The study of the world around us, both from a physical as well as a human perspective is what makes the work of geographers as diverse as it is compelling.

On any given day, pupils could be delving into the issue of climate change, studying landscapes and their characteristics or looking to understand how trade and globalisation affect and change our world. Often, the top media stories of the day are underpinned by geography; whether it’s crime statistics, the spread of disease or sustainability to name a few.  

As a department we seek to provide our pupils with the opportunity to access the curriculum though as many different mediums as possible with particular emphasis on digital learning resources and ICT. We always aim to provide a source of inspiration for pupils (from beginners to experts) by exemplifying top quality, but accessible, geographical issues using different platforms.

Following a broad introduction to the subject from T2 to S2, pupils have the option to pursue their studies at National 5 and at IB level.

Geography - National 5

At National 5, pupils focus on three areas: Physical Environments, Human Environments and Global Issues.

Physical Environments covers location of landscape type, formation of key landscape features, land-use management and sustainability and weather. Landscapes from contexts within Scotland and/or the UK are studied and these could be either glaciated uplands and coastal landscapes or upland limestone and rivers and their valleys.

Human Environments looks at contrasts in development, world population distribution and change and issues in changing urban and rural landscapes.  Learners will study and compare developed and developing countries drawn from a global context.

Global Issues covers a diverse range of issues: climate change, the impact of human activity on the natural environment, environmental hazards, trade and globalisation, tourism and health. Learners will study major global issues and the strategies adopted to manage these. Two topics must be studied for the course assessment.

Geography - IB

The IB Geography course at Lomond School emphasises global and international awareness through the examination of current issues, including poverty, sustainability, and climate change. Pupils engage with detailed case studies and examples across different scales, spanning from local to regional, national, and international contexts. This structured approach ensures a thorough exploration of key geographical themes, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the interconnected nature of global challenges. Join us in unraveling the complexities of our world through the lens of geography.

As well as classroom learning, opportunities for practical activities including fieldwork are essential in this area so that learners can interact with their environment.

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