Welcome to the Geography Department! As a department we have continued to grow and build on the success achieved over the last 10 years. There have been a number of exciting developments aimed at keeping the department topical and up to date in terms of the curriculum and also the resources to facilitate them.
The department is strongly geared towards field work. Pupils will get the opportunity to experience the environment first hand to reinforce the theory that is learnt in the classroom. So far this year we have provided a River Studies trip to Cardingmill Valley, Shropshire for year 9 and a land use study of Weobley Village for year 7. We are scheduled to visit to Blaencwm with our Year 8 students, in the Rhondda, to study industry, glaciation and map skills in July 2016. Many of our KS4 pupils travelled to Geneva and Mont Blanc in October 2015 to study the effects of global temperature change on glaciers, hydroelectric production, and tourism. In October 2016 we will be taking 40 students to Venice with Art department to investigate sea level change, flood defences (The Moses Project) and the effects of tourism. Fifty six Year 11 students have also conducted fieldwork in Hay on Wye as part of their coursework task. Field work is crucial to help pupils develop independent research skills and to provide the skills to examine and justify their findings.
The department has also collaborated closely with the Art department running enrichment trips for students to Cardiff Bay to study Urban renewal, and a visit to Birmingham to explore some of the leading art galleries. This is primarily aimed at improving access to the curriculum for all students and promoting interest in our subject areas.
The use of ICT is becoming increasingly important in Geography, and the department has acquired 20 laptops in conjunction with the History department. Digital mapping skills and the use of GIS is promoted through the purchase of the ‘Digimaps for schools’ resource.
At Weobely our curriculum is constantly reviewed with a keen focus on invigorating, challenging and interesting lessons. This is regularly reflected by the very high number of students that opt for the subject at GCSE.
The department would like to thank all the parents and guardians who continue to help directly and support the work we undertake- especially the fieldtrips- a big Thank You!!