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Geography

"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 L Radcliffe (Deputy Director of Learning and Geography Subject Leader).  Along with Mr Radcliffe, 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.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per fortnight.  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.  The topics studied at KS3 are the building blocks of those studied in KS4, with some GCSE topics being studied in detail in Year 9.

Click here to see the KS3 long term curriculum plan.

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:

The topics for Paper 1 are studied in Year 10 while the topics for Paper 2 are studied in Year 11.

The Physical Environment fieldwork trip is completed in Year 10 and the Human Environment fieldwork trip in Year 11; Paper 3 examines what the students learn on these trips, it is therefore essential that students attend them. They are an opportunity to experience Geography in the real world and can be fun!

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.

Click here to see the KS4 long term curriculum plan.

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.

Revision and useful Links

Click here to access a variety of video clip links that may aid classroom learning revision.

Other useful links

GCSEpod  

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Enrichment

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 – Holderness coast (Physical environment)
Year 11 – 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!