Geography is the study of the world in which we live – that is the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Geography bridges the gap between natural sciences (physical geography) and social sciences (human geography). The subject is therefore very wide ranging.
Schemes of work and lesson planning keep track of current geographical issues and students are encouraged to be aware of the world around them. This makes the subject highly topical and relevant. Students learn in a wide variety of ways such as by using maps, data analysis, photos, videos, GIS skills and independent research.
Fieldwork is an important part of geography at Appleby and is integrated across all key stages. Y7 students study the Appleby area and conduct school based microclimates fieldwork. Y9 students visit Keswick to study the effects of tourism. GCSE students visit Grasmere to study tourism, glaciation and rivers. AS-Level students take part in a 3-day residential in the Lake District, whilst A2 students undertake further fieldwork in preparation for their independent investigations. In addition, we offer a field visit to Iceland for GCSE and A-level students.
Geography is highly valued by employers and universities due to the wide range of skills which are acquired, such as written and spoken communication, numeracy, problem solving, decision-making/planning, interpretation of data and graphicacy.