The Geography Department at RMGS is a successful, medium-sized department. The subject is taught to all our pupils in Years 7 to 9 as part of the National Curriculum. Currently, classes in Years 7 and 9 get four periods of Geography per fortnight and Year 8 classes three periods. In Year 10 students choose Geography as a GCSE. option. In Year 12 Geography can be chosen as one of the AS and A Level subjects.
The Department is well resourced with textbooks and equipment. In Years 7 to 9, pupils do not have their own textbooks to carry with them, but use a wide range of books and resource materials. Students choosing Geography as a GCSE. or as an 'A' Level have their own copies of the main textbooks. The Department has the use of video machines, interactive whiteboards, a weather station and satellite equipment as well as a large amount of fieldwork equipment for all years.
To find out information about the all the sixth form courses offered please see the sixth form pages.
Fieldwork is a very important aspect of our work in the Geography Department and we have a long tradition of organising good quality fieldwork trips to a wide range of locations.
Our aim is to provide a fieldwork visit for each year group from Year 7 through to Year 12. Each trip not only contributes to the syllabus for that year, but builds up the skills of the individual students.
- Year 7: Coast Study - Reculver
- Year 8: Shopping Study - Rochester
- Year 9: Chalk Downland Study - North Downs
- Year 10: Urban Study - Canterbury
- Year 12: Geographical Skills - Yorkshire
For those that carry on the study of Geography to A Level, they eventually develop sufficient skill and confidence to plan and carry out their own fieldwork.