Geography

Head of Department:    Mr. T Portch

Teacher of Geography:  Mr. K Fitzpatrick

Teacher of Geography:  Mr. J Taylor

 

Geography brings us all down to Earth. It gives other subjects a sense of place. We create our geography, and yet we are affected by geography. Geography, it's a world thing.

 

In the Geography Department, we aim to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the world around them, at a variety of scales. Students are encouraged to develop their own opinions on a wide range of issues, and to consider alternative points of view. Students study a mix of human, physical and environmental geography and there is a strong emphasis on geographical skills throughout all key stages.

 

 

CURRICULUM

KS3:The students have 3 hours of geography over the fortnight. Homework is set on a weekly basis, and is uploaded to Show My Homework.

 

In Year 7, the students study the following topics:

• Dangerous Geography

• Wild Weather

• People Everywhere

• Future Cities (Includes a field trip to Greenwich Millennium Village)

• Rocky Road

• GIS

 

In Year 8, the students study the following topics:

• Water World

• Making Money

• Run for it

• Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice

• Energy Matters

• International Development

 

KS4: Years 9, 10 and 11 all follow the AQA GCSE course in Geography

 

(http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035). The students have 5 hours of geography over the fortnight, with homework being set once a week and uploaded onto Show My Homework.

 

The GCSE course is split into 3 units.

 

Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment.

• The Challenge of Natural Hazards

• The Living World

• Physical Landscapes in the UK

 

Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

• Urban Issues and Challenges

• The Changing Economic World

• The Challenge of Resource Management

 

Unit 3: Geographical Applications

• Issue Evaluation (based on pre-released material)

• Fieldwork

• Geographical Skills

 

All students start the course studying a unit on geographical skills and issues, to develop their ability to think like a geographer and to prepare for the GCSE course. The students then carry out an independent project investigating microclimates around the school before starting the GCSE topics.

 

We use the Oxford University Press textbook (titled "GCSE Geography AQA") in class, but textbooks are also produced by Cambridge University Press (titled "GCSE Geography for AQA") and Hodder Education (titled "AQA GCSE (9-1) Geography"). All are available from bookshops and online retailers.

 

In the Sixth Form, students will follow either the AQA AS or A Level course in Geography (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level). The students will have 3x 1.5 hour lessons every week, with homework being set weekly. For the AS level, there are two examinations, but for the A Level course, there is also a coursework component. Students will study a mix of topics from the lists below:

 

Physical Geography:

• Water and Carbon Cycles

• Hot Desert Systems and Landscapes

• Coastal Systems and Landscapes

• Glacial Systems and Landscapes

• Hazards

• Ecosystems Under Stress

 

Human Geography:

• Global Systems and Global Governance

• Changing Places

• Contemporary Urban Environments

• Population and the Environment

• Resource Security

 

Geographic skills are incorporated throughout the course, and are also tested in the exams.

 

 

Textbooks Used

• "A/AS Level Geography for AQA Student Book" by Cambridge University Press.

 

• "AQA A-level Geography Fourth Edition" by Hodder Education.

 

• "AQA Geography A Level and AS Physical Geography Student Book" by Oxford University Press.

 

• "AQA Geography A Level and AS Human Geography Student Book" by Oxford University Press.

 

All books are available from bookshops and online retailers.

 

 

INTERVENTION AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Field trips:

In Year 7, students spend a day at the Greenwich Millennium Village investigating sustainable urban living.

For GCSE, the students will have 2 field trips, one investigating a human geography issue, and the other a physical geography issue (location, themes and dates TBA).

 

In the sixth form, we have a residential trip to Juniper Hall, in Surrey where traditionally we investigate the river Tillingbourne and the surrounding villages.

 

The department has also previously organised an international visit to Iceland.

 

Intervention:

The department runs a weekly intervention session for Year 11 students, and a fortnightly session for Years 10 and 9. This enable students to receive extra support in topics that they have struggled to understand, catch up with any missed work, and complete homework tasks with the help of a geography teacher.

 

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg The new BBC Bitesize website for GCSE Geography. Has a variety of revision topics and video clips.

 

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/ Has a range of information for students for all ages. Currently being updated to reflect the changes to GCSE and A Level.

 

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/index.html CIA’s World Factbook. Regularly updated. Has a range of facts and figures about the countries of the world.

 

http://www.geography.org.uk/ Home of the Geographical Association. Has a large amount of resources suitable for all.

 

https://www.google.co.uk/earth/learn/ Learn how to use Google Earth’s different features. Has tutorials for all levels.

 

https://www.sporcle.com/games/category/geography One of Mr. Portch’s favourite websites. A range of quizzes and games to improve geographical knowledge.

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm