introduction. Oxford, OUP.
- Gregory, K.J. (2010) The Earth’s Land Surface: Landforms and processes in geomorphology . Sage, London.
- Thomas, D.S.G. (ed.) (2010) Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, form and change in drylands, 3rd edition. Wiley-Blackwell, London.
- Barry, R.G. and Chorley, R.J. (2012) Atmosphere, Weather and Climate, 7th Edition. London, Routledge..
- Townsend, C.R., Begon, M. and Harper, J.L. (2008) Essentials of Ecology, 3rd Edition. Malden, MA, Blackwell.
- Lomolino, M.V., Riddle, B.R., Whittaker, R.J. and Brown, J.H. (2010) Biogeography, 4th edition. Sunderland, MA, Sinauer Associates.
- Clifford, N., Holloway, S., Rice, S. and Valentine, G. (eds.) (2009) Key Concepts in Geography, 2nd Edition. London: Sage.
- Coe, N., Kelly, P. and Yeung, H. (2013) Economic Geography: A contemporary introduction, 2nd Edition. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.
- Anderson, J. (2009) Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and traces. London, Routledge.
- Flint, C. (ed.) (2005) The Geography of War and Peace. New York, OUP