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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

The Geography Department aims to inspire in QEGS students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  We teach all students from Year 7 to Year 9 and Geography is a very popular choice at both GCSE and A Level.

At KS3 we base our teaching on the national curriculum for geography.  We want our students to develop their knowledge of the location of globally significant places, understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human features of both the UK and wider world, and be competent in a range of geographical skills.  At KS4, students may opt to study for the AQA GCSE Geography with its stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary content.

At KS5, students currently work towards the AQA A-Level Geography qualification. This specification aims to challenge students' perceptions and their investigative and analytical skills.   It has a developmental structure which helps to facilitate progression through the course and beyond to link with the demands of higher level study.

In Geography, sixth form students act as mentors to GCSE students.  Lunchtime support sessions are available to GCSE and A-Level students in the weeks before the final examinations.   The Geography Department encourages students to seek help with their homework, when necessary, with their class teacher.

Students are challenged in a number of ways during lessons be it to extend their written answers or explain a new concept to the rest of their class.  Also our more able students are encouraged to read the geography periodicals in the school library or visit specific websites related to the topic under study.

There is a constantly evolving programme of enrichment based on curriculum developments and the emergence of new opportunities.  Sixth form students are taken to an annual conference organised by the Lincoln Branch of the Geographical Association as well as being encouraged to attend the programme of evening lectures.  The Geography Department also enters two teams, drawn from our GCSE groups, for the national World Wise Quiz; this year our teams gained first and second place in the county round of the event.  Throughout the year, students are offered opportunities to enrich their learning through a variety of visits.   For example, Year 7 visit a local farm to study changes in the industry; GCSE students collect data from a number of carefully chosen local places to help them with their geographical enquiries; Year 12 A-Level students stay in Whitby which enables them to study the complete course of a river and also coastal erosion and defence; Year 13 visit Leverton Marshes in order to investigate salt marsh succession.