Geography

Head of Department: Mr Tether

Geography

Head of Department: Mr Tether

Geography

Head of Department: Mr Tether

Geography

Head of Department: Mr Tether

Geography

Head of Department: Mr Tether

  • Geography has a unique view of the world. It is the only subject that looks at how all the elements of the earth interact and interconnect. Studying Geography will help you see clearly and understand accurately the environment that surrounds you. Our aim is to provide students with opportunities to evaluate and challenge the way in which their world operates.

    The Department has enjoyed a wide range of academic and extra-curricular achievements over the last decade. At GCSE the proportion of students attaining A/A grades now exceeds 83% (2016), whilst 91% of students at A-level gained an A/B grade last summer (2016). Aside from impressive examination results, the Department has also established Geography Society and Latymer Amnesty to provide opportunities for students to further their interest in issues relating to geography and human rights.

  • Classes are taught in form groups of approximately 30 students. Year 7, 8 and 9 have four lessons (40 minutes) each in a two week cycle. There is no banding or setting in Geography. The Department has written its own course for KS3 and has schemes of work in place. They incorporate a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Topics covered during this key stage include:

    • Managing Fragile Environments

    • Weather and Climate

    • Tectonics

    • Population and Migration

    • Globalisation and Development

    • Italy and Brazil

    Year 7 conduct an investigation into the existence of microclimates around the school site. Year 8 visit Epping Forest to take part in rivers fieldwork. Year 9 come off timetable in half-year groups to compete in the World Trade game in the Great Hall. The students are divided into groups and trade with each other within the ‘free’ market economy of tariffs, quotas and other sanctions!

  • Geography is a popular option; currently 132 out of 186 year 10 students have selected to do GCSE Geography this year (2016). Students have seven 40 minute lessons each two-week cycle. GCSE Geography is taught in class sizes of approximately 23 -27.

    The AQA specification is taught at Latymer and there are programmes of study in place for GCSE. Topics covered during the GCSE course include:

    • Living World

    • Physical Landscape

    • Natural Hazards

    • Resource Management

    • Urban Issues

    • Economic World

    Students carry out two fieldwork investigations - one in human and another in physical geography - as part of their preparation for a Skills-based exam paper. For the last few years the Geography Department at Latymer has organised and run expeditions to Southern Iceland for students in Years 11 and 12.

  • The AQA syllabus is taught and we have approximately 110 students studying A-level Geography across Year 12 and Year 13 (2016). There are normally 3 - 4 classes in both cohorts. Students have fourteen 40 minute lessons each two-week cycle and are normally taught by two members of staff. A-level Geography is taught in class sizes of approximately 14 - 18.

    The A-level Geography course units are:

    • Changing Places
    • Coastal Landscapes
    • Hazards
    • Water & Carbon Cycles
    • Population & the Environment
    • Global Systems & Governance

    Students have one residential field trip to Swanage in Year 12 lasting 3 days and takes place during the spring term, as well as visit to Stratford to investigate the impact of the London 2012 Olympic Games on the changing character of the local area. In Year 13, students are afforded the opportunity to plan their own independent investigation based on either human or physical aspects of Geography (or a combination of both).

  • The Department runs an annual trip to Southern Iceland, offered to students studying Geography in Year 11. The purpose of the trip is principally to visit areas of tectonic, glacial and geothermal interest, all of which relate to and would enrich topics studied in GCSE and A-level Geography. Southern Iceland has a fascinating geography: it offers one of the few environments in the world where such dramatic landforms can be seen in close proximity and the expeditions have been of enormous interest to students who have been in the past.

    Highlights include visits to Thingvellir National Park (the site of the mid-Atlantic plate boundary), the glacial lake at Jokullsarlon, spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss and Skogafoss, the capital city Reykjavik, Geysir National Park and the Blue Lagoon. Previous trips have sometimes incorporated being driven on the Myrdalsjokull glacier in an off-road vehicle, and, depending on favourable weather conditions, the opportunity to see the ‘Northern Lights’. We also visit several of the naturally heated baths and outdoor swimming pools in Iceland.

    University success

    Each year approximately half of the Year 13 cohort go on to read Geography or Geology at Russell Group universities. Our extensive database of school leavers has allowed us to track former Latymer students who have entered a wide range of careers after completing university. Latymer alumni have forged successful careers in engineering, mineral exploration and more recently, working for the Olympic Delivery Authority in planning the 2012 London Games.