Staffing and Roles:
|Mrs Knab||Head of EBacc Humanities|
|Mrs MacAulay||Assistant Headteacher|
|Mrs Nottingham||Geography Teacher|
The Geography department is passionate about the world and its people. Our aim is to inspire students to become every-day Geographers who have a fascination about the world.
We want our students to not just enjoy learning about Geography in the classroom, but to have a curiosity that motivates them to investigate it in their daily lives.
At Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) students study a range of topics to develop an understanding and awareness of diverse places around the world and develop an understanding about the Earth’s human and physical processes at work. We aim to get our students outside as much as possible - this is either by collecting field work data on site or on day trips out.
|Year||Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|7||Deserts||Tectonic Hazards (volcanoes)||Glaciation with maps skills||Rivers with map skills (Infiltration Enquiry)||Population (Whitchurch Fieldwork)||International Development|
|8||Tropical Rainforests||Coasts with map skills||Tectonic Hazards (earthquakes)||Weather Hazards (Micro-climate fieldwork)||Climate Change||
Key Stage 3 Reading List
We teach the AQA GCSE syllabus over three years (year 9-11), during this time we prepare our students for the following exams:
|Paper||Paper 1: Living with the physical environment||Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment||Paper 3: Geographical Applications|
|% of the GCSE||35%||35%||30%|
Key Stage 4 Reading List
Ross, R., Rowles N., Holmes D. and Digby B. GCSE Geography AQA. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
CPG. GCSE AQA Geography For the Grade 9-1 Course. The Revision Guide.
Trip to Sorrento, Italy
A group of year 11 geographers visited Sorrento during October half term 2017. During our visit we had an exciting walk up Vesuvius in the fog, saw the effects of the 79 AD eruption by visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum and travelled along the Amalfi coast looking at the beautiful scenery and coastal features. The students also learnt how to make pizzas and got to taste their creations!
During year 9, 10 and 11 students will go on two compulsory field trips to collect data for their paper 3 exam. Last year, year 10 went to Southampton for their human fieldwork and Hengistbury Head for their physical fieldwork.
We hope to offer more local trips in the coming years for key stage 3.
Quotes from students:
“I really like Geography because it gives you an excellent understanding of the world we live in and provides many useful skills that we will need in life. I also find it very interesting as it covers many topics across the whole curriculum as well.”
“I took Geography as I have an interest in the world around me. I enjoyed learning about the diverse topics in year 7 and 8 and I wanted to carry on learning about these and more. I also thought the knowledge I would gain would be helpful for the future!”