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Geography Department Staff

Mr S McFarland (Head of Department)

Mrs K Walmsley

Mr J McMahon

Mrs E Walker

Why Study Geography?

Geography is the study of Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies. Physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. In LJHS, the Geography Department aims to stimulate an interest in the relationship of man with the environment and an enthusiasm for the world around us by using a wide range of activities and engaging approaches.

"I Like Geography because you get to explore and progress your learning outside the classroom."

"I really Like Geography because i get to find out about other countries and what the world has to offer."

"Geography is really enjoyable because i learn more about my own country's culture."

KS3 Geography Course Details

Year 8 Knowledge

  • What is Geography?

  • Location- including investigation and fieldwork skills

  • Map skills

  • Settlement

  • Ecosystem project work

Year 9 Knowledge

  • Rivers - including The Water Cycle, Flooding and Pollution

  • Weather

  • Climate change

Year 10 Knowledge

  • World of work

  • Population

  • Earthquakes and volcanoes

  • Farming

  • Fair Trade

“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world.”

– Barack Obama

Image by Christine Roy

Career Options

Studying Geography can lead to many employment opportunities. Agriculture (ecologist, farmer, food scientist): This sector employs over 350,000 people across the UK. Although core agricultural roles are expected to drop by 2030, many new jobs will be created in ‘agri-tech.’ Consultancy (cost-consultant, logistics analyst, transportation consultant): In the future, consultants with skills and knowledge in ICT and technology, data analysis, digital marketing and cyber-security will be in demand. Energy & Utilities (geotechnical engineer, surveyor, water consultant): Today, about 500,000 people work in the energy sector. With the demand for green energy growing, by 2020 half a million people could be working in renewables alone. Public Sector (environmental officer, planning officer, transport planner): The public sector – which includes NHS, hospitals, state schools, local councils and the police – employs more than 5 million people across the UK.

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