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Aims & Philosophy of the Geography Department

We believe that the study of Geography enables girls to be better prepared as future world citizens. The Geography department aims to give students an informed appreciation for the ever-changing world in which they are growing up, and in which they will live and work as adults. We believe that Geography can excite our curiosity and strengthen our understanding of many contemporary issues. Through the study of global challenges such as climate change, water conflicts, food security and biodiversity we can become more knowledgeable and this knowledge then empowers us to be able to think through problems, make decisions and find solutions.

Fostering an awareness and empathy towards other societies, in their many cultural and environmental settings, is an essential theme in Geography. In order to achieve this understanding, we aim to identify the values and attitudes which influence lifestyles and changes in such societies. Furthermore it is necessary to appreciate that all people depend absolutely upon the atmosphere, soils, water and the “web of life” for their existence and that attempts to intervene in natural environments have to take full account of the processes at work. The concept of sustainable development is crucial in this respect.

Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Girls who choose to continue their geographical studies at GCSE have an issues-based syllabus to look forward to, which is future-focussed on changes that are likely to happen. The content of the course revolves around current issues and is designed to inspire and motivate girls in their study of Geography. It also encourages a variety of teaching styles and the contemporary nature of the subject is reflected in our choice of case study materials, from the coastal flooding in Dawlish in 2013 to the ageing population and pension crisis in the UK to sustainable living in 21st century cities. Girls develop not only a good knowledge of the world in which they live and the many challenges to face in the future, but also acquire a number of transferable learning skills. In addition to the course content students also develop decision making skills and map skills, both of which are examined.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

The Geography department at QM is a robust and active area of school. Across all school years, the department works diligently to maintain an active schedule of field work trips to locations both local and further afield to encourage the girls to further develop their understanding and skills sets related to the subject.

The department also maintains a twitter account, @QMGeography.

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