The departmental aim is to make the study of Geography not only relevant to the lives of the pupils of Bablake as they grow up in the 21st century, but also to make it a fun subject wherever possible!
- Mr S P Enstone (Head of Department)
- Mrs A L P Bradshaw
- Mrs J MacGibbon
- Mrs G Press (Deputy Head- Pastoral)
The department is housed at the far end of the main school building in the "old Headmaster's house" and comprises of two large teaching rooms, two 6th Form teaching rooms, a resources room with its own cluster of networked computers, a book store, the departmental office and the office of Bablake Weather Station. There is also a large teaching room in the EDM block. The school's automatic weather station is located at the school's playing fields, with data accessible via data logger and modem to the school itself and to the Met Office, which takes the data on an hourly basis as part of its UK-wide observational network. The Met Office also has its own automatic weather station at the school site.
Geography is a compulsory subject for the first 3 years, and an option at GCSE and A Level. In the Shells and 2nd Year, the schemes of work largely follow the National Curriculum with a heavy emphasis upon practical work and skills. The topics studied are chosen to give a broad introduction to the subject, and range from Ordnance Survey mapwork to weather to towns & cities and to river landscapes. GCSE teaching commences in the 3rd Year with courses on plate tectonics and tourism. In the 4th year, we study urban change, coasts and globalisation, with weather and climate covered in the 5th year. The AQA specification has a compulsory 25% controlled assessment component, and so much of the Autumn term in the 5th year is devoted to this. Data is collected locally in Stratford on Avon. The AS course follows the AQA specification, where we study population and resources, rivers and hydrology plus energy issues and cold environments. In the L6th year there is a fieldtrip to North Wales during March. The A2 course looks at plate tectonics, weather and climate change, natural hazards and world cities.
The aims of the department include the following objectives:
- to encourage and stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoment in Geography.
- to encourage students to have open enquiring minds concerning world events and issues.
- to cultivate in students a sense of location, a knowledge of places, a respect for differing cultures and an empathy with people in society.
In recent years, a good number of A Level Geography students have elected to study the subject at university, with several taking up places at Oxford. There is a wide variety of university courses that our A Level students have followed ranging from Aeronautical Engineering to Medicine, Law and Marketing - there really is no career that does not benefit in some way from a background in Geography.
The department has organised expeditions to Namibia in 1999, Iceland in 2001, China in 2003- though unfortunately the latter had to be cancelled because of the SARS virus- and Iceland again in 2006.
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Bablake develops the whole child- developing responsible, confident adults with a sound academic base.