Geography

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Vision and aims:  To develop inquisitive, informed and innovative global citizens.

Staff:  Mr M Stewart (Head of Department), Miss P McBride, Mrs J Clarke, Mrs S McCullough, Miss R Dines, Mr M Best

Learning objectives:

Key stage 3:
Our Year 8 pupils learn more about ‘their place’ by exploring Northern Ireland, map skills, settlement and everyone’s favourite topic of conversation, the weather.   They are also involved in our successful Connected Unit where they use GIS to help present their proposals for the redevelopment of the sadly neglected Queen’s Parade.

Year 9 take a slightly wider view discovering how landscapes are changed by the action of rivers and waves. They consider important questions about population and policies and learn how animals have adapted to survive in extreme environments and how humans threaten these delicate ecosystems.

Pupils in Year 10 deal with global issues, focusing on natural hazards, economic activity and development in a bid to help them better understand the inequalities in our world and their role in redressing this imbalance.

Key stage 4: GCSE:

The skills and knowledge gained in Key Stage 3 are built upon at GCSE level. We follow the CCEA Geography specification and are a popular option choice among pupils. This course has two distinct units each divided into three themes.

Unit 1:Understanding Our Natural World

Theme A: The Dynamic Landscape
Theme B: Our Changing Weather and Climate
Theme C: The Restless Earth

Unit 2 Living in Our World

Theme A: People and Where They Live
Theme B: Contrasts in World Development
Theme C: Managing our Resources

This course is examined in two examinations (each worth 37.5%) and a Controlled Assessment (25%).

Key stage 5: AS/A2 Level
A Level Geography continues to be an attractive choice to our Sixth Form. We follow the CCEA AS/A2 Specification in Geography, with pupils being taught by specialists in both Human and Physical Geography.

In AS Pupils study

Fluvial Environments
Ecosystems
Atmospheric processes
Settlement
Population
Development

As well as acquiring a range of fieldwork and other analytical skills. This material is examined in two papers at the end of Year 13.

Our Year 14 pupils consider;

Coastal and fluvial environments
The Dynamic Earth
Population Change
Sustainable settlements

They are also fully prepared for the Global Issues and Decision Making elements of the examinations. Like AS our A2 material is assessed in two examination papers.

Subject/Departmental pupil achievements:
Congratulations to past pupils Ashleigh and Kate for achieving an A* grade in their A2 results. Like many of our pupils, both have gone on to study Geography at University.

Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities:
Geographers are keen participants on the Eco-Schools Committee (see Mr Best in C202 for further details).
The mapwork skills acquired and developed by all year groups make Geographer natural ‘guided missiles’ in the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

Educational visits and trips:
We believe that fieldwork is a vital element of our living subject, to that end our pupils visit a host of places to further enhance their learning experience. We run trips to Bangor Seafront, Colin Glen, Tayto, W5, Newcastle and the Titanic Quarter.

Subject/Departmental multimedia resources:
We have an extensive range of audio visual resources accessible on the school media drive.

Subject revision resources:
www.ccea.org.uk  for past papers and marks schemes. BBC bitesize may be undergoing a revamp, but keep your eyes peeled for specific links on our fronter VLE.