Thirty-four Year 9 students visited the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington to take part in an interactive enrichment day called 'Going Places with Geography'. We were one of only four lucky schools invited to the RGS to take part in this event.
1.Human Geography - the focus of this session was differences in Global Development. After taking part in a quiz, the students in groups selected one of the eight Millennium Development Goals and chose which one would be most important for their allocated country and how they could apply it within the said country.
2. Physical Geography - this session explored common how petroleum oil causes problems when spillages occur and the ways in which such spillages can be dealt with. The students were able to make an oil spillage in water and work out how different methods of dealing with it can be used. The students had to come up with the method that they thought worked best giving their reasons.
3. Careers in Geography - the year 9’s were able to be quite competitive in this session, they had to sell themselves in the Crazy Hat Company business to see which geographers would be given a job in the company. Groups took on the roles of Product designer
Sales team (winning team awarded the job!)
Discussions led onto the versatile skills that 'taking Geography further' can develop. Geographers are among the most employable graduates from university, with one of the lowest unemployment rates post-degree. The session was not a 'hard sell' of a Geography as a subject, rather a discussion to enable students to evaluate how they are currently developing skills in their study of Geography and how they can easily transfer these skills in a cross-curricular way. Students asked some great questions about how the ambassadors running the session would relate geography to such careers as Medicine, Law and Physics and how the study of Geography to GCSE or A Level would be useful in many other chosen professions.
4. I Love Geography
The final session looked at what it was about geography that the Geography Ambassadors loved.
The session started with the following question.
Where have Wimbledon tennis balls been before they reach the court?
How many miles have they travelled in the production process? For answers ask a Year 9 student on the trip.
The sessions ended with an interesting discussion of the role of maps in geography and what they can show and the importance of maps our daily lives.
Quotes from the year 9 students at the end of the day:
How important geography is without us realising it
Geography can develop you as a person
I thought that it was very energetic and creative and opened up my Geographical thinking
I learned not to take things at face value, and not trust what MP's tell us
It was good to learn about the variety of careers available for geographers
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