(School Trip to Iceland)
General Information About the Department
The Geography team of teachers is based in The Kelly Block in the south western corner of the school site. We have 2 large classrooms and 1 that can be used with smaller sized classes. There is an ICT suite in room K4 which is primarily for use by Humanities teachers and can be booked in advance so that suitable room changes can be implemented.
At present pupils receive four lessons a fortnight of Geography in Years 8 and 9 and three lessons a week in Year 7. At KS4 Geography is a popular option choice. There are 10 GCSE classes in Key Stage 4. Geography is viewed as an enjoyable and relevant subject by many pupils. In Years 10 and 11 pupils have 5 lessons of Geography a fortnight.
The exam syllabus followed in Geography is WJEC Spec B, a well-established and particularly relevant syllabus for an inner city school such as St. Edmund’s.
The Geography team have departmental meetings to discuss generic and specific issues such as schemes of work, end of unit tests, controlled assessment, field trips and implementation of whole school policies in Geography. The Geography team is well established and encourages discussion of what works well in lessons. Resources are shared as much as possible so that a collaborative approach is developed in order to share good practice.
Fieldtrips are an integral part of our departmental teaching philosophy. There is a regular pattern of fieldwork and educational trips throughout the year, with all year groups having at least one trip on offer in either or both subjects. Currently we organise local and regional trips including, , The Isle of Wight, The New Forest, London Docklands and the Olympic Park, Kew Gardens and Iceland. Whenever we can we try to involve pupils in initiatives that bear directly upon their studies such as working with local planners to develop innovative ideas regarding different areas of Portsmouth.
The department is a member of The Geographical Association.
We have a long standing link with the University of Portsmouth in order that we can be involved in the ITT scheme for teacher training. We believe that having students working with us is generally good for the department, allowing evaluation of our systems and nurturing a symbiotic relationship between established practictioners and fledglings.
Approach to Teaching
We believe in making Geography lessons an interesting and enjoyable experience for all pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4. We believe it is essential to use topical examples of Geography in the news. We think that it is important to:
Encourage pupils to have enquiring minds that see the world through geographical eyes!
Develop pupil understanding of their surroundings and extend interest in other places.
Encourage an awareness of the interaction between physical environments and their resultant human reactions.
Increase pupil understanding of social, economic and environmental issues that affect people at local, national and global scakes.
Develop a sense of awe and wonder about our planet
Encourage a sensitive awareness of and respect for the environment.
Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)
Year 7: Where on earth are we? / Location, Location, Location (Portsmouth as a settlement)
Year 8: Coasts / Climate Change
Year 9: Natural Hazards / Rainforests
Year 7: Weather and Climate / Feast and Famine
Year 8: China / EU/Italy
Year 9: Rivers / Population
Year 7: Environmental Issues / Brazil
Year 8: Who dunnit? (The Geography of Crime) / Sport
Year 9: Development/Kenya / Tourism
Key Stage 4 content (Year 10-11)
GCSE Geography WJEC Specification B - Year 10
Theme 1: Challenges of living in a built environment
Inequalities in urban areas/quality of life variations.
Access to housing/tenure and services.
Changing the residential environment.
Sustainability in Planning.
End of unit assessment on built environment.
Theme 2: People and the Natural World Interactions
Weather and climate/changing climate.
The hydrosphere (water cycle).
International co-operation in flood risk.
Landform development and management.
End of unit assessment on Natural World.
Revision and exam in July.
GCSE Geography WJEC Specification B - Year 11
Controlled Assessment - The Enquiry (25%)
Theme 3: People, Work and Development
Patterns of work and development, UK and the world/employment structures.
Location of economic activities.
Complete Theme: People, Work and Development
Economic activity and the environment.
Interdependence / globalisation.
International trade and aid.
End of unit assessment on PW development.
Start revision programme.
Complete revision programme.
Revision - based on problem solving using justification which will include all 3 themes.
Final exams in June.