Geography is concerned with the nature of the earth's environment. It has specific interest in:
- The character of places
- The location of physical and human features on the earth's surface
- Spatial patterns
- Relationships between people and their environments
- Issues in a changing world
Geography is a STEM subject. This means that employers recognise the importance of Geography in providing the skills necessary for employment.
There are currently four teachers in the Geography Department all of whom are specialist geography teachers.
- Mr T McKenna (Head of Department)
- Mrs K McGee
- Mr L McMullan
Geographers ask questions; where? What? How and Why?
To have a full understanding of geography it must be studied at a range of scales – local, regional, national, international and global.
The study of geography is indispensable to an understanding of an interconnected world. It is a challenging subject that pupils should find relevant to their lives.
Geographical Education Should:
- Stimulate pupil's interest in their own surroundings, and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth's surface
- Interest their sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them
- Let pupils develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the human habitat thereby enhancing their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people
- Create a sense of ‘citizenship'
Aims of Geography Department
1.To teach the subject effectively.
2.To enable pupils to acquire a knowledge and understanding about human and physical environments at local, national and international level.
3.To stimulate pupils' interest, knowledge and understanding of the environment and become aware of how people interact with each other and the environment.
4.To highlight pupils understanding of some of the local and global relationships between people and their environment.
5.To stimulate an awareness of the multiple uses of the environment.
6.To develop an awareness that the world is in a constant state of change.
7.To develop a range of skills including the analysis and interpretation of graphs, tables, maps, photographs, concepts and geographical knowledge.
8.To aid social and personal development through fieldwork and group activities.
9.To develop skills through practical work, including investigations in the field, associated with the observation, collection and recording of information from a variety of different primary and secondary sources.
10.To develop an ability to analyse problems and make informed decisions.
11.To stimulate interest and enjoyment in the subject.
12.To develop a sense of knowledge about the world including knowledge of locations and places, so pupils can place in context world events.
13.To develop and analyse problems and make decisions, to help pupils become responsible members of the community in which they live.
14. To collect and record information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
15. To keep up-to-date with changing events in the Geography curriculum and relate where possible to cross-curricular themes and the ever changing curriculum.
16. To help pupils understand how people, places, materials and information are linked by complex social, economic, physical and political relationships.
Assessment Key Stage 3
Assessment Key Stage 4
GCSE Geography is comprised of 75% written exam and 25% coursework. The coursework is comprised of a written report based on fieldwork
- Assessment Unit 1 (External): - Atmosphere and Human Impact - Physical Processes and Challenges - Ecosystems and Sustainability
- Assessment Unit 2 (External): - Population and Resources - Economic Change and Development - Settlements and Change
- Fieldwork investigation (Portfolio) Stage 1 - Planning; Stage 2 - Data Collection; Stage 3 - Report - Development Stage 4 - Report - Interpretation, Evaluation and Conclusion
Post 16 Geography AS/A2
- Module 1: Physical Geography - Module 2: Human Geography
- A2 Human Geography and Global Issues
- Assessment Unit A2 2: Physical Geography and Decision Making