The Geography Department encourages pupils to develop a sense of place, both locally and globally. Through a variety of areal contexts, Geography helps to cultivate an understanding of the physical and human processes which shape our World and which make different places distinctive. We hope that our pupils gain an awareness of environmental issues and an empathy towards other countries and cultures. This we believe helps to produce well-informed, confident and responsible global citizens.
The Department has five members of teaching staff, and our classrooms and resource base contain a broad range of learning and teaching resources which are available to staff and pupils.
All Geography courses use a range of learning and teaching resources including laptops, textbooks, worksheets, resource sheets, OS maps and fieldwork equipment. The department also encourages students to make use of digital resources, including movie clips, presentation software and mind mapping software, to enhance student research skills and promoting collaborative learning.
All pupils study Geography in S2 covering a range of human and physical themes in a world context.
Approximately 40% of the year group continue with Geography at National 5 in S3 and S4. A number of fieldwork activities are integrated into this course, encouraging pupils to make the important link between classroom study and the world beyond. The optional Alpine Study Visit to France is a regular highlight for many pupils at the end of S3.
At Higher level, pupils study units developing a greater understanding of both Physical and Human Environments, whilst the Global Issues Unit examines, through case studies, the inter-relationship between people and their environment. Specific topics include Development and Health and Global Climate Change.
The International Baccalaureate can be studied at either Standard or Higher Level. Both include a core topic of ‘Patterns and Change of our World’, options topics of ‘Hazards and Disasters’ and ‘the Geography of Food and Health’, and an assessed fieldwork component. Higher Level also studies ‘Extreme Environments’ and ‘Global Interactions’.
The Advanced Higher develops a wider variety of geographical methods and techniques including fieldwork, the interpretation and production of maps and diagrams, and statistical analysis. These techniques are applied to produce an individual local Geographical Study. Candidates also submit a Critical Evaluation on a contemporary geographical issue.