Geography at Stringer
The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. There has never been a better or more important time to study geography, and the geography department at Dorothy Stringer enthusiastically deliver a wide range of geographical topics with the aim of inspiring students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the planet.
Geography is a wide and varied subject; during key stage three we study both traditional geography such as the geography of the British Isles and Europe and contemporary issues such as consumption, sport and global inequalities. We study the formation of physical landscapes from the coast to glaciated valleys and we investigate how people respond to natural hazards, flooding and climate change. We learn through our personal experiences whilst challenging our stereotyped views of countries and cultures.
Geography is a subject in which we develop a range of lifelong skills by using maps, GIS and a variety of field research techniques. These enquiry skills encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking which create students who are independent thinkers and good team players.
At GCSE, we build upon the knowledge and skills gained at key stage three by studying some topics in much more detail but also learn about brand new topics such as population and tourism. The course is assessed with two exams and a controlled assessment where students collect their own data from the River Ogwen, Wales and the River Cuckmere, East Sussex.
We bring the textbook to life through a variety of fieldtrips: we investigate the geography of our school grounds during lessons by exploring the pond, butterfly haven and woodland; we investigate our local geography when we visit Preston Park; we visit Plumpton Farm and examine the South Downs as an ecosystem; at GCSE we investigate the geographical processes at the coast at Saltdean, urban geography in central Brighton and sustainable water supplies at Arlington Reservoir; GCSE students also have the opportunity of a lifetime to visit Iceland!