Geography

geography map with pin

Mission Statement

Geography is taught discretely in Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 9, students can decide whether or not to continue with the subject and take it at GCSE. The curriculum map at Key stage 3 offers students a range of interesting and engaging topics, which in turn have a direct link to topics covered at GCSE level. This provides continuity between key stage 3 and 4, and makes for a more enriching curriculum. In Geography, learners in Key Stage 3 and Key Stages 4, have visited Dovedale, Carding Mill Valley, Ashes Hollow, The Long Mynd, Snowdonia and Weston-Super-Mare. Geography is also an integral part of the planned ski trip to France in 2014.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students will study the following topics

  • Map Skills
  • Settlement
  • Weather and Climate
  • Population
  • Economic Activities
  • Transport
Year 8 and Year 9 students will study the following topics

  • Rivers
  • Plate tectonics
  • World of sport
  • Climate Change
  • Tourism
  • Rainforests

Key Stage 4

Year 10 students will study the following topics

  • Water
  • Climate Change
  • Living in an active zone
  • Changing populations
  • Globalisation
  • Development
Year 11 students will study

  • Retail and urban change
  • Living things
  • Tourism

Learning Resources

  • David Waugh textbooks (e.g. Foundations, Connections, Interactions, Basics, Extensions)
  • Folens textbooks
  • Horizons textbooks
  • Atlases
  • PowerPoints – all with levelled outcomes to show student progress
  • Worldmapper.org for changing populations
  • Low ability resource books with worksheets
  • Ordnance Survey maps
  • Access to IT rooms

Meet the Staff

  • Mr T. Woolgar – Head of Faculty: World Studies
  • Mr J Carter – Teacher of Geography
  • Mr S Williams – Director of Teaching and Learning / Teacher of Geography

Enrichment Activities

Challenge Days take part once every half term.

Year 7 – Olympics

A range of tasks based around an Olympic theme.
Students look at different track and field events and what the Olympic and World Records are. They compare times for the men’s 100m at different Olympics and even see how fast they can run 100m.

Year 8 – Carousel

• Maths games
• Drawing fractals
• Building towers
• Making 3D shapes from Polydron shapes

Year 10 – Functional Maths

A range of tasks around the costs of buying and running a car. Students work out how expensive it is to buy and run a car. Investigating buying the car, insuring and taxing the car and general petrol costs.

Year 11 – Construction Challenge

A range of construction tasks involving team work:

Students take part in the following challenges

  • building tower from paper
  • building paper tower strong enough to hold the weight of a tennis ball
  • building structure from cane and gutter to run a table tennis ball along

Students regularly take part in SUMDOG online competitions which are set on a monthly basis obtaining certificates for achievement.

The department enters students for the Junior and Intermediate maths challenges set by Leeds University regularly gaining Gold, Silver and Bronze award.

Last updated: April 2016