“Geography: the study of the earth as home to humankind.”
The Geography department is made up of three specialist Geographers: Mr Brown, Miss Ellis and Miss Woolliscroft. The Geography department is currently housed in three specialist classrooms, equipped with a wide range of resources. Access to the school’s computer suites is actively encouraged through the departmental schemes of work and an extensive range of both printed and digital contemporary resources are kept. The department’s focus is on innovative, contemporary teaching through experiential learning.
What is contemporary Geography? Why not have a look at the Geographical Association’s manifesto: http://www.geography.org.uk/download/GA_ADVBookletFULL.pdf
KEY STAGE 3
Students have two lessons a week of Geography at Key Stage 3.
Year 7: Mapwork, Weather and Climate, Population and Migration
Year 8: Quality of Life and Settlement, Natural Hazards and Climate Change.
Assessment: Year 7 and 8 students receive an end of unit test and a final end of year examination.
KEY STAGE 4
Board: OCR Geography B
Specification code: J385
Year 9: Geography in the News. Students study an innovative year based on News Article analysis, computer projects and documentaries and skills. All aimed at learning and developing the skills required in order to succeed in geography GCSE.
Year 10: Rivers and Coasts, Tectonic and Climatic Hazards, Population and Settlement
Year 11: Controlled assessment (plus one of the Year 10 topics), Economic Development.
Assessment: 25% SDME, 25% Controlled assessment, 50% Terminal Exam (All in Y11)
Board: OCR Geography
Specification code: H083/H483
Year 12: A two exam split, with one exam focussing on physical and the other human geography. These exams are weighted equally.
F761 – Physical – covers; Rivers, Coasts and Cold environments.
F762 – Human – covers; Urban, Tourism and Energy.
These two exams count also contribute 50% of geography A2.
Year 13: A two exam split, with one exam focussing on geographical and fieldwork skills and the other global issues.
F763 – Global Issues – covers; Earth Hazards, Climatic Hazards, Population and Resources and Globalisation. This exam is worth 30% of the final A2 grade.
F764 – Geographical skills – covers all aspects of planning, conducting and evaluating geographical investigations as well as geographical skills concepts. This exam is worth 20% of the final A2 grade.
FIELDWORK: Fieldwork is carried out at all levels. Past fieldwork has included: Year 7 orienteering collaboration with PE, Year 8 urban studies with History and Year 9 ecosystems work. GCSE students carry out local fieldwork to gather data for their controlled assessment task.
Our AS Geographers spend a day in London at the docklands and 2012 Olympic site, investigating urban regeneration and tourism.
The A2 Geographers complete a week-long residential trip to North Wales at the start of Year 13, to support their work in the geographical skills paper. Spending time investigating sand dunes on Anglesey, conducting fieldwork on the impacts of urban regeneration projects in Bangor and researching the role tourism plays in Betws-y-coed.
RESULTS: Our student numbers and exam results excel against both school and national averages. A good number of students go on to study the subject at university, including Oxbridge entrants.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR: The department are heavily involved in extra-curricular activities across the school. We have a specialist Geography Library, which is accessible to sixth form Geographers. We run a ‘Conflict Geography’ enrichment investigating contemporary geographical issues. Sixth form Geographers also volunteer to become Geography Ambassadors, an innovative scheme that gets them to assist some of our Key Stage 3 classes.
WORLD CHALLENGE: The department also lead expeditions through the World Challenge organisation. Miss Woolliscroft, Miss Kelsey and Mr Brown are all taking teams to Burma in 2016 to volunteer, trek and visit some of the most culturally rich regions in South-East Asia. For more information, please see the World Challenge page by clicking here.