Welcome to the Oaklands Geography department
The Geography Department was inspected by Ofsted on the 12th and 13th of May 2009 and was awarded the highest grade of ‘Oustanding’. The full report can be found here. In the most recent inspection (2013), our lessons were graded as either ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’. Students at Oaklands are taught by five full time specialist Geographers in the recently built John Paul II block.
The use of ICT in Geography at Oaklands has grown with improvements in teachers’ skills, better access to the Internet and high quality software. Digital projectors and interactive whiteboards have added positively to geography teaching at Oaklands, particularly since the construction of the new John Paul II block as the department has access to a suite of 30 computers. All students have the opportunity to use software such as AEGIS3, Google Earth and Info Mapper combined with other generic Microsoft Office software.
All the members of the department believe in the inclusion of fieldwork in the Geography curriculum. It is our belief that students gain a huge amount from fieldwork- not just the Geographical learning, but also personal development as many of the activities require teamwork and interaction with the public in activities such as questionnaires.
We offer international fieldwork, having visited Iceland in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The success of these resulted in a further trip being added and we now visit Sicily on what is likely to be a bi-annual basis.