What skills will I learn?
The Geography Department keenly promotes the following aims throughout the school:
- The enjoyment of Geography.
- An understanding of the topicality of the subject, using current global events.
- The acquisition of basic skills in the subject including map reading, weather watching, statistical analysis and critical thinking.
- An awareness of the range of cultures and levels of economic development found in different countries.
What else will I get to do?
Learning outside the classroom
Experiencing Geography outside of the classroom is integral to the subject. Fieldwork features across all key stages, developing from smaller, local investigations in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), to residential
fieldwork and individual student led research projects in Key Stage 5 (years 12-13).
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Making good use of the local geographical environment close to the school, students experience a mixture of both physical and human based fieldwork. This includes the use of the school farm for development and
decision making exercises, the North Kent coastline for coastal studies and Blean Woods for a study into how many trees need to be planted to offset the carbon emission from Kent College!
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
A compulsory part of the OCR ‘Geography for an Enquiring Mind’ course is fieldwork of both physical and human elements which is then examined in the final examinations. Investigations into coastal processes along
the North Kent Coastline and the urban process of distance decay within Canterbury are used as a part of this.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 - 13)
Within the A Level and IB courses, fieldwork is a fundamental part of the learning of Geography. Students at this stage are able to apply their knowledge and understanding of the subject to an individually devised
investigation which is student led. During the residential fieldwork week to Slapton, Devon, IB students are able to collect data for their Independent Investigation (worth between 20 - 25% of their total grade) and A
Level students experience a wide range of fieldwork techniques which they are then able to apply to their own Non Examined Investigation (NEA) later on in the summer term of Year 12. Additionally, IB students are also
able to work with staff to plan and execute their Extended Essay within Geography which can involve local or international research depending on the topic chosen.
Eco Warriors “No excuse for single use”
Who are we?
A pupil led group which started in Jan 2019, it is a group of 30 strong, like minded, individuals representing all the year groups- Year 12 are key leaders (many are keen Geographers). There are also staff and
governors, keen to offer their support. We are the Eco Warriors.
Aim: to make Kent College a more sustainable community by encouraging the best possible environmental practices in order to control and reduce the school’s direct impact on the environment.
Having already achieved the Bronze Award, and more recently the Silver Award, by focussing on three main areas from a list of ten topics:
- Waste- food waste is processed more efficiently, encouraging students to waste less, the waste is then used at the farm
- Biodiversity- this is encouraged at the farm with an eco pond, coppicing
- Energy- timers, reminders to conserve energy, Earth Hour
We are now set to go for the Green Flag award and be officially recognised as an Eco School...so much to do!
Here are just some of the specific things we have done this year:
- Green Day- a non uniform day- money raised adopted an orangutan- highlighting issues of deforestation, palm oil usage, climate change...this will now be an annual thing
- Earth Hour- the school switched off the power for one designated hour during the school day, this will be a regular event
- Beach clear up- Year 7 had a day in February clearing up the beach and then made a sculpture with what they had collected to highlight the issue to the wider school community
- Recycling art project at Lorenden Prep School
- Farm day- a group of ecologists ran the pond dipping activity to highlight the biodiversity that exists