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, whether within the school grounds or further afield. The pupils have access to fieldwork opportunities at all stages as listed below. In addition we run foreign residential trips biannually; this summer students from Years 9-13 enjoyed a fantastic expedition to China!
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.
Qualification: GCSE Geography
Exam Board: EDUQAS Geography B
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:
• develop the ability to think creatively, for example, by posing questions that relate to geographical process and concepts that include questioning about spatial pattern and geographical change
• develop the ability to think scientifically by collecting and recording appropriate evidence from a range of sources, including fieldwork, before critically assessing the validity of this evidence and synthesising their findings to reach evidenced conclusions that relate to the initial aim of their enquiry
• develop the ability to think independently by applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts. In so doing they should appreciate that geography can be ‘messy’ i.e. that real geography does not always match typical or predicted outcomes.
The topics covered include:
• Urbanisation in contrasting global cities
• Urban and rural processes and change in the UK
• A global perspective on development issues
• Shaping the landscape- coasts and coastal management
• Shaping the landscape- rivers and river management
• Climate change- cause and effect
• How ecosystems function
• Ecosystems under threat
• Water resources and management
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)
We follow the Edexcel specification for our A Level Geography course. 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
4: Regenerating Places 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
8: Global Development and Connections
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 various geographical issues, as outlined by the exam board. In previous years we have collected fieldwork data in Brean (Berrow Sand Dunes), Western super Mare and central Bristol.
There is a Year 12 residential fieldtrip that takes place in South Wales. Students conduct a series of fieldwork tasks in the local area (e.g. Cardiff Bay, coastal processes in the Gower) and this helps to inspire and inform students about their own ideas for their Geography A Level coursework.
Biannual international fieldwork trips are also offered for those students excited about the study of geography abroad. In 2017 we visited the incredible landscapes of Iceland and most recently students from Years 9-13 have returned from an amazing exploration of urban China. The next expedition promises to be as just as exciting!
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html (A Level)