"If Geography itself has any significance it is that we are made to lift our eyes from our small provincial selves to the whole complex and magnificent world." Reportedly Richard Burton (1821-1890), British explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat.
The Geography department makes up part of the Humanities Faculty, which is led by Miss E Williams (Director of Learning) and is supported by Mr A Reed (Deputy Director of Learning and Geography Subject Leader). Along with Mr Reed, there are three other dedicated and enthusiastic specialist Geography teachers. Assisting the teachers are two Faculty Educational Teaching Assistants.
Geography is all about both the physical and human world around us and by its nature is constantly changing. The Geography team work together to create and follow detailed schemes of work in order to provide up-to-date and interesting lessons that deliver the curriculum in an engaging way that is relevant to the lives of our students.
For revision materials please see the bottom of this page.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight. All year groups receive homework once over the two week timetable, as is the policy at Whitcliffe. Students are taught in mixed ability groups throughout Key Stage 3 (KS3). Progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will receive six formal assessments a year.
Being able to revise is a skill that helps students achieve more in exams so the sooner students can practice, the better, ideally starting in Year 7. There are a number of revision resources at the bottom of this page that link to the GCSE but may be used by any student as they wish. To help students get going with their revision, they could look at these 20 Geography revision ideas.
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 & 11 receive five 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year GCSE course is taken with the AQA examination board. There are 3 exams:
- Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
- Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
- Paper 3: Geographical applications
The full specification, which details all the topics that are to be taught and how they are assessed can be found here. For a brief overview of what is on each of the three exam papers, please click here.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations. Exam questions will contain 'command words' that indicate how they should be answered, e.g. 'describe' or 'explain'. For a full list of command words and what they mean, click here.
Revision and catch-up sessions
After school, 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Each Tuesday and Thursday students are welcome to come to room 104 to revise or catch-up work they have missed. Teachers may also direct students to come for either 30 or 60 minutes to these sessions if they have classwork or homework to complete.
Year 11 Achieve sessions
Year 11 students are all invited to attend Achieve sessions that are designed to help with their GCSE revision and each session covers a specific topic, though students are welcome to come and revise whatever they need to. Please click here to see the timetable. The sessions are in room 104 from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm.
A variety of field trips take place that are linked to the curriculum and are designed to enhance students' learning and appreciation of the geography around them.
Year 7 – Local housing study
Year 8 – Malham, Yorkshire Dales
Year 9 – Bolton Abbey and tourism
Year 10 – Field work trip to the Holderness coast (Physical environment)
Year 11 – Field work trip to Halifax (Human environment)
The field trips in Years 10 and 11 are essential components of Paper 3 as this exam will directly refer to the work students complete on the day and in follow-up lessons.
GCSE students also have the opportunity to go to Iceland on a residential field trip. The photos below are from the latest trip and show three of the teachers and one of the whole group enjoying the glacier walk!
Revision and useful Links
Click here to access a variety of video clip links that may aid classroom learning revision.
GCSE Revision guides
The revision guides below cover all the topics for each paper:
Topic revision guides - more may be added as they become available:
These single page documents summarise each topic on to a few pages:
Geography fieldwork and skills
Other useful links
KS3 Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg
GCSE Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/
Geographical Association http://www.geography.org.uk/
Royal Geographical Society http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm
The Guardian newspaper http://www.theguardian.com/environment