Staffing of the department
Mr Edwards – Head of Department
Ms Cahir – Teacher of Geography
Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum
The department aims to give full access to the Geography curriculum for all pupils up to GCSE level, regardless of their ability or background. We wish to allow pupils to experience ‘positive achievement’, to reinforce and make links with other areas of their curriculum.
We build on pupils experiences in primary school and we make use of their personal experiences, relating them to the worlds of work and leisure, whilst developing their investigative and communicative skills. We strive to ensure that the form of the curriculum and the approaches to teaching and learning lead to a greater appreciation of Geography and its relevance to both the individual and society and to cater for the needs and aspirations of all pupils within a balanced whole-school curriculum.
Geography is a very successful subject in an outstanding school and the department is always seeking to improve on its performance. We are always striving to improve standards of teaching and learning across the Department. Our Youth Global Citizens club provides students with additional enjoyment of Geography after school and promotes great interest in the students. Geography is our passion, teaching is a joy, behaviour is exemplary and staff are committed, creative and reflective.
In KS3 schemes of work are designed to deliver a broad and interesting range of content and to develop a range of geographical skills. The weekly curriculum for students is 100 minutes a week of Geography at KS3.
The new curriculum has a renewed focus on locational knowledge places, processes and skills.
Key stage 3 students should extend their locational knowledge and be using globes, maps and atlases routinely in the classroom. Ideas for how to develop locational knowledge with your students.
Places and processes
Students should develop their place knowledge through the study of the human and physical geography of a region within Africa and a region within Asia. Students should also understand key processes in human and physical geography.
There is an emphasis on Ordnance Survey map skills, fieldwork and Geographical Information Systems.
Pupils carry out fieldwork at different scales over their time in KS3.
KS3 Programme of study
- Year 7
Students learn about how they are connected to the world in ‘Making Connections,’ some of the ‘Fantastic Places’ around the world and about places we can consider ‘Adventure Landscapes’. They also undertake projects such as ‘My Patch’ where they learn more about one particular location in the UK of their choice! They then go on to study Rivers and then finish off their summer term with a ‘Round the World’ project.
- Year 8
Students are asked to think about ‘Who do we think we are?’ In this module they study what makes up not only their identity but the identity of others too. Questions like ‘What does being British mean to you?’ and ‘What is a global citizen are explored. Pupils create a 1 minute movies about ‘My World’ to encapsulate themselves for their class mates to evaluate. Students then look at the topic ‘Who wants to live forever?’ which looks at why people are living for longer in general, why women tend to live longer than men, why life expectancy can be so different between countries. Pupils also study the Coastal Zone where they look at how waves work and the jobs that they do. They look at the different landforms made by the waves e.g. wave cut platforms using angel cake and modelling the formation of stacks with play dough. They then find out how humans try to stop the sea from eroding away their land. Pupils complete year 8 by looking at one of the biggest challenges to mankind – Climate Change.
- Year 9
Year 9 is all about building towards the start of the GCSE Geography course which students will begin at the end of the academic year if chosen as an option. Geography is currently the most popular option subject at the school and this is mainly down to the more varied and exciting curriculum now on offer at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Pupils begin year 9 by looking at the Restless Earth which is the study of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. They then study the ‘Geography of My Stuff.’ In this unit we look at where our everyday items come from and the impacts this has, as well as finding out about the consequences of illegally downloading music, child labour and FairTrade amongst other current, relevant issues. Pupils then complete year 9 by studying Development through which inequalities are explored and possibilities discussed.