Name of Faculty: Humanities
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About the Department:
In geography, we aim to give our students a detailed perception of the world in which they live, the processes that occur around them and their influence and responsibilities that are a part of their place in a global society. As a department, we are always working hard to create and deliver inspiring and engaging lessons of first-class standard, with our curriculum aiming to reflect recent geographical developments in the news and the wider world.
We offer geography fieldtrips at all key stages, with longer residential trips for the GCSE and A-level courses. These are very valuable part of the courses, and students gain a lot from being able to connect their classroom learning with the real-life contexts and experiences they have on the fieldtrips. Students regularly enjoy these trips, and benefit from the additional learning gained by going on them.
Hendon Geographers have visited Iceland in 2010 and 2012, and enjoyed an intensive learning experience from the great variety of geographical processes occurring in the country, such as geysers, coastal erosion, volcanic eruptions and geothermal energy. Currently, plans are under way to visit Iceland again in 2014, and we are also looking to expand the department’s international trips by linking with the South Africa school partnership team, working towards further student visits in 2015.
About the Course:
Years 7 – 9
Over the course of our three year key stage 3 course, we develop and build upon some of the core geographical skills, such as place description, presentation of spatial ideas, the complexity of interactions between people and their environments, an ability to apply the concept of sustainability, and the interdependence of physical and human processes. All of these skills and concepts will be studied at a range of scales (local – global). The topic areas we cover include the geography of our local area, the physical geography of the UK, including rivers, coasts and glaciers, the human geography of the UK, such as settlement development, migration and population issues, as well as issues of global importance, such as the study of natural hazards, the responsibility of development decisions and the impacts of globalisation in the UK and further around the world.
Students study the GCSE Edexcel B specification. This builds effectively on concepts and topics introduced in key stage 3, whilst also stimulating and engaging students with new topics such as Changing Settlements and Extreme Environments being taught along with familiar topics such as Coastal Change and Population Dynamics.
The residential trip takes place in year 10, and students spend three days in the Sussex countryside. We study both physical and human geography topics, such as rural (countryside) environments, and coastal change and conflicts. These are in environments are new to many students, and the trip tests students adaptability and maturity as much as their geographical knowledge and processing skills. This is a fantastic opportunity which is thoroughly enjoyed by teachers and students alike.
At sixth form, we follow the Edexcel specification to A-level. In the AS course, students study a wide variety of topics, from hazard management, climate change mitigation techniques, to the rebranding of places and the growth of megacities. The A2 course involves larger, global scale issues and themes, such as ‘The Technological Fix?’, ‘Water Conflicts’ and ‘Superpower Geographies’. There is a research element to both years of the A-Level course, and residential fieldwork is also required in both years in order for students to maximise their potential in the exams. Students frequently find the A-level course enjoyable and engaging, and for the past 4 years we have had students from each year group go on to study Geography at degree level.
Photos from Iceland 2010 Skogarfoss waterfall and Dyrholaey coastline