Geography

Welcome

Welcome to the Geography page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Curriculum Intent

The aim of the Geography department is to develop their awareness of the world around them and inspire pupils to make a difference. As a department we seek to equip our pupils with the necessary skills and tools to help them make sense of the world around them.

  • To develop the skills pupils need to help understand the world around them.
  • To develop an appreciation that Geography happens at a variety of scales – local, national and global.
  • To develop the pupils appreciation that they are part of an ever-increasing interconnected world and what their role could be.


Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

  • Local geography project – Looking at the Physical and Human Geography of Grimsby and redesigning Freeman Street.
  • What is Britishness?
  • Around the world – A unit looking at each continent in turn, studying some of the key geographical features.
  • South Pacific – A focus on sustainability within the South Pacific islands and surrounding areas.
  • Survival – Looking at physical survival to hazards as well as human survival to issues such as overpopulation.
  • Prisoners of Geography – A focus on China and Haiti and the issues they face due to their physical and human geography.
  • Middle East – A focus on the Middle East, drawing together a lot of the key themes they have studied throughout KS3, such as conflict, uneven development and sustainability. 
  • What is Geography? – An introduction to the different types of Geography, why it is important to study the subject and a focus on some of the main map skills needed.

Year 7s will also have a lesson on ‘Global dimensions’ once a week which will help them gain a better understanding of global events and how Geography affects day to day life. Examples of lessons covered include; World food day, World wildlife day, Maritime day and Disaster reduction day.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme 

There will be a much greater focus on geographical skills. Key skill activities will be   integrated into lessons and homework tasks.

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 7 and Year 8 are assessed internally based on numerical levels from 4-7. This usually takes the form of an end of unit test. Assessment will focus on knowledge deployment and skills.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The current Year 9 will follow the AQA GCSE course studying Human, Physical and Geographical skills.

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 study AQA A GCSE Geography.

The GCSE course builds upon the themes, ideas and skills developed at Key Stage 3.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

To help bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4, we have included an introduction topic for Year 9 based on the Hans Rosling book ‘Factfulness’, which looks at questioning the world we live in, misconceptions and creating a better understanding.

Focus on geographical skills which are integrated into all lessons. Lessons designed to link topics together to help them recall and recover information. Where necessary small revision groups may be put in place with specialist teachers.

Key Stage 4: 2020 – Changes to content 

Changes are yet to be confirmed by OFQUAL but the need for pupils to physically attend a fieldwork trip has been removed and consequent questions based on this have gone.

How will our pupils be assessed?

The current Year 11 pupils will be examined by three examination papers and no coursework. There may be some changes to the exams next year but these have not been finalised by the examination board yet.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?


2020
2019
4+ “standard” pass
85%
56%
5+ “strong” pass
66%
72%

What can it lead to?

Geography is useful in all occupations, is part of the English Baccalaureate and can help with college and apprenticeship applications. Occupations where Geographical skills are important are:

  • Conservation Worker
  • Weather Forecaster
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Surveyor
  • Armed Forces
  • Travel & Tourism

Accommodation & Resources

Geography forms part of the Humanities Faculty. The faculty occupies eight rooms and we have recently moved into a brand new state of the art building. Each room is fitted with an interactive touchscreen, access to the internet and the facility to play DVDs. The faculty is well resourced with a range of textbooks and DVDs. We also have use of a suite of laptop computers.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in Geography and it is a popular subject in the school. The topics studied encourage the pupils to take an active role in their learning. By the end of KS4 pupils have a deeper understanding of the world around them and how they are connected to the world around them.