Geography

Teaching Staff

Head of Geography
Ms F Urquhart

Subject Staff Ms R Boylan
Ms K Reid
Mr D Williams

Faculty Aims and Objectives

The Geography Department aims to equip all pupils with a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to help them make sense of our complex and changing world. The study of Geography explains how places and landscapes are formed and how people and environments interact. In Geography, we investigate the physical and human environment using a range of techniques and teaching strategies including enquiry, decision-making, active-learning approaches and fieldwork opportunities.


Facilities

The faculty has four classrooms, one of which is an ICT suite. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. The Faculty are developing interest in e-learning through the use of ICT.


Key Stage 3 Overview

Students study a variety of topics including:

  • Weather and Climate
  • Ecosystems
  • Tectonics
  • Rivers
  • Population
  • Developing World
  • Map Skills



Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE Geography is an exciting course specifically written to be relevant to students in the 21st century. The course follows an enquiry-based approach, application of their knowledge as well as investigating fascinating physical phenomena including Natural Hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes, tropical storms) and Living World (tropical rainforests) and Physical Landscapes of the UK, together with human geography issues such as Urban Issues and Challenges, the Changing Economic World, and Resource Management.

During the course, students will develop a number of skills including problem solving, communication skills, decision-making, using ICT, and gain an awareness of career possibilities connected with Geography. Classroom-based work will be supplemented by fieldwork in the Merseyside area. GCSE Geography will provide a sound foundation for those candidates who intend to continue to study the subject at a higher level, whilst giving a clear overall view of the world in the first part of the 21st century to those for whom GCSE will be the end of their formal study of Geography. The course also provides evidence of transferable skills for many types of employment.

The course is divided as follows:

Unit 1: Physical Geography – The Challenge of Natural Hazards, the Living World, Physical Landscapes in the UK. Unit 2: Human Geography – Urban Issues and Challenges, the Changing Economic World and the Challenge of Resource Management. Unit 3: Geographical applications – Issue Evaluation and Fieldwork

Local fieldwork investigation: This includes two days of field trip in and around Merseyside area, which will be the basis for paper 3. These days involved both physical and human based fieldwork.

How it will be assessed:

Units 1 & 2: There are two 1 hour 30 minute examinations, externally marked and comprising 70% (35% for each paper) of the total mark.

Unit 3:. Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes 30% of GCSE


Extra-Curricular Activities

Geography Scholars Programme 

GCSE Geography master classes


Future Careers

Geography is relevant to careers in media, tourism, local government, teaching, the armed forces, planning...the list is endless!


Useful Websites

The following websites are useful to all pupils studying geography. You can either have a general look through them or use them when you have been set a specific piece of work by your teacher. 

www.geography.org.uk/

www.rgs.org/

www.geographyaltheway.com

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world...

www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/

www.gatm.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

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

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/education/teens

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/kidsweb/

www.mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

www.zoopla.co.uk/

http://geography-site.co.uk/pages/links.html

http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/