The Geography department consists of one specialist subject teacher and a dedicated Geography classroom. The room boasts one of the best views of the school grounds and surrounding countryside and is perfect for carrying out observational landscape sketches! The Geography room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and visualiser, which is used to present examples of student’s work. We have a wide range of text books including the Waugh collection and the Geog.1, 2 and 3 series, which cater for students of all abilities, plus specialised GSCE textbooks and revision guides. We have a variety of visual stimulus material, Ordnance Survey maps, rock samples and data collection equipment such as anemometers and compasses to use out in the field and to aid learning within more practical lessons. We often make use of the school’s excellent ICT suites for research purposes, production of class work, coursework and for using various software packages to aid the collection and presentation of data. We also use the GIA 3D suite to support learning of various topics such as plate tectonics and tropical rainforests.
The Geography Department aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand the issues facing the modern world.
In lessons at Key Stage 3, students study a wide range of geographical topics to help them learn about the world around us. Some topics are fact based – such as traditional geographical themes including plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes. Other topics are issue based, such as research into child labour in less economically developed countries. Wherever possible, students study relevant recent case studies occurring in different locations around the world to give a real insight of Geography in action. This also helps to develop a sense of empathy and of the importance of their individual role and influence in our society.
Throughout Key Stage 3, students are given opportunities to work both independently and in groups. Students are encouraged to carry out research using books, the internet and other media. Students will have the chance to present their work in written and diagram forms, and also to do practical activities in lessons or be involved in role plays, debates and discussions, allowing students to demonstrate their understanding of geography through the spoken word.
Topics studied cover the physical, human and environmental aspects of Geography, such as; Population, development, settlement, plate tectonics, tropical rainforests, rivers and flooding, climate change and pollution. More recently, topics have been developed on studying the geography of crime, the fashion industry and the geography of sport, which help students to realise that Geography is involved in
This GCSE course will follow AQA Specification A
There are two written examinations, which will both be taken at the end of Year 11, plus one piece of coursework will be submitted.
Physical Geography(Unit 1 / Paper 1 - 37.5 % total)
1. The Coastal Zone
2. The Restless Earth (volcanoes and earthquakes)
3. Water on The Land (rivers and their management)
Human Geography (Unit 2 / Paper 2. 37.5 % total)
1. Population Change
Coursework(Unit 3 - 25 % total)
1. Fieldwork investigation - This will involve a day of fieldwork in a local area and will be based on one of the topics studied in either Year 10 or 11.
2. Controlled assessment - which will be based on the fieldwork investigation.
Students will be entered for one of two tiers:
Foundation (Grades C - G)
Higher (Grades A* - D)
The main focus of Specification A is an understanding of physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes that change over time. This includes the interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments.
Students will learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies.
Controlled assessment will encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives. Students will use varied resources including maps and visual media as well as complex technologies to obtain, present and analyse
Lunch time and after school clinics run for Geography homework support for all year groups and there are coursework and revision clinics available for Key Stage 4 students. Holiday study days are also provided during the Easter break in the run up to the examination period.
Through the various topics studied there are many opportunities to carry out practical fieldwork and visits in Geography. For Key Stage 3 this may involve completing a settlement survey of the local village, a microclimate study of the school grounds or shopping studies of city centres. At Key Stage 4, students have visited Castleton to study tourism in a National Park area and will be carrying out a full day of fieldwork on the Sefton coastline, collecting data which will be used in their coursework.
We always welcome the input of external visitors in Geography lessons, who may have specialisms in different types of employment within Geography or may have experiences and knowledge that will help to enrich and enthuse students. We recently had a visit from the Head of Geography at South Sefton and a group of A level Geography students, to give Year 9’s an insight into what Geography is like after GCSE level. Combined with lessons on careers in Geography, this has helped to broaden student’s perspectives of how Geography can be important in their everyday life.