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. 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.

KS4 Curriculum

In KS4, pupils study AQA Geography specification A. Schemes of work and session planning are done as a team. It is essential that the successful candidate shares this desire for creative team planning and teaching.

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 two year course are ‘Changing Urban Environments, The Restless Earth, Water on the Land, The Coastal Zone, Population Change and Tourism.’ There is also a piece of Controlled Assessment (worth 25% of the final GCSE grade) which is normally carried out in the local area.

This year pupils are studying the effects of tourism in Greenwich. We hope to offer students the opportunity to go to Swanage for a weekend to improve their data collection skills and see some of the Coastal/River features we study for real.

All classroom materials such as presentations, videos, worksheets and revision aids and revision software are available for pupils to use anytime from home through the Geography GCSE Fronter pages

KS4 Exams – what to expect

Unit 1: Physical Geography

  • External exam
    • 1 hour 30 min
    • 37.5% of the total marks

Unit 2: Human Geography

  • External exam
    • 1 hour 30 min
    • 37.5% of the total marks

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment

  • Local Fieldwork Investigation
    • 25% of total marks

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