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My name is Mr Daniel Greenfield and I am a Geography teacher at Oakham School in Rutland, UK (http://www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk/). I read Geography at King's College (University of London) between 1996 and 1999. I then went on to do my PGCE (post-graduate certificate of education) in Geography at The University of Nottingham in 2002/3. Oakham School is my fifth school after spells at Derby Grammar School in the UK (2 years), the British International School in Vietnam (3 years), Ras Al Khaimah English Speaking School in the UAE (2 years) and Academia Britanica Cuscatleca in El Salvador (2 years).

This website is not designed to be a classroom teaching tool, but a revision and supplementary reading aid for Geography IGCSE and Geography IB students. For IGCSE the course content has been broken down into 12 topics. For IB the course content has been broken down into the three papers and then subdivided into individual topics and themes. The website also contains information on external examinations and copies of the specifications.

Geography IB

Geography IGCSE

What is Geography and why is it Important?


Traditionally Geography has been divided into human Geography that looks at people and places and physical Geography that looks at the planet and its processes. However, Geography is now taught in a much more fluid way and looks at the interactions between humans and the physical world. Because of this, Geography is unique in that it offers a link between the social sciences (Business, Economics, History) and the hard sciences (Physics, Biology, Chemistry).

The importance of Geography can be clearly appreciated by watching the news, reading the internet and looking at the world around us. Current global and locally important issues that are taught in Geography include:
  • Hazards and hazard management e.g. Christchurch earthquake
  • Multiculturalism
  • Development (debt, trade and aid)
  • Quality of life and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Climate change and global warming
  • Forced and voluntary migration e.g. climate refugees and Central American economic migrants
  • Intra and inter regional inequalities
  • Globalisation of cultures and the economy
  • Growth of tourism and its impacts
  • Resource management e.g. fossil fuels and water
  • Geopolitics (country boundaries and resource distribution
  • Telecommunications
  • Renewable energy
Because of its relevance to the world we live in and the large variety of skills that its teaches you, Geography is one of the most important subjects taught in schools today. To read more why about why you should study Geography, follow this link: Why Study Geography?

Catch up with some of latest Geographical issues and news at the Greenfieldgeography Blog: Greenfieldgeography Blog