Geography is the study of places and spaces. It explores the relationship that we have as humans, with the natural environments in which we live in and enjoy at a variety of scales – from our local area, such as our home or school, to the places in which we impact on across the globe through tourism and communications. It is undoubtedly a fascinating subject and at Dartford Grammar School we take every opportunity, whether that is in the classroom, in fieldwork, in travel or in independent learning to ensure that it is a subject that everyone can relate to, enjoy and excel in.
Geography forms part of a group of subjects known as the humanities. These study the ways in which people, in the past and present, process and document their experiences around the global world. Having knowledge of geography is integral to an understanding of all humanities.
Within the subject of geography there are two sciences. Human geography is a social science which concerns the understanding of cultures, communities, economies and global interactions, whereas physical geography is a natural science which concerns the understanding of the earth’s physical landscapes and the environment. Geography brings both the sciences together to complement each other, creating a unique learning experience which is both challenging and inspiring. Geography requires students to exercise a vast range of skills featured in the IB Learner Profile including thinking, analytical and evaluative skills. This acts to enrich learning in other subjects and it helps to create well-rounded individuals. It is not surprising that those educated as geographers are respected by employers for their wide range of transferable skills and knowledge, who often go on to be professionals to contribute substantially to the decisions made about the world in which we live in.
Dartford Grammar School values Geography very highly, both inside and outside of the classroom, and we appreciate it simply as an education for life. In gaining a geography education at Dartford Grammar School, students and staff are able to become both socially and environmentally conscious, well-informed and accountable citizens, with a responsibility to protect the world in which we live in.
Geography allows us to explore:
- The places, people and societies in which we live and work in.
- The physical environments around us and its opportunities and challenges for humans to live in.
- Systems and processes that underpin the world and its natural environment.
- The threats to our environment and its stresses.
- The interdependence of countries, businesses and communities across the globe.
- The world and its changing dynamics on a local, national and global scale.
- The global, national, local and individual contribution to those changes.
- The actions that can be taken to manage our world sustainably and for the future
- Different peoples’ viewpoints in current geographical issues, including conflicts and solutionsto resolve these.
What students say about studying Geography
I love Geography at DGS because I get to learn about the environment around us, global problems, and countries that speak the languages we learn at school.
- Hamzah Kader, Year 9
I find Geography amazing and interactive - the teachers are great and get you involved in the lessons. Learning geography gives me a fantastic insight into the world and different peoples’ perspective. - Joseph Winstanley, Year 11
I enjoy Geography because it allows me to learn about the world we live in – a skill that will be useful if I get the chance to go travelling in the future.
- Archie Hayton, Year 11
I love Geography because it challenges me. I feel that learning Geography at DGS helps me to become a better global citizen. Geography is a means in which to understand the world around us. - Akshay Dhir, Year 12