Mrs L. Hood.
Members of the department
Mr M. Wickham (Director of Studies, Brunel House)
Mrs S. MacDonald (Head of Values and Ethics Department)
Miss D. Williams (Teacher of Geography)
Mrs S. Hall (Teacher of Geography)
Mr C. Flanders (Teacher of Geography)
Miss E. Mavroeidi
Mrs A. Goodwin
About Our Subject
Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. The geography department seeks to stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the world around them. It cultivates a sense of location, a knowledge of places and a respect for differing cultures. It encourages open, enquiring minds that are aware of contemporary issues. The teaching of geography builds on students’ existing knowledge of places, concepts and skills.
A broad curriculum encompasses contemporary topics as well as the more familiar traditional geography topics KS3 is designed to inspire and stimulate students, while allowing them to develop key geographical skills including: mapwork, literacy, numeracy, graphicacy, ICT, independent research, decision making, problem solving and team work.
Important issues such as climate change and sustainability are corner stones of the two year KS3 curriculum, which also includes more traditional topics, such as development, tectonic hazards and urbanisation. Students learn to understand major problems in the world and how people interact with the environment.
Study outside of the classroom is vital and all year 7 students will take part in a unit of work based around Chapter Meadows, While in Y8, students will complete a micro-climate investigation of the school site.
We follow Edexcel specification A This comprises of three themes
- The Physical Environment:
a. The changing landscape of the UK – river and coastal landscapes and processes
b. Weather hazards and climate change – tropical cyclones and drought
c. Ecosystems, biodiversity and management – rainforests and deciduous woodlands
- The Human Environment:
a. Changing cities
b. Global development
c. Resource management – water
- Geographical Investigations: fieldwork and UK challenges
This will involve two field trips – one to a river environment (Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire) and one to an urban environment (Birmingham or Worcester)
ASSESSMENT There are 3 exam papers sat at the end of Y11
Paper 1 – the physical environment, 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 37.5%
Paper 2 – the human environment, 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 37.5%
Paper 3 – fieldwork and UK challenges, 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 25%
We follow the Edexcel specification, which is a mixture of human and physical geography. This includes
- Water and carbon cycles
- Glaciated landscapes and change
- Tectonics processes and hazards
- Regenerating places
- Health human rights and intervention
- A geographical Investigation: fieldwork is essential and will include a residential trip.
Physical Geography: 2 hour 15 minutes written exam, 30% of A-level grade
“Life is like a landscape.you live in the midst of it but can only describe it only from the vantage point of distance” – Charles Lindbergh
This is the integrated study of earth surface processes, landforms and the resultant landscapes. An understanding of earth surface processes, together with their associated transfers of energy and movements of materials underpins the landscape system topic.
Human Geography 2 hour 15 minutes written exam, 30% of A-level grade
“Our lack of thinking about place and space risks turning challenges into crises” – Royal Town Planning Institute UK The world around us is shaped by humans; a variety of examples and case studies will be used to explore a range of contrasting places.
Skills and synoticity 2 hours 15 minutes written exam, 20% of A-level grade
This is an assessment of geographical skills and synaptic understanding.
Independent Investigation All students must undertake 4 days of fieldwork; from this an independent study is completed, based on a question or issue that is of particular interest to the student. This will involve a residential fieldtrip, usually in the summer term.