Geography Gifted & Talented/Enrichment

Pupils who are gifted in Geography are likely to:

  • Understand geographical concepts clearly so that they can apply this understanding to new situations in order to make interpretations, develop hypotheses, reach conclusions and explore solutions.
  • Communicate effectively using both the written and spoken word.
  • Reason, argue and think logically, showing an ability to manipulate abstract symbols and recognise patterns and sequences.
  • Enjoy using graphs, charts, maps, diagrams and other visual methods to present information. This includes the effective use of aerial photographs, satellite images, maps and GIS systems.
  • Have a more highly developed value system, on issues such as environmental and the inequalities of life in different places, than most pupils of their age.
  • Have a wide-ranging general knowledge about the world.
  • Be able to transfer knowledge from subject to another. For example, the transfer of the industrial revolution from history to help explain the location of industry in the UK.
  • Be creative and original in their thinking, frequently going beyond the obvious solution to a problem.

Throughout their time at Blundell’s, pupils will be challenged to undertake a wide range of varying tasks and exercises that enable them to develop numerous skills. An inquisitive approach about the world around us is encouraged and the comprehension of the subject is enhanced by a knowledge and understanding of what is taking place on the planet today, at different scales. Consequently, students are regularly guided towards current affairs and there is an expectation that students keep up-to-date with current issues in the media. In addition, GSCE students and A-level students can subscribe to relevant geographical magazines.

As a result, Geography is a highly popular subject at both GCSE and A-level, and a significant number have continued their interest in this subject at university over recent years. To supplement their knowledge gained within the classroom, students in the Sixth Form have the ability to attend a range of lectures throughout the year and fieldwork is an essential component of academic enrichment.

Lecture Programme 2014/15

Royal Geographical Society lecture 2014/15

Venue: Ondaatje Hall

Extreme adventures and discoveries from the submerged world

By Andy Torbet

From exploring underwater cave systems, finding lost shipwrecks, icediving or freediving with sharks; whether its film making or TV presentation, it's always a real adventure.

SS Terra Nova (1884-1943) from the Arctic to the Antarctic

By Mike Tarver

Mike Tarver, author and Vice President of the Captain Scott Society, presents his talk on the whaler, sealer and historic barque which Scott adapted for his last expedition of 1910; and its later career until, burning, it was sunk by gunfire in 1943.

Wellington GA Lectures 2014/15

Trading with the Dragon: China in Africa

By Gill Miller

Is China’s trade with Africa good news? Or should Africa beware of Chinese exploitation and influence across the continent? This lecture discusses the ‘how, who, what and where’ of Chinese investment in Africa and how trade is inextricably linked to diplomacy.

Gill Miller is the Programme Leader on the International Development Studies Course at Chester University. She is also the Chief Examiner for the A level World Development Course.

Are you doing your bit? Environmental responsibility in an age of anthropogenic climate change

By Dr Stewart Barr

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the role humans play in changing our climate, and the likely impact. So why do so few of us take action to reduce carbon emissions?