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. 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 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.
We offer a variety of fieldtrips at key stage three, including trips to the Stanmer Park Earthship and Plumpton Farm. In addition, students investigate the geography of our school grounds during lessons by exploring the pond, butterfly haven and woodland.
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 new topics. The course is assessed with three exams at the end of Year 11. Whilst there is no controlled assessment, students are still required to attend two fieldtrips where they will collect their own data from local sites. At GCSE level students conduct human fieldwork in central Brighton and physical fieldwork in a coastal location such as Saltdean or along a river such as the River Ouse in Lewes or the River Cuckmere in East Sussex.