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St Alban's Catholic High School

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.

 

Year 7 Help Booklet

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.
Natural Hazards- Earthquakes and Volcanoes. A study in how man is affected by these processes.

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.

 

Year 8 Help Booklet

9

PATHWAYS:-

Climate Change- An introduction into the issues of Climate change and how it affects us on  a local, national and global scale.

Population- A study into the growing population of our World and the difficulties in managing it.

GCSE Course starts (EDUQAS Geography B)- Theme 1:

Changing Places- Changing Economies

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.

 

Pathways Help Booklet

10

GCSE students continue their studies from Year 9 by starting Theme 2 of the EDUQAS Geography B Syllabus and developing their decision making through Component 2 .
Theme 2: Changing Environments

Component 2: Problem Solving in Geography
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

GCSE students continue their studies from Year 10 by starting Theme 3 of the EDUQAS Geography B Syllabus and developing their decision making through Component 3

Theme 3: Environmental Challenges

Component 3- Fieldwork Study Paper

At some point in the course there will be a field trip 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.

 

A Level Help Booklet