Geography

Staff: 

Mr. K. Mukono 
Mr. S. Mtisi
Mr. C. Mhike

Mr. B. Mwale

Overview: 

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is about the world in which we live. There is the natural environment which includes biosphere, atmosphere and the lithosphere. The human environment includes population, settlement, manufacturing, migration, farming and a whole lot of other topics that relate to mankind.

Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning is covered through class work, external speakers, fieldtrips and personal experience. The subject develops students with the skills they need to apply to the workplace and these are taught through a wide range of interesting local, national and global topics.

Field Trips and education outside of the Classroom:

Students get the opportunity for fieldtrips to local farms, dams and as the L6 Geography class travels as faraway as the Zambezi Valley for the annual week long RIFA Camp. In addition to this we also try to get relevant lectures/presentations from specialists in their field to supplement our own teaching.

Qualifications: IGCSE
Geography is a compulsory subject from Form 1 and 4, but becomes an elective subject at Lower 6. At IGCSE level, the course covers 3 main sections as from 2015 and these are:

  1. Population and settlement.
  2. The Natural environment.
  3. Economic development and the use of resources.

At AS level the course is core for both physical and human components.
For the physical core the following topics are covered:

  1. Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.
  2. Atmosphere and weather.
  3. Rocks and weathering. 

The human core covers the following topics:

  1. Population studies.
  2. Migration.
  3. Settlement dynamics.

At A2 level there are 4 optional topics that the teacher can choose from for both the physical and the human component. The teacher will choose 2 from the 4 and which will be taught in depth. The advanced human optional topics are:

  1. Production, location and change.
  2. Environmental management.
  3. Global interdependence.
  4. Economic transition.

The advanced physical optional topics are:

  1. Tropical environments.
  2. Coastal environments.
  3. Hazardous environments.
  4. Arid and semi arid environments

 Geography pupils at RIFA Camp

 Impala dissection - pupils being assisted by Freedom Nlongwane of RIFA educational camp.