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Geography

The Geography Department is a vibrant, forward thinking department where the quality of teaching and learning is at the forefront of everything we achieve. Through the use of a varied curriculum, state of the art technology and modern teaching techniques, we strive to give students a better idea of how the world around then functions and their place within it.

The department consists of three full time Geography specialists. We strive to teach interesting, vibrant lessons and ensure we are constantly sharing good practice to bring about enjoyment in lessons, as well as academic progression.  Due to a recent change in the leadership of the department a range of new resources, both technological and textbook based means the subjects studied are current and relevant to students at all Key stages.

As we now start to study GCSE Geography in Year Nine, we see this as an excellent opportunity to have a geographical skills based year, ensuring students have all the tools they need to begin the full GCSE course in Year Ten . This takes in skills such as effective note taking, decision making, fieldwork skills, investigation skills, report writing and examination technique. All of these based within geographical topics should then mean a smoother transition from Key Stage three to four.

In Year Seven we study the following topics;

Autumn TermMy World My Geography / Map Skills
Spring TermWeather And Climate
Summer TermCrime

 

In Year Eight we then move on to the following;

Autumn TermEnvironment and Resources
Spring TermRivers
Summer TermVolcanoes and Earthquakes

 

As stated above Year Nine is a skills based year, centred on the following topics

Autumn TermGlaciation DME? How can we stop glacial retreat?
Spring TermEcosystems – Coral Reefs Oral Presentation
Summer Term

Enviromental Issues-

  • Windfarms and the three gorges dam
  • Globalisation

Decision making exercise based on the previous year examination paper

 

The GCSE itself is split into four Key themes;    

Theme 1 – Rivers and Coasts

Theme 2 – Population and Settlement

Theme 3 – Natural Hazards

Theme 4 – Economic Development

Geography is examined as follows;

  • Fieldwork Focus coursework (25%)
  • Sustainable Decision Making Exercise Examination (25%)
  • Terminal Examination (50%)

 

All themes refer to specific case studies on a local, national and international scale to give a fully rounded and exciting curriculum.

For the first time this year also we are extremely excited to be able to offer AS and A2 level Geography, something we hope will increase in uptake over the coming years, providing a further platform for students to go on to study at degree level at university.  

The units’ students study at AS Geography are;

Unit 1 – Global challenges (The world at risk and Going Global)

Unit 2 – Geographical investigations (This includes a choice of four topics from Extreme weather, Crowded coasts, Unequal spaces and Rebranding places)

At A2 the units we study are;

Unit 3 – Energy Security, Water conflicts, Biodiversity under threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the development gap, The technological fix?

Unit 4 – Tectonic activity and hazards

These are assessed by two examinations at the end of Years 12 and 13 and require coursework investigation skills but no actual coursework need be entered.

We strive as a department and school as a whole wherever possible, to allow students to learn through a range of field trips and outdoor opportunities. Holyhead’s outdoor education co-ordinator and Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator teaches in the department, as does Holyhead’s eco-schools co-ordinator allowing students to learn about food and the environment in an onsite outdoor capacity. We intend to expand the number and variety of these field trips, alongside other opportunities ensuring increased enjoyment and success.

Phil Corbett

Head of Geography