Staffing of the department

Mr A Edwards – Head of Department
Ms E Cahir – Teacher of Geography / Associate Assistant Head

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.

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. Geography is our passion, teaching is a joy, behaviour is exemplary and staff are committed, creative and reflective.

KS4 Curriculum

In KS4, pupils study AQA Geography specification A. This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

KS4 Programme of study

The weekly curriculum for students is 150 minutes a week of Geography at KS4. The GCSE Geography course encompasses lots of areas already studied in Key Stage 3 which gives students a solid base from which to start. The topics covered over the course are;

Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment. This includes the challenge of natural hazards, the living world and physical landscapes in the UK in which students develop their knowledge of river and coastal landscapes.

Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment. This includes urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management.

Paper 3 – Geographical applications. This includes an issue evaluation and two fieldwork investigations.

Geographical skills are taught throughout the course and included throughout each unit.

Much of classroom materials such as presentations, videos, worksheets and revision aids and revision software are available for pupils to use anytime from home through the Show My Homework website.

KS4 Exams – what to expect

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public

BBC Bitesize
Cool Geography
Royal Geography Society
National Geographic
CIA World Factbook
School Revision Site
Geography in the News
AQA Exam Board
Past Exam Papers for AQA