"Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose." - Michael Palin
At New Hall, the Geography department seek to immerse students in the physical and human world around them. The study of Geography is to investigate some of the most crucial challenges facing humanity today. We aim to foster an understanding of these issues through a rigorous and engaging curriculum, as well a vibrant co-curricular programme. Trips form a central part of our ethos, as we believe there is no better classroom than the world around us. Our aim is to create well rounded, knowledgeable and inquisitive individuals who can inspire and engage the next generation in the solutions of the future.
Geography at a Glance
Key Stage 3 curriculum:
In Year 7 and 8, we develop a solid foundation in geographical knowledge, understanding and skills which are developed and built upon in each subsequent academic year. Students study a range of Physical and Human Geography including Natural Hazards, Geography of Disease, Climate Change, Coasts and Rivers. Embedded within the curriculum is the development of student’s geographical skills, such as 4 and 6 figure grid references, compass directions and fieldwork techniques.
GCSE AQA Curriculum (8035):
A Level Edexcel Curriculum (9GE0):
Our Geography Community
Geography Society – The Geography Department have an academic society which encourages students to explore areas of the subject they are passionate about. We also seek to spark a lifelong interest in the subject with a particular focus on further study of Geography at university.
Fairtrade Fortnight – We also run an annual fundraiser for Fairtrade Fortnight. Within this a number of events are held to raise awareness of the organisation as well as raising funds to improve the lives of poor producers around the world.
Eco-group – A new Eco-group is being set up to encourage students to consider the impact their lifestyles are having on the environment. Within this group we seek to improve the sustainability of the school and its community, as well as raising awareness of some of the major issues associated with a rapidly changing climate.
Co-Curricular Opportunities and Trips
In Geography we believe the best way our students can learn about the theory is to experience it first-hand. We aim to provide numerous trip opportunities in every year group. Our extensive trip schedule comprises:
Year 7 – Geocaching
Year 8 – Walton-on-the-Naze
Year 9 – Olympic Park, Stratford
Year 10 – Walton on the Naze
Year 11 – Chelmsford
Year 12 – Maldon, Aldeburgh/Southwold, Somerset
Year 13 – Hazards Conference, London
We also seek to deliver inspiring international trips. In October 2019 the Department, alongside Modern Languages, took a number of students to China.