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Geography

Geography is a popular and well regarded subject within the school. The department currently consists of five Geography teachers, with several also teaching other subjects. Lessons are mainly taught in specialised rooms, which are next to each other in a well-equipped block that was built in 2004. Each room is modern and well-resourced with its own whiteboard, interactive smartboard and computer linked to the school network. A dedicated computer room with 30 terminals is nearby.

Lessons are varied with a mix of problem solving exercises, research based activities, worksheets, use of the interactive smartboard, DVDs and group work. ICT is used to enhance students learning where possible, for example for researching and presenting information. Fieldwork is important and Year 7 students use the local area, Year 8 visit the coast at Flamborough and Year 10 GCSE students go on a residential fieldtrip in April to Bewerley Park to help them complete their controlled assessment. Year 12 fieldwork is carried out at the Cranedale Centre over three days in October. In addition, there is a fieldtrip to Iceland for Year 12/13 students to explore issues about plate tectonics, geothermal activity and tourism.

The department has friendly, enthusiastic and committed teachers who are continuing to improve the already high standards that have been achieved in the past.

Staff

Staff

  • Mr P Hickling
  • Mrs L Butcher
  • Miss L Goodall
  • Miss Machen (maternity cover for ES)
  • Mr T Morris
  • Ms E Sellers

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum contains a range of engaging topics that develop the students’ geographical understanding and their Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills. In Year 7 the students investigate issues relating to their local to global links. This includes topics such as Our place in the world, Geography and survival, Settlement issues and Debating development. In Year 8 the students investigate issues relating to Violent volcanoes, Energetic earthquakes, Slumming it, Investigating India and Crumbling coasts. In Year 9 the students investigate issues relating to Respecting rainforests, Awesome Antarctica, Desolate deserts and Climate chaos.

At Key Stage 3 there are eight classes split into two halves of the year. Each half has one lower ability set, with the rest of the students mixed into the other three sets. In Year 8, each half of the year has one set one, two set twos and one set three. In Year 9, there are two set ones, one set two and one set three.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Geography is one of the most popular option choices at GCSE there are with over 100 students taking the subject. Students are taught in four or five groups that are usually set by ability. Students follow the AQA Syllabus B which is an issue based course examining units such as urban issues, coastal processes, natural hazards and global tourism. Students also complete two controlled assessments.  Students are successful at the course both in terms of their overall attainment and in comparison with their FFT-D estimated grades. Trends over recent years show that over 80% achieve A*-C, with over 40% achieving A*/A.

Unit 1 – Natural Hazards

  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes & Wildfires

Unit 2 – Urban Environment

  • Urban issues in MEDCs and LEDCs
  • Sustainable regeneration of cities

Unit 3 – Global Tourism

  • Growth, impacts and management of tourism
  • Tourism and development issues

Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment

  • Issue Evaluation – Internet research report
  • Fieldwork Investigation – Write up fieldwork

Residential fieldtrip e.g. to Bewerley Park – three days of fieldwork and outdoor activities.

Assessment

  • Units 1-3 exams at the end of Year 11 (75%)
  • Unit 4 – project work during lessons end of Year 10 and start of Year 11 (25%)

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

A2 and AS level Geography is also very popular and successful. There are usually over 40 students who take Geography at AS level and there is a good retention rate into A2. Furthermore, many students continue their geographical studies further at University. Students follow the AQA Syllabus which in AS covers topics such as rivers, coasts, population food supply. At A2 students will investigate natural hazards, climate, world cities and development/globalisation issues. Students are successful in their grades, for example in recent years 32% A* and 80% A*-B at A2 level, with 97% achieving or exceeding their estimated grade. Examples of success at AS level in recent years include 52% A and 73% A-B, with 84% achieving of exceeding their estimated grade.

The results at A2 are some of the best in the school and, in line with whole school achievement, are well above the national average.

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