Geography at Windsor has a long history of success. Although part of the Social Science Faculty, Geography has its own unique place within the school’s curriculum.
We believe in progressive teaching ideas and regularly share good practice together in a close working environment. The department welcomes new initiatives and prides itself on its dynamism.
What We Offer
Geography is taught to all students in KS3 for two lessons a week. The subject maintains its popularity at KS4 with GCSE students. Here, it is taught for three lessons each week and covers the AQA syllabus. We teach both Human and Physical Geography topics and a compulsory fieldwork element
Five specialist Geographers run the curriculum area. We meet regularly to discuss new ideas and evaluate teaching and learning practice in a positive and responsive manner. The department thrives on the teaching abilities and varied styles of each member but moves forward as a whole. Internal review has highlighted staff expertise in the Geography Department as a key strength.
The resources in the subject area are varied and effective. We use the interactive whiteboard with extensive map features to enhance the visual impact of the topic. They are used to present video footage and global images. Students also have the opportunity to present their own work and ideas using the interactive whiteboard as an aid. Each classroom has Internet access to provide the students with the instant, up-to-the-minute detail the subject needs. We also utilise the ICT resources at our disposal to record student attainment and highlight progress and tracking at department meetings. Google Drive and Google Classroom are key features that the department are using to push student learning experiences and achievement both within and beyond the classroom.
Schemes of learning are written in line with syllabus requirements but a guide to each unit of work also exists in KS3. Years 7 and 8 follow a mastery curriculum with Year 9 studying a bringing curriculum. We have a policy of continually assessing each topic which leads to improvements and updates on an on-going basis. At KS3 we ensure lessons are tailored to meet our students needs both at that key stage and beyond, into KS4. We use IT as much as possible to enhance the experience of Geography the students have and incorporate modern texts in lessons. Actual geographical experience is very important to the ethos of the department.
Key Stage 5
Geography is also offered at A-Level here at Windsor. We follow the AQA Geography syllabus. We study a range of physical and human topics across the ‘A’ level, including but not limited to water and carbon cycles, coasts, tectonics, ecosystems, global systems, urban issues, population and resources. There is a compulsory fieldwork element, as well as an optional residential experience in Dorset. Students will also complete an extended project based on a fieldwork experience which is worth 20% of their final mark.
The Geography Department at Windsor is hard-working and innovative. We are committed to raising standards and providing students with the best learning opportunities possible.