A Brief Introduction to the Geography Department
Geography is a compulsory subject in Year 7 & 8 and is a very popular GCSE option with well over 100 students in each year group choosing to study Geography at Key Stage 4.
Meet the Team
The Department is made up of a 3 specialist teachers with each member having expertise in a particular area. The department consists of 3 fully resourced specialist classroom with access to the ‘Livingstone’ open learning area.
Mr A Parker (Head of Department)
Specialist in Physical Geography
Mr A Davies
Specialist in Human Geography
(Head of Churchill House)
Miss A May
Specialist in Environmental Geography
Together we make a formidable team of vibrant and enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about geography.
Key Stage 3
The newly planned KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure that students develop the skills and knowledge that they need, not only to be effective geographers but also to be able to achieve their full potential at GCSE.
Students from Year 7 are assessed on a regular basis through Home Learning Projects and termly examinations. Examinations take place at the end of each term, this means that students have to learn to revise the topic they have study. Therefore developing important revision and exam skills from the start of their secondary school journey.
We believe that fieldwork is an essential part of Geography and we have developed fieldwork to be integrated into topics from Year 7 to Year 10. In year 7 and 8 we make full use of extensive grounds that the school is within and in Year 9 and 10 we develop these skills wider afield. We plan to develop our use of fieldwork within the subject as well as developing cross curricular links with other subjects, including science.
The department are committed to ensuring that every student achieves their full potential. Intervention is planned and available for all year groups with particular focus on Year 9, 10 and 11 with whom we provide structure revision session throughout the year.
Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 & 11)
Students currently follow the OCR B GCSE Geography for Enquiring Minds. This newly approved course develops and extends students’ knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts.
Students gain an understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time. This will help them to think like a geographer.
During the 3 years of studying for the GCSE they will develop and extend their competence in a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence. Through this, they will learn to study like a geographer.
Students are taught to apply their geographical knowledge, understanding, skills appropriately and creatively to real world contexts, including fieldwork, and to recent and current situations and issues; and develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding. Through this they are applying geography.
Fieldwork and geographical skills are fully integrated into the content and assessments. This will ensure these skills are embedded within teaching and learning. All students will undertake at least 2 days of field studies looking at physical and human processes.
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