Junior Preparatory |
“Of all subjects, it is Geography that best draws together the techniques of research, planning, communications and presentation that employers demand today.“ Director, Transport Research UK
The advantages of studying Geography are numerous. Geography students have explicit knowledge about local, national and global issues and are be able to comment on them critically. The global village is shrinking and in this ever-changing world, the issue of Globalisation is a “hot topic”. Geography students tackle the challenges of responsible, global citizenship while always bringing the bigger picture back to a local context. This, coupled with geographical skills and techniques, developed using maps and photographs including GIS skills. And, then, taking the theories learnt of the physical and human world around us and applying these to relevant, topical issues such as global warming versus climate change.
Geography opens up careers related to Commerce, Science and Arts degrees; specifically:
Commerce, trade and industry
Cultural understanding and tolerance
Our global interdependence
The career options associated with geography are many and geographical information systems are being utilised in almost every facet of the work environment. However, some of the more noticeable careers involving geography are listed below:
Urban and regional planner
Cellular communications developer
Coastal zone manager
Health service planner
All these are geographical related (and, in some cases, dependent) careers.
Please follow the link below to peruse the subject policy within the website’s policy library:
St Benedict's College Policy Library
In Grade 8 the subject content is
based on current issues relevant to our Global and local environment including:
Earth in space.
The Solar system.
Solstices and equinoxes.
phases of the Moon.
African Geography, physical, economic and development
Grade 9 continues with Global and
South African based issues and topics:
forces that shape the Earth
role of Science in development.
In Grade 10 the focus is on building
foundational knowledge and skill needed in the senior phase.
composition and structure of the atmosphere.
tectonics, folding, faulting, volcanoes and earthquakes.
structure, growth and movement.
skills: topographical maps and introduction to GIS. [Geographic
The grade 11 year focusses on
extending the knowledge and skills needed in the senior phase
and landforms, slopes and mass movements.
differences, issues and opportunities.
Global air circulation, secondary air circulation and tertiary air
circulation. Travelling disturbances and South Africa’s weather.
hazards of extreme weather conditions and human responses.
skills: topographical maps, aerial photos, orthophoto maps, GIS.
This content includes:
and weather in relation to South Africa.
drainage systems and fluvial processes.
and urban settlements, characteristics, processes and problems.
geography in relation to South Africa, globalisation and trade.
skills: topographical maps, orthophoto maps, aerial photographs, synoptic
weather maps, GIS
Fieldwork is one of the most vital aspects of the Geography curriculum and, as such, is the focal point of our current initiatives.
In Grades 8 and 9, field trips are planned to link in with the work taught, where possible – even if it is a short walk around the school or around the neighbourhood for a double lesson. Longer day trips are planned as excursions to various places such as the Planetarium, Maropeng, Gilooly’s Farm and so on.
In the senior grades, the fieldwork takes on a more “application in the real world” aspect as they take the theories learnt in class and apply these to real-world examples. These could include trips to the Maboneng district as a way of looking at Urban renewal and urban development, a trip to Rand Water to see how water is purified as part of the Grade 10 content or a trip to Hartbeespoort Dam with the Grade 11's to see how incline strata affect the landscape. The boys are taken on field trips when time permits and if the trip will add value to their classroom experience.
The Geography department utilises a wide range of current geographical DVDs to enhance the learning experience. There are also many useful apps that will be employed in the Geography classroom, such as ESRI (for GIS); Weather apps and so on.
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