Geography

Staffing

Mr G Donnan - Head of Geography: donnang@maghullhigh.com

Mr B Perkins - Teacher of Geography: perkinsb@maghullhigh.com

Geography after-school programme of intervention

Every Friday afternoon 15.20-16.20 

Week commencing

Revision topic

24/02

Changing UK Economy – employment structure & de-industrialisation  

02/03

Changing UK Economy – growing industries, M4 corridor

09/03

Changing UK Economy – North/South divide

16/03

Challenge of Resource Management – global resources/inequality

23/03

Challenge of Resource Management – economic and environmental impacts of UK energy production 

30/03

Tropical storms – case study causes, effects, responses

13/04

Extreme weather UK

 

Intent

Geography is the study of the Earth; the landforms, physical processes and human systems. It helps us to understand the world we live in. Studying Geography is important as it provides us with knowledge of our planet that has helped shape our history and will continue to shape our lives in the future. It is a link with physical and social sciences, helping us to make informed decisions for both our planet and its inhabitants, viewed from different perspectives. Geographers develop their knowledge of places and environments, as well as their understanding of the diversity of different societies and cultures. This helps them to become responsible global citizens who understand how people and environments interact. If you watch or read the news, you will find that the most important issues facing the world are geography-related, so by studying geography we are learning about issues that will actually affect our own lives.

In Geography we seek to set suitable learning challenges and respond to children's diverse learning needs through engagement and stimulation of their curiosity and imaginations. We aim to meet the child’s personal needs by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. Students learn most effectively through a variety of media, including aural, visual and written and that, therefore, the teaching staff employ a broad range of teaching strategies to appeal to the different types of learner.

We encourage children to learn by experience and we value fieldwork as an integral part of the Geography Curriculum, and the “Cultural Capital” that it adds to their lives.

What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?

1.To develop pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding to the maximum of their potential.

2.For pupils to make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality, and the interaction between people and environment.

3.To extend pupils interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the World.

4.To develop knowledge and understanding of the human and physical processes which shape places.

5.To appreciate similarity and difference in the world about them and to respect other people’s beliefs, attitudes and values.

6.To develop the geographical skills and vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geography enquiry.

7.To formulate appropriate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to inform opinions, and critically assess evidence.

8.To develop interest and enjoyment of geographical experiences and build confidence and understanding.

9.To recognise and understand issues concerning the environment and sustainable development.

10.To help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about their own lives and our relationship with other places.

11.To develop socially responsible and informed attitudes.

12.To prepare and equip students with the valuable skills to carry forward into tertiary education or the world of work.

Key Stage 3

The aim of Geography at Key Stage 3 is to inspire pupils to be inquisitive about the world around them and to develop key geographical skills.

To achieve these aims the pupils study a diverse range of topics covering aspects of local, national and global geography. These include Mapping Skills, About the U.K., Rivers, Weather and Climate, Africa , Asia, and  regional studies of The Horn of Africa and South West China, Population, and Conflict.

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 7    Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 8    Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 9    Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2 

Key Stage 4

Students follow the New AQA 9-1 Geography GCSE course. This involves the study of:

Unit 1 Living with the Physical Environment

Physical Landscapes in The U.K. (Coasts), 

The Challenge of Natural Hazards,

The Living World (Hot deserts)

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment

Urban Issues and Challenges

The Changing Economic World

The Challenge of Resource Management (Energy)

Within the study and delivery of these topics the students will develop a range of Geographical and fieldwork skills (Unit 3)

Assessment Students will sit the 3 separate exam papers in the Summer of Year 11 covering these 3 units.

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 10   Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 11   Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

AQA 9-1 Geography GCSE

  Key Stage 4 Support Guidance

 

 

Key Stage 5

Students follow the new AQA Geography A Level. It is a linear course with the two exam papers being sat at the end of Year 13.

This course includes a wide ranging study of Contemporary Physical and Human Geography topics for Paper 1 and Paper 2 respectively. Students will also be required to complete and write up an independent fieldwork investigation (NEA) which accounts for 20% of overall exam mark.

Link to A Level specification

Link to course outline welcome 

Link to student handbook and reading list

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 13 Human Geography

Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 13 Physical Geography

Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

 

Cultural Capital

Geography students are made aware of the skills the subject develops and the career opportunities paths it opens up. Within the curriculum students in KS3 carry out geographical career research to facilitate a geography careers wall display. As a department we continually strive to raise aspiration and emphasize the importance of social mobility. 

Past pupils come back as guest speakers to deliver talks on Geography study at University or their career paths.

Geography fieldtrips allow students to experience different environments and social settings they may otherwise not experience.

Students develop a greater cultural awareness on a local and global scale, and a broad understanding of global systems and interactions. They appreciate the physical and human processes that shape the modern world and how their actions help shape and change the world in which they live. The concept of social responsibility is embedded.

An Equitable Curriculum - Removing Barriers to Learning

Geography  is for all, each individual is encouraged to be the best they can be,  and this is at the core   of all we do as a  department.  A wide range of teaching strategies, using  stimulating  and relevant resources to deliver what is a contemporary  and relevant curriculum throughout KS3 to KS5. A wide variety of VAK  teaching activities are delivered in a bright , informative and welcoming learning environment.  Tasks and activities within lessons are differentiated in line with GSB whole school policy to engage and challenge all regardless of ability.

The department supports independent learning and study skills through flip learning activities and the school firefly platform and student shared drive areas are  populated with an array of study materials.

Regular data analysis from AP assessment points informs focussed intervention to address underperformance as early as possible and narrow achievement gaps. 

KS4 after school intervention sessions run each week throughout the year, with extra holiday exam stretch and challenge sessions offered in Half Term and the Easter holidays.

The department has a strong relationship and works closely with the pastoral and Phoenix support teams, to identify, accommodate and support students requiring additional emotional support and the often associated attendance issues. Pupils learning outside the classroom environment are promptly provided with  hard copies and electronic learning materials.

SEN pupils are supported in lessons by all staff incorporating suggested teaching strategies from pupil pen portraits alongside quality first teaching strategies for all. 

All DP and SEN pupils are identified on teacher seating plans in order to facilitate support and intervention of these pupils in order to narrow the g ap.  DP and SEN pupil books are marked first. The cost of Geography fieldtrips is not allowed to prohibit student participation.  All KS4 DP pupils are provided with free CGP Geography revision guides.

The curriculum is designed to be appealing to both male and female pupils.

For further information regarding the Geography curriculum please contact Mr G Donnan (Head of Geography)    donnang@maghullhigh.com 

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