Geography

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places, and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live – making sense of our everyday lives and how we fit into this globalised world.

STAFF

Head of Department 

Mr J La Frenais - jlafrenais@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Mr C Reilly - creilly@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Ms O Henvey - ohenvey@morehousemail.org.uk

Aims

The aim of the geography department at More House is to instil a passion for the subject, developing a deeper understanding of our planet and the interconnectivity of the modern world. The department also aims to fully integrate field work throughout the school, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of the geographical issues, landforms, and demography within the local area.

KS3 (years 7, 8, and 9)

A range of topics are covered at KS3, which help students develop their geographical skills and understanding. KS3 explores a wide range of places, environments, societies, and events that shape our planet, while taking into account the importance of a sustainable future. Geography is brought to life in the classroom through up-to-date and interactive case studies, models and dioramas, current news articles and clips, movies and films, and debates. 

KS4 (years 10 and 11) - GCSE SYLLABUS (Edexcel)

Geography is a popular choice at GCSE. Students follow the Edexcel geography specification A and study a range of human and physical topics, while also developing their geographical skills. Fieldwork is an essential element of the GCSE syllabus – students can look forward to a 3-day residential field trip where they collect, analyse, and evaluate data related to a number of geographical issues.

KS5 (sixth form) – A-level syllabus (Edexcel)

A-level students study the Edexcel geography specification. Over the course of the two years, a range of contemporary geographical topics are covered, providing all students with a breadth of knowledge that will equip them for further study.

Geography is viewed by universities as a facilitating subject and it is therefore a course that universities appreciate for its academic nature. Whether or not students choose to study geography at a higher level, their studies will equip them with a wide range of desirable skills that help facilitate all students’ progress into the next stage of their lives. 

Our A-level geographers also enjoy a residential fieldtrip, which helps contextualise many elements of the topics covered by the A-level syllabus and prepares them for the write up of their independent Investigation.

"I love geography because it is a subject which holds the key to our future." - Maria

"Being a geographer is about exploring the world we live in and learning about the problems around us, using a range of different skills." - Maria

"I have found geography a brilliant way to find out about the world without even having to leave the class room (although the legendary geography field trips have made it all the better!)." - Millie

"I like geography because it is educative and the lessons are very fun." - Frankie

Clubs and Activities

We have developed strong links with the Royal Geographical Society and the students regularly attend events and evening lectures at the society in Kensington across all year groups.

Girls enjoy a wide range of geographical field trips. These include: mapping the local area, a visit to Kew Gardens, investigating “Who goes where?” in Hyde Park, a GCSE residential fieldtrip to Somerset, and an A-level residential fieldtrip.

The department is extremely well resourced and students have access to Google Earth, GE graph, digimaps, and a range of other geographical applications, which help the students develop their ICT skills. In addition, the department also holds a set of virtual reality kits, which students use in lessons and during an extracurricular VR club run by the department.