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St Alban's Catholic High School

Geography

Department Aims

The geography department seeks to develop knowledge and understanding of the Earth and its people, to be aware of the world around us and through this to increase their tolerance and empathy towards others. This approach helps to prepare students to be active citizens in a changing world.

students are taught using a variety of teaching techniques which allows all to achieve to the best of their ability. These include techniques utilise visual, listening, kinaesthetic and oral skills. In our department every person’s opinion counts and is valued, the student voice is encouraged and listened to.

SAILwork is set regularly and students are expected to complete these on time. A variety of work is set including research, projects, questions and answers and preparation for presentations. students are encouraged to use SAILwork as a way of utilising their individual skills and preferences.

Year

Curriculum Guides

7

Introducing Geography - What is Geography and what do students already know?
Map skills: Reading and understanding ordnance survey maps (grid references, measuring distance, directions and understanding symbols)
Settlements - Where do people choose to live and why?
The Environment - How and why do we need to look after the environment?
This topic includes a fieldtrip to Flatford and Dedham.
There are a variety of teaching and learning methods used within Geography: We use resources such as textbooks, DVD, You tube, newspaper articles, films etc. as stimulus. Students work in groups and individually depending on the task. Students are encouraged to ask questions and debate. They also develop problem solving skills and presentation skills.

8

Weather and Climate: What is weather and climate? How are we affected?
Ecosystems (focussing on the Rainforest). What makes up different ecosystems? How are rainforests used and managed?
Brazil – The people, landscape and culture of Brazil.
Coasts – What processes shape our coast? How is the coast used and managed?
This topic includes a fieldtrip to Walton-on-the-Naze.
There are a variety of teaching and learning methods used within Geography: We use resources such as textbooks, DVD, YouTube, newspaper articles, films etc. as stimulus. Students work in groups and individually depending on the task. Students are encouraged to ask questions and debate. They also develop problem solving skills and presentation skills.

9

Development - How and why are different parts of the world developing?
Plate tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes. A study in to how man is affected by these processes.
India – The people, landscape and culture.
Planning an environmentally friendly music festival.
There are a variety of teaching and learning methods used within Geography: We use resources such as textbooks, DVD, YouTube, newspaper articles, films etc. as stimulus. Students work in groups and individually depending on the task. Students are encouraged to ask questions and debate. They also develop problem solving skills and presentation skills.

10

During this first year of GCSE students complete Themes 1 and 2 of the WJEC syllabus.

Theme 1: Changing Places - Changing Economies
Theme 2: Changing Environments

There are a variety of teaching and learning methods used within Geography: We use resources such as textbooks, DVD, YouTube, newspaper articles, films etc. as stimulus. Students work in groups and individually depending on the task. Students are encouraged to ask questions and debate. They also develop problem solving skills and presentation skills.

11

Theme 3: Environmental Challenges

Problem solving will also be taught throughout the course but there will be a focus on this during year 11.

At some point in the course there will be a fieldtrip when students will practice some of the skills taught in class and collect data. They will then write this up as a project in order for them to fully understand the requirements of fieldwork.

12 & 13

Students follow the AQA A level course.

The topics to be covered include:
Coastal systems and landscapes
Contemporary urban environments
Changing places

Water and carbon cycles
Global systems and governance
Hazards or ecosystems under stress or Cold environments


Students also have to complete 4 days of fieldwork and a 3,000 – 4,000 word investigation.

 

Students learn through lectures, discussion, student centred research and presentations are an important part of the teaching and learning. Students research key case studies and present their research to the class. We use clips from TV, film etc. where relevant and other stimulus materials e.g. news reports. Students are encouraged to find up to date materials relevant to the topics being studied.