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At Smithills School, our pupils learn about how places and environments are interdependent. They carry out geographical enquiries inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they identify geographical questions, collect and analyse written and statistical evidence, and develop their own opinions.


During Key Stage 3, pupils investigate a wide range of people, places and environments all around the world. They learn about geographical patterns and processes and how political, economic, social and environmental factors affect contemporary geographical issues.


Through Year 9, 10 and 11, pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE Geography which expands these ideas and concepts. In Year 11 we follow the WJEC specification B course that investigates many elements of both the human and physical environment. In addition, pupils undertake a controlled assessment to describe their understanding of a topic they have covered. This year, our Year 11 pupils investigated similarities and differences between a local river and the River Severn. In Years 9 and 10 we cover the Eduqas specification A course which examines both physical and human environments with a focus on particular place. Here we undergo two pieces of contrasting fieldwork, one in an rural environment and one in an urban. Most recently we visited the area around Barrow Bridge and Rivington to collect data.


Last academic year the department ran our first geography camp to the Ribble Valley and this year we plan to run this popular trip again. We have offered pupils the chance to visit Paris in France and Morocco in collaboration with other faculties in school. In recent years we have visited the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Northern France and Barcelona in Spain.


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