Geography

 

General Information

The Geography Department aims to enable all students to gain an understanding of some of the complex elements of the world they live in. The physical side of the subject encourages students to investigate how the natural systems of the planet function and how human behaviour can have beneficial or damaging impacts upon them. Issues such as the potential impacts of Climate Change are tackled along with the practical challenges of rising sea levels and changing natural habitats. On the human side of the subject topics include contemporary topics such as migration, globalisation and urbanisation and how the benefits brought to one section of global society may well be at the expense of quality of life for others. Throughout, students are encouraged to become steadily more independent in their learning as they explore and establish their own responses to the some of the many challenges facing them as they address their futures.

 

Staffing

Staff Member

Role

 Mr C. Stubbs

 Subject Leader of Geography

 Miss A. Nixey

 Geography Teacher

 

Key Stage 3

All students follow the KS3 course in Years 7 and 8, receiving just less than 150 hours’ tuition over two years. 

Year 7

Year 8

Planet Progress

Hurricane Havoc

A Thirsty Planet

Impossible Places

Business Boom

Our Restless Earth

Beautiful Brazil

Megacities

Extreme Environments

Yorkshire’s Seaside

Volcanoes

Paradise Lost

 

Key Stage 4

The AQA Geography course is a new and exciting approach to Geography. It combines traditional Geographical skills and knowledge with the opportunity for students to draw upon their own experiences and use current topical Geography throughout their course. This course has been chosen due to the wide range of up to date, engaging and varied topics. All topics are underpinned by key Geographical Skills. Topics include:

Paper 1 - Physical geography- “Living with the physical environment”

  • Unit A: Challenges of natural hazards (Earthquakes, tropical storms, Climate Change).
  • Unit B: Physical landscapes in the UK (Rivers, Coasts,).
  • Unit C: The living world (Ecosystems, Rainforests, Cold Environments, Sustainability).

Paper 2 - Human Geography- “Challenges in the human environment”

  • Unit A: Urban issues and challenges (Urban growth in contrasting places).
  • Unit B: The changing economic world (Wealth and development differences).
  • Unit C: Issues of resource management (Supplies of water, food and energy).

Paper 3 - Geographical skills- “Geographical applications in issues and fieldwork”

  • Unit A: Issue evaluation (A pre-release booklet is studied in the lead-up to the exam).
  • Unit B: Fieldwork (Completion of two pieces of fieldwork in different places).
  • Unit C: Geographical skills (All exams will use data from maps, graphs and photos)

Examinations – All students will sit the same exam papers. Details for each paper:

  • Paper 1 - Physical geography– 35% (1hour 30mins): Written exam with some choice of questions.
  • Paper 2 à Human Geography – 35% (1Hour 30mins): Written exam with some choice of questions.
  • Paper 3 - Geographical skills – 30% (1 hour): Written exam using a range of resource materials. Fieldwork activities and findings will be assessed as part of this exam

The most up to date information can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

 

Facilities

All teaching rooms have interactive whiteboards and media projection facilities.  The department is keen to make use of modern technologies and is looking to develop greater use of GIS. There is a substantial range of published texts with Geog.123 being used in KS3 and syllabus specific texts being the basis for GCSE. These are supported by a wide range of electronic resources including many we have uploaded to our VLE.

 

Fieldwork Opportunities

In Key Stage 3 Geographical investigations take place in the school grounds and the surrounding city centre. In Key Stage 4 students visit two contrasting locations, one physical (the Holderness Coast) and one Human (Kingston upon Hull). These visits will form the basis of the coursework required for paper 3.