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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. The department comprises of 3 dedicated teaching rooms. All three classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and all have projectors. 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 aim to run foreign residential trips and are in the process of organising our next one to Iceland.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 Curriculum is diverse and engaging. Students will study around seven topics per year comprising of both physical and human Geography. Assessment in Geography takes many forms with students being supported in learning how to use self-reflection, peer assessment, progress monitoring and target setting. These methods are used in addition to formal teacher assessment and students are encouraged to celebrate their success and consider targets for improvement. Independent learning is a key priority and all students will be encouraged to develop these key skills through Geography. Year 9 have previously had the pleasure of visiting a living rainforest where they got friendly with some creepy crawlies close up!


Key Stage 3 Programme of Study

TERM

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

YEAR 9

TERM 1

·     Geography Starts Here

·     Atlases

·     Rivers

·     Fieldtrip to FoD

·     Volcanoes and Earthquakes

HALFTERM

 

 

 

TERM 2

 

·     Maps

·     Rivers

·     Future Floods

 

·     Volcanoes and Earthquakes

XMAS

 

 

 

TERM 3

 

·     British or European

·     Future Floods

 

·     Into Africa

HALF TERM

 

 

 

TERM 4

 

·     British or European

 

·     Ecosystems

·     The Rise and Rise of China

EASTER

 

 

 

TERM 5

 

·     Settlement

·     Changing My World

 

·     Water Works

HALF TERM

 

 

 

TERM 6

 

·     Moving Stories (Population)

 

·     Revisit Mapskills

·     Weather

GCSE

Geography is a subject enjoyed within the Lower School and as a result many Year 9 pupils opt for the GCSE Geography course. Years 10 and 11 study the AQA 'A' GCSE Geography syllabus. The modules encompass many aspects of physical and human Geography such as: The Restless Earth, Water on the Land, the Coastal Zone, Tourism, Changing Urban Environments and Population. Our GCSE results in 2015 were outstanding. 77% of pupils achieved A*-C grades and almost one in four students achieving an A* or A grade. This success has naturally led to a good uptake at A-level.


Key Stage 4 Geography Program of Study

TERM

YEAR 10

YEAR 11

AUTUMN 1

Mapwork, Rivers

Controlled Ass./ Tectonics

HALF TERM

 

 

AUTUMN 2

Rivers, Coasts

Tectonics

XMAS

 

 

SPRING 1

Coasts

Settlement

HALF TERM

 

 

SPRING 2

Tourism

Population

EASTER

 

 

SUMMER 1

Tourism

Revision

HALF TERM

 

 

SUMMER 2

Controlled Assessment

Exams

A level

We follow the AQA course at KS5. At AS level students cover topics including Rivers, Floods and Management, the Coastal Zone, Population Change and Energy Issues. Students go on in Year 13 at A2 level to study World Cities, Weather and Climate and Plate Tectonics and associated hazards. In Year 12 pupils also take part in a 5 day residential trip to Devon to prepare them for the two exams. During this time we study topics such as Rivers on Dartmoor, Coastal Processes in Start Bay and Urban Issues in Plymouth.

Trips

A variety of day trips are run throughout key stage three such as trips to the Forest of Dean to investigate Rivers and Tourism along with many smaller outdoor studies in lessons of the school and local area such as a microclimate survey.

At GCSE pupils go on a day visit to Weston-Super –Mare to investigate the impacts of tourism on the seaside town in preparation for their controlled assessment.

In Year 12 we run a residential trip to Devon to develop fieldwork skills and better understand River, Coastal and Urban Environments. In Year 13 we investigate shopping patterns and land use changes across the city of Bristol.