Miss. R. Coote – Head of Department
Mr. D. Marsh – Teacher of Geography
Mr. A. Hynes – Teacher of Geography
Geography is the study of the amazing world that we live in. We aim to enable students to form an appreciation and understanding of planet earth. Geography is the study of both the physical and built environment around us, and how we interact with our environment. Through the study of Geography, we also aim to develop students’ skills that will be used throughout their lives. Thinking skills are of upmost importance, including decision making and justification.
The department aims to encourage students to use their geographical skills and knowledge to enhance their appreciation of the natural world that we live in. The wide variety of schemes of work and units studied ensures that students cover all aspects of physical, human and environmental Geography.
Year 7 and 8 and 3 lessons per fortnight, Year 9 have 4 lessons per fortnight and Key Stage 4 have 5 lessons per fortnight
The department has a wide variety of resources to ensure that lessons are interesting and motivational. The department takes great care to cater for all different learning styles and also students who may have special needs or are gifted and talented at Geography. All teaching rooms are well equipped with interactive whiteboards. There is a wide range of maps, textbooks, educational DVDs and many self-made resources. There is also access to computers and laptops to enrich students’ learning.
The department offers a range of enrichment opportunities for students. Field work is an important part of the curriculum. Fieldwork trips include a Year Eight trip to Chester Zoo to study endangered species, a Year Nine trip to New Brighton and a Year Ten trip to Formby/Southport to collect primary data. The aim is for students to see real examples of what they have been studying.
Aims of Assessement:
1) All students have target levels or grades to work towards.
2) Students receive oral and written feedback on their work and individual advice on how to progress and achieve target levels and grades.
3) Students will take more responsibility for their own learning and progression through target setting.
4) Students experience a wide range of assessment techniques including teacher, self and peer.
At Key Stage Three, students are formally assessed at the end of each unit. This means that they will have five formal assessments in each year.
In addition to key assessments, the teachers mark students’ work in their books using the traffic light system which is linked to the students’ target levels or grades. Students also receive written feedback on the key pieces and more general comments e.g. spelling and grammar.
At Key Stage Four, students are regularly assessed using past examination papers. This means that they are well prepared for the styles of questions that will be in their examination, and also be practised in the timings of the examinations.