Geography

Head of Department: Miss H Ardis

Overview

Geography lessons are based around improving pupils’ knowledge of geographical processes at a local, national and global scale. Lessons also improve students’ geographical and independent study skills. Both teachers in the department are geography specialists and each room is equipped with a projector, and interactive whiteboard with speakers.

Year 7

Year 7 Geography introduces the subject and lays the foundations for students in Geography. Topics studied include: Map Skills, Hazards, People, and Rivers.

Year 8

Year 8 builds on our students’ geographical skills and knowledge of people, places and processes. Topics studied include: Ecosystems, Globalisation, Coasts and Weather.

Year 9

Year 9 students begin their GCSE Geography course with the WJEC Geography B (9-1) syllabus. Students will complete Theme 1 (Changing Places, Changing Economies) which will look at human geography, including UK towns and cities, urbanisation and global cities.

Year 10

Year 10 continue their GCSE course, studying Theme 2 (Changing Environments) and its physical geography content, including rivers, coasts, weather and climate change. Students will continue to build on their Geographical skills and exam technique, and become familiar with Component 2 - Problem Solving Geography.

Year 11

Year 11 students complete their GCSE course focusing on Theme 3 (Environmental Challenges), which includes an in-depth look at global ecosystems. Component 3 (Applied Fieldwork Enquiry) will also be a focus this year, with two days of fieldwork being completed outside of school.

Homework

In year 7 and 8 students will be set one piece of homework every two weeks, in line with School Policy and the homework timetable.

In years 9, 10 and 11 students will be set one piece of homework each week, in line with School Policy and the homework timetable.

Homework tasks may include:

  • Revision for end of unit tests
  • Extended pieces of writing based on examination style questions
  • Geographical research
  • Geographical independent and group projects

 Students who would like extra support can arrange time with their teacher at lunchtime or after school.

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/geography.shtml      

(features a range of information and clips on a variety of KS3 and GCSE topics)

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

(for students studying GCSE Geography)

www.acegeography.com/wjec

(for students studying WJEC Geography B specification for GCSE)

http://www.nationalgeographic.com

(for students who wish to further their knowledge of the topics studied in class)

Further Study

Students who study GCSE Geography can go on to study the subject at A-level and university. The study of Geography provides students with many transferable skills.

Careers

Town planner, tourism officer, meteorologist, environmental consultant, transport planning, market researcher, international aid/development worker, geographical information systems officer, secondary school teacher, planning and development surveyor, journalist and customs officer.