Geography at Queen Anne’s aims to introduce geographical topics and concepts that help girls to understand the world around them locally, nationally and globally. The girls develop inquisitive minds about the world in which they live. This will provide a solid foundation for further studies into GCSE and A Level. At GCSE and A Level geography will give you an understanding of the complexities of human and physical environments. It addresses contemporary issues and enables you to become an informed global citizen. The course aims to study the inter-relationships between people and their varied environments, and the questions, issues and problems which arise from these relationships.
Head of Geography: Mrs Imogen Robson-Hemmings
Geography: Mrs Gillian Little (Director of Teaching and Learning)
Geography: Mrs Linda McGrenary
Geography: Ms Rachel Rathbone
Based in the main school building, girls are taught in purpose-built classrooms. When required for research purposes some lessons are taught in one of the state-of-the-art ICT suites.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Fieldwork is integral to geography and we value its many benefits. In the 4s (year 8) we go to Cornwall; the trip includes a study of coastal and river features, practising map skills through orienteering; also team-building activities, surfing and kayaking. In U4 (year 9) there is a pre-GCSE trip to Malham, Yorkshire, to study landscape features and practise data collection skills. In L5 (year 10) we visit the East End of London to study Urban Regeneration including the redevelopment of the Olympic Park site. In L6 we visit Dorset to study coastal features and collect data for the geographics skills component of the course. Also we have a senior expedition; to date we have visited Iceland and Sicily. In addition to the above trips we regularlly take the girls out locally to collect data.
Other opportunities provided include entering competitions and quizzes, for example entering a team in a local quiz organised by the Geographical Association. We also take Sixth Form girls to local university lectures or invite guest speakers to come and speak to the girls.
CHANGES TO GCSE GEOGRAPHY
Candidates will be required to take all GCSE assessments at the end of the course for awards made from summer 2014 onwards.
- Question papers in English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies with extra marks awarded for spelling punctuation and grammar will first be sat by candidates in January 2013.
In most subject specifications all units will be taken together in the summer term with no re-sit opportunities for individual units.
- Controlled Assessment can be completed at any time during the academic year but students cannot be entered for controlled assessment units until the end of the course in the year of certification.
- If a student re-takes a whole qualification they can carry forward their results for the controlled assessment unit(s). This applies to November re-takes for English and English Language and re-sits for other GCSEs the following year.
- Ofqual are not proposing changes to the regulations for Controlled Assessment.