Who are we?
Miss N Ryan - Head of Department
Mr C Gellatly - Teacher of Geography
Miss L Williams - Teacher of Geography
Mr N Bell - Teacher of Geography
Mr A Mecrow - Teacher of Geography
What we do in KS3:
In Year 7 students build up their awareness of the world they live in. We look at the UK, Europe and then do a snap shot of the world's seven continents. Students work on map skills and place analysis skills. We then look at different environments in the world, such as the rainforests and deserts. The students finish the year looking at weather and climate in different places.
In Year 8 the students build up their skills in analysis of causes and impacts. They study the topics of: plate tectonics, settlement and population, extreme weather, coasts, climate change and tourism. These topics allow the students to progress to the GCSE course with prior knowledge of some of the key GCSE topics.
What we do in KS4:
All students in year 9 and 10 study the WJEC GCSE Geography course and do topics involved in this qualification.
In year 11 students complete the following three units:
Unit 1- Exam 30%- Challenges and interactions in Geography
Looking at a range of themes including settlements, population dynamics, ecosystems, rivers and coasts.
Unit 2- Exam 45%- Development and problem solving Geography
Looking at the themes of globalisation and development. Students use a range of skills to problem solve situations.
Unit 3- Coursework 25%- Field work enquiry
A report based on field work data collection.
At KS4 students get the chance to partake in two contrasting fieldwork opportunities in Kent or around the South East of England.
What we do in KS5:
All students study the WJEC A-Level course. This consists of four units all exam based. They involve researching and analysing issues associated with topics of global hazards, climate change, globalisation, population dynamics, energy and water issues, global superpowers, resource issues and sustainable futures. At KS5 students get the chance to go on Fieldwork to Iceland.
In line with the Academy's reporting schedule and criteria, students complete a range of assessments, from past exam paper questions, to extended writing and group projects.
Skills are gained for the future:
A variety skills including: persuasive writing, analytical skills, evaluating, critical thinking, developing a reasoned conclusion, research skills, teamwork and fieldwork skills.
How to find out more information:
Contact Miss Ryan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the school office. Students can find more on the Academy's VLE pages or Blended Learning sites.