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Quite simply, Geography is about the world in which we live. It attempts to bridge the human and physical sciences to enable us to understand how the world works, our place on the earth and how the natural and man-made components affect each other. We do this through three main Geographical themes...

Physical Geography

This is the study of the natural features of the earth - or what would have still been here if people had never existed. Physical Geography includes rivers and coastal environments. It incorporates world ecosystems; from the very hottest deserts to the coldest places such as Antarctica, as well as the world's rainforests. It also includes topics such as the weather and natural hazards. 

Human Geography
This is the study of where and how people live - including the study of settlements, population and migration as well as industry, energy, agriculture, travel and tourism.

Environmental Geography
This is the study of how the physical and human worlds interact. It includes looking at how people exploit and change/pollute their environment, as well as looking at specific environmental issues (e.g. acid rain and global warming)

Clearly, all physical and human aspects of our planet are changing all the time. Therefore Geography is an integral part of the curriculum at Castle High School, providing students with valuable knowledge about current world issues and instilling a sense of responsibility about the world and its people.

The Geography Department at Castle High School capitalises on the relevance and worth of the subject by altering the topics that we teach and the way we deliver them to ensure maximum interest and motivation from our students. Currently students at Castle High School study the following topics in Geography:

Year 7 
Britain or European 
Map Skills 
Extreme Weather and Climate 
How do rivers shape the land? River flooding. 
Global warming / recycling 

Year 8 
Fragile environments - rainforests / Antarctica 
Tectonics (volcanoes and earthquakes.) 
Why is population constantly changing? 
Globalisation - the true cost of your wardrobe 
China - A global Superpower 

Students then have the opportunity to select the subjects they would like to continue studying in Year 9. 

We will then study the following subjects: 
Sustainable Development 
Transport and Industry 
Mini controlled Assessment 

During years 9, 10 and 11 we follow the AQA A Geography GCSE course. Studying the physical elements of Geography including; Water on the Land, Coasts and Restless Earth and for human geography the pupils study: Population, Changing Urban Environment and Tourism. 

At GCSE level there is a requirement to complete field work. The field work will complement the chosen topic for controlled assessment. For example, students have visited the German market and Birmingham CBD in recent years in order to assess the regeneration of the city centre.

The Geography Department prides itself on: 
Keeping our curriculum relevant and contemporary. 
Varying our teaching styles to appeal to a wide number of learning styles. 
Developing a classroom environment which is conducive to learning. 
Taking an interest in the development of each student and helping them to achieve.