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Geography

The Geography Department is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning for all students: the staff are a team of supportive teachers who use a range of teaching and learning methods to ensure that the geography curriculum is both varied and topical in its approach. 

As a department, we are proud of the progress that we are making in delivering quality geography to students.  Students enjoy the subject and improving results and uptake are testament to the continued development of the subject at Prospect School.  We are an innovative department that teaches beyond the specification, helping students understand the shifting parameters of the global world within which they are growing up in..

Enrichment

All students are given options to undertake fieldwork in Geography across the key stages.  Many enjoy the opportunity of learning outside of the classroom.  The department also extends the most able students in geography by taking part in the Geographical Association ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ award. This promotes geographical thinking, report writing and independent investigation.

 

LEARNING AREA

The Geography Department is a fantastic place to work: the staff are a group of hard-working and committed teachers who all have, at the very heart of their practice and approach, a belief in valuing each student and giving them the very best educational opportunities that the school can offer.

The Geography Department is constantly striving to build on the successes and improve.

Staff

1 full time specialist; 2 part time specialists

Structure

Head of department leading the teaching team

Examination courses for KS4

We study Edexcel B for GCSE.

Examination courses for KS5

We offer one A Level course:

Edexcel A Level

GCSE examination results

               A*-C    

2015      55        

2016      57  

2017      47

Timetable structure

Year 7 3 lessons per fortnight

Year 8 3 lessons per fortnight

Year 9 7 lessons per fortnight

Year 10 5 lessons per fortnight

Year 11 5 lessons per fortnight

KS5 9 lessons per week fortnight

Intervention

We have intervention programmes for vulnerable cohorts of Year 11. Sessions run at lunch times and after school. The department is available for students to utilise resources. We also utilise a range of in class intervention strategies daily.  In the run up to exams we offer Super Saturdays for students who desire additional intervention and teaching prior to examinations.

Additional resources

One classroom has a full suite of desktops; smart boards are available. Fieldwork is undertaken at each KS, with a residential at A Level.  Students have access to textbooks and a number of other resources including literature, documentaries and geographical publications.

 

CURRICULUM PLAN
KEY STAGE YEAR AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2

KEY STAGE 3

7

Mapskills

Climate Change

Population Dynamics

Tectonics

UK Economy

Sustainability Investigation

8

Development

Rainforests

Oceans

Consuming Resources

Rise of China

Weather Investigation

KEY STAGE 4

9

Hazardous Earth Climate

Hazardous Earth Tectonics

Development Dynamics

Development Dynamics

Challenges of an Urban World

Urban Fieldwork

10

UK’s Human Geography

UK’s Human Geography

UK’s Physical Geography

UK’s Physical Geography

Physical Fieldwork

Revision

11

People and the Biosphere

Forests Under Threat

Consuming Energy

Decision Making Exercises

Revision

Study Leave

KEY STAGE 5

12

Tectonics

Coasts

Globalisation

Regenerating Places

Fieldwork Study

Fieldwork Project

13

The water cycle and water insecurity

The carbon cycle and energy insecurity

Health and human rights

Superpowers

Revision

Revision