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Geography Department

Welcome

The Geography Department has an enthusiastic and committed team of teachers.

The department is dedicated to instilling a love of Geography and to helping all pupils achieve their maximum potential, whatever their stage of education.

A range of resources are used to deliver the content across the key stages. Fieldwork is a fundamental aspect of Geography which we are fully committed to delivering. The pupils have access to fieldwork opportunities at all stages as listed below. In addition we run foreign residential trips biannually and have recently visited Iceland.

 

Year 7-9

KS3

The KS3 Curriculum is diverse and engaging. Students will study both physical and human Geography.  

Students are taught a range of geographical topics and skills in Years 7-9 based on the National curriculum. We take an enquiry approach which helps students to ask questions about the world and engage in their learning. The topics taught are an important foundation for those students who take Geography further to GCSE or A Level. Independent learning is a key priority and all students will be encouraged to develop these key skills through Geography.

Topics studied and content covered include:

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

YEAR 9

Amazing places

Amazing weather

Amazing maps

Amazing Africa

Amazing food 

Changing rivers

Changing planet

Changing ecosystems

Changing fashions

Changing coastline

Challenging holidays

Challenging inequality

Challenging crime

Challenging Earth

Challenging world issues 

 

YEARS 10 & 11

KS4

Course Title: GCSE Geography
Exam Board: EDUQAS Geography B
Qualification: GCSE

About the course

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Geography B aims to enable learners to think ‘like a geographer’. That is to say, learners will develop the skills necessary to conduct framed enquiries in the classroom and in the field in order to develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues.

Students will learn to:

The topics covered include:

How it is assessed?

Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues Written Examination:            1 hour 45 minutes 40% of qualification
Component 2: Problem Solving Geography Written Examination:                       1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification
Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry Written Examination:                           1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

 

A level

 

We follow the EDEXCEL course at KS5. This is a two year course and students will have the opportunity to go on a residential trip during this time.  This will learn important fieldwork skills that will allow them to successfully complete their non-examined assessment independent investigation which is worth 20% of their final grade. In addition, students also complete 3 exams at the end of year 13 each worth, 30%, 30% and 20% of their final grade.

Topics of study:

Year 12

Year 13

1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change

3: Globalisation

4: Regenerating Places

5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity  

6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

7: Superpowers  

8: Global Development and Connections

 

Trips

A variety of day trips are run throughout key stage 3 such as trips to the Forest of Dean to investigate Rivers and Tourism along with many smaller outdoor investigations of the school grounds and local area (e.g. microclimates, crime perceptions). 

At GCSE pupils go on a one day field trip to investigate the impacts of tourism on a honeypot and the impacts on land use and sand dune environments. They spend time at both Brean beach and Western super Mare.

KS5 residential takes place in South Wales. Students conduct a series of fieldwork tasks visiting the following places:

Biannual international fieldwork trips are also offered for those students excited about the study of geography abroad. Last year we visited the amazing geological of Iceland. The next trip is in the planning process but you can bet it’ll be a good one!