Camden School For Girls has a long and proud tradition in Geography. Alumnus Eva Germaine Rimington Taylor (1879–1966) was the first woman to hold an Academic Chair of Geography in the United Kingdom. From 1908 to 1910 she acted as research assistant to A J Herbertson, head of the Oxford Geography School. She was appointed Professor of Geography at Birkbeck College in 1930.
We believe the geography department at Camden School For Girls should be a place where students...
“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” Barack Obama
Students follow four broad modules. The first module is about Geography itself, what it means and the key three concepts that underlie everything we teach:
In the autumn term we study economic geography, considering the differences between primary, secondary and tertiary jobs and how these affect our landscape. The topic is brought to light in our day trip to Docklands.
In the spring term students will conduct a comparative study of Africa and India, looking at both physical and human aspects.
The entire summer term is devoted to climate change. What is the nature of the evidence we have for it, what are the causes, what are the impacts and what can we do about it. Case studies from Asia and Africa are considered.
We look at the Earth as a series of dynamic systems. During the year we will study four main systems:
Population: By the end of the module students should be able to understand the following opinions:
Our Weather System: We look at the atmosphere and how it influences the weather that we have to live through.
The Earth’s Ecosystem: The emphasis is placed on environmental destruction and conservation schemes. We will use a wide variety of data to enable the pupils to gain maximum geographical understanding.
The River System: Rivers are an important part of the Hydrological cycle – a system in itself. We study the physical features and have a day’s fieldwork measuring the River Bulbourne in Hertfordshire.
Coastlines: Students study the coastlines around Britain, why and how they are changing so rapidly and what impact people have on them.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Students study the location and relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes, where they occur and how they happen and the impact they have on the communities that live near them.
Inequalities: In the summer term students begin the material which forms part of the GCSE course. They will consider the nature of inequalities in geography and how by many measures inequalities are on the rise.
In the different modules attention is drawn to mapwork using both atlases and OS maps.
Central to the GCSE course is a residential fieldtrip to Wales. Here we collect data to be used in Unit 3 (see below) as well as trying out challenges and opportunities in new environments in a team of friends.
Paper 1: Physical Geography (35% - 1.5 hours long)(largely taught in Year 10)
Paper 2: Human Geography (35% - 1.5 hours long)(largely taught in Year 10)
Paper 3: Geographical applications (30% - 1 hour long)(largely taught in Year 11)
The GCSE Geography site below can only be accessed by students and staff of Camden School for Girls.
We believe that fieldtrips in geography are a vital part of learning. Each year you should go on at least one geography fieldtrip.
We are keen to encourage students to appreciate the diversity and breadth of geography and to have opportunities to develop their own interests beyond the National Curriculum and exam board syllabuses. For this reason we try to arrange a number of after school geography masterclasses. A selection of recent masterclasses are shown below. We encourage any students to come, but the events are particularly suitable for students in Years 10-13. Parents and carers are also welcome to attend.