Welcome to the Geography Department
The Geography department strives to promote, foster and encourage pupils’ interest, knowledge, understanding and participation in the nature and understanding of Geography. The department also places great emphasis on developing students geographical skills.
The department aims to provide an enriching, positive and rewarding experience for all pupils and ensure that they achieve their full potential regardless of gender, culture, class, or ethnic origin; by this, making Geography accessible to all, using differentiation throughout its delivery to all Key Stage’s.
At Key Stage 3 the department and its members will deliver the National Curriculum. For Key Stage 4, the Geography department uses AQA. When the pupils progress into the Sixth Form they undertake a two year GCE in Geography that is examined by Edexcel.
Pupils will be taught the following skills in the above mentioned themes in Key Stage’s 3 and 4:
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4 –taught across 3 years
P. Chodzko-Zajko - Geography Teacher
B. Duggan - Head of Department
James Colley - Oxbridge Coordinator – Key stage 5
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-8)
In year 7 students are introduced to the nature of Geography.
They develop their mapwork skills working on Direction/Compass points, Scale and distance, Grid references and showing height on maps. Students then go on to study settlement and urban morphology. Students undertake an investigation into housing in their area and carry out modelling activities. Activities planned include orienteering trips.
In year 8 students are introduced to the Topic of Development. Students study how other less developed countries differ from the UK. During year 8 students research countries and create oral presentations about them. The second theme of year 8 is Industry. Students continue to work from the KEY GEOGRAPHY texts provided.
Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11)
Students study the AQA syllabus
In year’s 9 to 11 students begin with an overview of the key skills in Geography that are required at GCSE level. They learn about Plate tectonics (Volcanoes and earthquakes), Rivers and coasts. In Human geography students study topics including Tourism, Population and Globalisation.
These topics prepare them for their Fieldtrip, during which they collect data on an aspects of human and physical Geography. The highlight of the course is the fieldtrip to Devon where students collect data for use in the completion of their third exam paper.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
In year’s 12 and 13 study the Edexcel A level syllabus. This includes study of Climate change and Global Hazards as well as issues of Urban and Rural settlement, globalisation and superpowers. The fieldtrip to Devon in Year 12 allows students to gain the skills and understanding needed to carry out investigations in the field. Unlike GCSE there is formal coursework to complete, where students plan and complete a field-study investigation.
In Year 13 the A2 course includes preparation for a synoptic assessment. This is a linear exam where all exams take place at the end of year 13.