Welcome to the Geography Department: Curriculum Information 2019 - 2020
Head of Geography
Mrs Davey Teacher of Geography
Miss Hopkins Teacher of Geography
Mr Reah Teacher of Geography
Introduction to the Department:
In the Geography Department we aim to give students the skills to explore and participate in their world. We want to challenge students and develop their abilities to investigate and to question the world around them. Our curriculum seeks to inspire and engage students, and to promote a love of learning and ability to enquire and analyse the interactions between people and the Earth. Our vision is that students will grow as independent learners with a geographical toolkit that will ensure they are inquisitive, literate, technologically astute, numeracy confident, and active global citizens.
Supporting geography learning at home:
- Own an atlas and have it accessible in the house. Encourage its use.
- Keep up to date with current affairs by frequently watching the news and discussing events (this can start as Newsround in year 7).
- Get a local OS map – either through an app (a good free choice is “Great Britain Topo maps”), printed out on the computer (click on the OS button on BING for a free one) or a bought one, of your local area – take this out for walks and allow the children to navigate!
- Watch Documentaries on a variety of subjects eg. Planet Earth, Stacey Dooley, Louis Theroux, Simon Reeve, Gordan Buchanan Etc.
- Watch and read Dystopian fiction, compare and contrast to own, and global, experiences. (eg. The world without us, Maze runner, Hunger games, The 100)
- Help with revision by encouraging the creation of revision flash cards, and the frequent testing of these.
- Go on holiday and talk about the impact of that holiday, and what you can see. There are loads of ideas for local, and global, destinations on the internet.
- Don’t just get them fictional books – get some non-fiction in! Start with “horrible Geography” and work your way up to “prisoners of geography – maps that explain the world” – I’ve included a link to a book list for more ideas.
- Have a map on a wall somewhere – just check it is up to date (eg. Has South Sudan on)
Key Stage 3 Information:
In Key Stage 3 we are constantly developing our curriculum to make it dynamic and relevant to the students we teach. We investigate many diverse topics to inspire and engage students with the world at their doorstep and internationally. Students will follow an enquiry-based curriculum that aims to develop a range of skills including map skills, field work, investigative and critical literacy, collaboration, independence and data analysis.
For a detailed breakdown of what we get up to in KS3 please click here.
Key Stage 4 Information:
Students begin GCSE Geography in Year 9.
This GCSE is assessed at the end of the course under the new specification rules, with three terminal papers worth 35%, 35% and 30% respectively. There is no controlled assessment, however, fieldwork will still be conducted, practised and internally assessed via projects in preparation for the final examinations.
For a detailed breakdown of what we get up to in KS4 please click here.
Examination Board used:
We follow the AQA exam specification. This is a balanced GCSE of human & physical Geography. Click here for “Specification at a Glance”
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