Geography

Departmental Objective:

Geography has a distinctive contribution to make to the aims of the national curriculum. The geography programme of study provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that develop successful learners.  The relevance of geography to pupils’ lives, personal experiences and futures gives them the motivation to succeed and to enjoy learning. Geography equips and enthuses pupils with its range of approaches to learning, including fieldwork and discussion of current issues.

Facilities

The Geography Department has:

  • A large dedicated classroom with an interactive whiteboard
  • Extensive atlas and map resources
  • The latest textbooks in-line with the new National Curriculum and the new GCSE Geography Syllabus
  • A large range of resources for pupils of all abilities including SEN and Gifted and Talented

Key Stage 3

A central purpose of Geography at Key Stage 3 is to develop, through the key concepts, an understanding of the big ideas and events that shape the world. Geography thus enables pupils to become successful learners who have an understanding of issues at different scales and who can make sense of the world around them.

At Key Stage 3, pupils receive 3 lessons of Geography per fortnight.

Within the department we have invested in new resources to follow the new National Curriculum

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils study a large range of map skills ranging from grid references, map symbols to contours.  Pupils go on to study the UK, Migration, Population and Coasts.

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study Water and Flooding.  They then go onto study Plate Tectonics, understanding the Environment and the Countryside and also a study on Russia.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study Ecosystems and Development.  They then study Globalisation and current  issues such as Geography of Conflict or Fracking.  Pupils often finish on a sporting theme incorporated in Geography.  Examples from the past have been the Olympics, the Football World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

Key Stage 4

Pupils study the New GCSE Geography Syllabus from the Welsh Board (WJEC) Course Content

  • The study of subjects relevant to you, such as Migration, World Development and Coasts.
  • A focus on the dynamic nature of the world and the impacts of humans.
  • A fieldtrip to see geography in action.

Skills and Qualities needed:

  • You should have a keen interest in the world around you.
  • Be able to analyse and interpret information and also be able to solve problems.
  • You should be prepared to work hard and research topics by yourself.
  • Be committed to achieving your best.

Assessment Methods:

The assessment of the course is all based in Year 11.

Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues – Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes – 40%

Component 2:Problem Solving Geography – Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes – 30%

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry – Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes – 30%

Qualification gained at completion of the course:

WJEC Edugas GCSE (9-1)

Possible Pathways and Careers:

Geography gives us the chance to explore exciting, ever changing subjects from Climate Change to dealing with the worlds expanding population. Geography is more relevant today than it ever has been and is a subject that opens doors to a wealth of careers.

GCSE Geography can almost count towards a further or higher education course.  For many jobs it is a real help if you have taken GCSE Geography.  Combined with other GCSE options, GCSE Geography could lead to jobs like designing buildings, working in the leisure industry, joining the police or armed services, selling and marketing products or working in civil aviation.

Extra Curricular Activities

Booster sessions after school as advertised in classroom.

Useful Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

www.geographyalltheway.com

www.coolgeography.co.uk

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography