‘Geography is about understanding our world. It illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’ Michael Palin, Past President of the Royal Geographical Society.
In Geography we aim to stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and to increase their understanding of the world around them. We also seek to develop informed concern about the quality of the environment and explain issues that are of topical significance. The department maintains a news board of current issues as reported through the press and media.
As Ditcham Park School is situated in The South Downs National Park, full use is made of the grounds and the surrounding area for fieldwork. For example, pupils will learn the skills of field sketching in front of Ditcham Park’s panoramic views and visit a local farm to study the land use pattern.
In Forms 1, 2 and 3 Geography is taught in two single lessons a week and Forms 4 and 5 have two double lessons a week. In addition, Forms 1 to 4 undertake supervised field work visits. These complement the department’s schemes of work and fulfil GCSE requirements.
- Form 1 (Year 7): Urban Study of Portsmouth
- Form 2 (Year 8): Patterns of land use on a local farm
- Form 3 (Year 9): Tourism in Southsea
- Form 4 (Year 10): Coastal and Urban studies
Geography is a popular GCSE option with a strong academic record, consistently achieving a 100% A*-C pass rate. AQA Specification (8035) is taught. This is assessed by three exams at the end of the two year period.