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Geography

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. The study of Geography helps students to understand our dynamically changing world and to prepare them to become responsible global citizens. Students in the Geography department are encouraged to develop a sense of wonder about places. Geography explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment interact and the links between societies and economies. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, for the present and future. Geography inspires students to think about their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Our Geography department aims to inspire and captivate our students, to know their place in the world and allow then to better understand the impacts that they have on our planet. Teaching in the department is robust and dynamic, supporting and challenging students to engage with higher level thinking about the topics that we cover.

 

The department is housed on the third floor of the new College, in the Humanities and MFL wing.

Facilities within the Geography Department:-

4 Humanities teaching rooms including 1 double room, all with interactive whiteboards.

The availability of 30 laptops within the department.

Mrs A Mangan (Head of Department)

 

Mr R McCluskey

Mrs K Athawes

Ms W Deans

Mrs C Evans

Year 7

Autumn

Spring

Summer

The physical and human feature of the UK

Rivers

Place study:- The Horn of Africa

100 minutes per fortnight  

Year 8

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Tectonic and climatic hazards

Ecosystems

Place study:- The Middle East

100 minutes per fortnight 

Year 9

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Economic Development

Place study:- Antarctica

Coasts

100 minutes per fortnight 

Year 10 NEW GSCE Geography- OCR b Geography for Enquiring Minds

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Global Hazards

 

Distinctive Landscapes

Sustaining Ecosystems

Changing Climates

 

Year 11 GSCE NEW Geography- OCR b Geography for Enquiring Minds

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Urban Futures

The UK in the 21st Century

Revision

Dynamic Development

Resource Reliance

Revision

 

Year 11 GSCE CURRENT Geography- OCR b

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Tectonic Hazards

Population

Revision

Climatic Hazards

Settlement

Revision

 

 

 

Spiritual Development

As part of our Geography course we encourage spiritual development through engaging students with the processes and issues that we study within the subject. We encourage geographers to be curious about the world in which we live and inspire a sense of enquiry, not only for how our world has been shaped in the past, but how it will change in the future. Pupils are taught about how the actions of individuals on a local scale and have a huge impact on a global scale. GCSE students focus on these actions with examples such as aid in drought stricken regions of Africa and the influence of global climate change on the balance of our planet.

GSCE students engage in fieldwork activities as part of their course and trips to Carding Mill Valley highlight how processes have shaped our landscape over time and future trips to Birmingham look at how diversity and globalisation has influenced our day to day lives.

Moral Development

Moral questions in Geography help to form a key part of geographical issues that are studied within the course. We look at how our world has changed over time and look to assess if wealth is distributed fairly and evenly, considering the reasoning as to why this is not always the case. Understanding the consequences of our actions is extremely important in Geography. Global warming is an issue we are being forced to recognise as a major issue with our changing atmosphere and its influence on extreme weather globally. GCSE geographers study the reasons as to how humans have contributed to the issues and problems surrounding global warming. We study the human impacts and causes of this, and look at how the repercussions of this may impact the future. Key stage 3 geographers discuss deforestation and mining in Brazil and how this has an impact on our planets resources, whilst Year 9 geographers discuss how Antarctica may be affected by this and other issues.