In the Shell year Geography is a compulsory subject. There are three lessons and two allocated preps to complete per cycle.
Geography is an engaging, dynamic and contemporary subject. The course in the Shell year encourages students to consider the big ideas on global issues, yet explore how they relate to local areas. The course links into the National Curriculum for Geography, covering a wide range of human and physical topics; these include hot and cold environments, globalisation, international trade, development issues, hazardous environments and plate tectonics. Current issues are discussed regularly in lessons and students are encouraged to keep up to date on events in the ever-changing world around them.
Geography is taught in a practical way, combining taught classes with personal investigative research, fieldwork studies, use of mapping and information technology, and group work. Use of ICT is especially encouraged, and the discipline provides a very good medium through which to develop word processing, data manipulation, web research and presentation skills.
Field trips are organised by the department in order to demonstrate human and physical geography in real world situations. Recent trips have taken the Shells to local areas around Oxford, together with areas further afield such as South Wales, London and the south coast of England.
The Shell year studies will provide an excellent grounding in the discipline. The confident understanding of geographical issues and processes places students in a sound position to progress to the IGCSE Geography course in the Remove and Fifth years.