Geography

Head of department: Mrs L Connarty

Overview

Geography lessons are based around improving pupils’ knowledge of geographical processes at a local, national and global scale. Lessons also improve students’ geographical and independent study skills. Both teachers in the department are geography specialists and each room is equipped with a projector, and interactive whiteboard with speakers.

Year 7

Year 7 Geography lays the foundations for students to study geography more in depth in year 8 and then at GCSE if they opt for the subject. Topics studied include: map skills, rivers and flooding, weather, settlement and energy.

Year 8

Year 8 builds on students’ independent and fieldwork skills, as well as expanding their geographical knowledge of people, places and processes. Topics studied include: Tectonics, coasts, tourism, ecosystems and development.

Year 9

Year 9 consolidates all the skills taught in years 7 and 8 and supports students in starting their GCSE on the AQA syllabus. The summer term especially focuses on facilitating students to carry out their own geographical investigations ready for their GCSE examination on geographical skills. The main unit taught in this year is hazards and the UK physical landscape.

Year 10 & 11

In year 10 and 11 students carry on with the GCSE focusing on the 4 remaining units they will sit for their three exams. Within each unit students focus on a range of specific case studies from LIC, NEE and HIC countries. The four remaining units studied are - urban issues and environments, the living world, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management.

Homework

Homework tasks may include:

  • Revision for end of unit tests
  • Extended pieces of writing based on examination style questions
  • Geographical research
  • Geographical independent and group projects

Activities on SAM learning or specific geographical websites

Enrichment

Geographical homework: Students who would like extra support can arrange time with their teacher after school from 3 pm Tuesdays to Fridays. Students who require ICT support can also arrange to use the humanities ICT suite.

Students will also have the opportunity to go on a variety of trips at Key Stage 3 that are specific to Geography but are also cross curricular with Humanities. Students at GCSE visit Swanage to carry out their fieldwork coursework..

Useful links

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/geography.shtml      

(a useful website with a range of information and clips on a variety of KS3 and GCSE topics)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

(a useful website for students studying GCSE Geography for revision)

http://www.nationalgeographic.com

(a website for students who wish to further their knowledge of the topics studied in class)

 

Careers and Further study

Students who study GCSE Geography can go on to study the subject at A-level and university. The study of Geography provides students with many transferable skills.

Careers for students who have studied Geography include:

Town planner, tourism officer, meteorologist, environmental consultant, transport planning, market researcher, international aid/development worker, geographical information systems officer, secondary school teacher, planning and development surveyor, journalist and customs officer.