Geography sits comfortably between the sciences and humanities. It is the study of the physical and human environments and the inter-relationship between the two.
At Kimbolton we embrace the traditional geography of places but enhance the curriculum with stimulating and thought-provoking field trips or activities for all year groups. We use specific countries and locations to give pupils real-life examples of the geographical issues faced by people.
Head of Geography
First to Third Forms – compulsory for all pupils
In the First Form we provide a foundation in the subject, teaching topics that include maps, weather and settlements, along with geographical skills. In the Second and Third Forms pupils further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding by studying topics such as coasts, ecosystems, tourism, Japan, Brazil and Egypt.
Fourth and Fifth Forms – GCSE optional subject
At GCSE we follow the AQA Geography Specification 8035 which has three papers:
- Physical geography paper (35%) taken at the end of the Fifth Form covering natural hazards, rivers, ecosystems,UK physical landscapes.
- Human geography paper (35%) taken at the end of the Fifth Form covering human geography, urban issues, economic changes and resource management.
- Applied Geography (30%) Fieldwork questions and issue evaluation.
Lower and Upper Sixth Form – A Level optional subject
At A Level we study the OCR Geography specification (H481) which covers human and physical geography along with the interaction between them. There is a combination of three knowledge papers worth 80% consisting of short answers, extended writing and essay papers. Students are also required to conduct their own Individual Investigation, worth 20%, on a topic of their choice based on the specification. Students are helped along this process by attending a number of teacher-led fieldwork days.
Kimbolton 7th Period Super Curriculum: There will be the opportunity to be involved in individual and group work researching, debating and presenting current, topical geographical issues from around the world. In the spring term students will learn useful geographical statistical techniques in partnership with the Maths Department and in the summer term students have the opportunity to receive support and guidance with Individual Investigations. The emphasis will be on developing autonomous and transferable research skills.
Each term, guest speakers from higher education and industry talk to our thriving Geography Society for Fifth and Sixth Formers.
Regular Trips, Visits and Competitions
We run field trips for each year group:
- First Form: field trip to Hampton Hargate to look at urban expansion on a greenfield site.
- Second Form: visit to Cadbury World to look at fair trade and globalisation.
- Third Form: bio-geographical trip to Whipsnade Zoo to examine different environments and adaptations.
- Fourth and Fifth Forms: local geographical investigation for the controlled assessment (changes every year).
- Sixth Form:
- River studies on the River Chess to look at the changes along a course of a river from the source to the mouth;
- Trip to the Milton Keynes Discovery Centre to study the concept of sustainable settlements;
- Visit to Holme Nature Reserve, Hunstanton, to study the concept of plant succession in response to changing environmental conditions;
- Trip to Iceland to look at plate tectonics, glaciation, and settlements in harsh environments.
- The department also fully supports our Ghana Partnership and encourages students to participate in this valuable cultural exchange.