Head of Department: Mr P Wagstaff
We aim to develop our students to have an interest in the world around us an appreciation of the natural environment and to take some responsibility for our geographical futures including the sustainability of the planet they are to inherit.
Pupils at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) will study a variety of topics that include physical, human and environmental geography. The geography department prides itself on the wide variety of teaching and learning styles that will engage all students. The key topics studied include:
- Our Place- My Space
- Gangsters Paradise? Crime in the community
- Seaside Sensations
- Jambo Africa
- Summer Holiday
- The Geography of My Stuff
- The Italian Job
- Blame it on the Weatherman
- Risky World
- If You Go down in the Woods
- The Geography of Sport
- Natural Wonders
Each unit of work has a teacher assessed Learning Landmark where pupils will be awarded a National Curriculum Level and given targets on how to improve their level in order to reach their personal target. Mark schemes are shared with pupils and work is modelled to enable all students to achieve their best.
Pupils at KS 3 are given a variety of project-based work over a number of weeks that enhances the main theme being taught and encourages creativity and independence. Work has included “My Favourite place in a box”; Plan, Prepare, Protect against earthquakes; creature feature; Crime prevention in our community. Pupils are given the freedom to present their work in a wide variety of formats from role play, to movie making and modelling to posters and leaflets.
Pupils are given the opportunity in Year 8 to opt for Geography, and they complete a foundation course for GCSE studying a variety of themes and practicing the skills that will be needed at GCSE. Topics include:
- The Geography of Conflict
- Enter the Dragon – the Rise and Rise of China
- Issues in Geography – the geography of disease, human trafficking, the energy crisis
- The Geographical Investigation
GCSE Geography begins in the Summer Term of Year 9.
Assessment is through a variety of means – including Learning Landmarks similar to those in Year 7 and 8 and a move toward GCSE tasks marked using the exam board criteria.
Homework develops again from the project based Key Stage 3 Home Studies to weekly set homework often involving independent research and analysis.
GCSE REVISION GUIDE
Theme two - Population and Settlement
Southampton Case Study
One Child Policy
Kibera Case Study
Mexico to USA
Urban Change in Southampton
Theme three - Natural Hazard
Drought in Somalia
Theme Four - Economic Development
Koh Phi Phi
Pearl River Delta
Water Aid in Tanzania
Water Aid Part Two