Introduction to Geography Department
Geography is a subject which stimulates a sense of wonder about our world. It helps young people to make sense of the continually changing environment in which they live. We want our pupils to explore their place in the world. They discover values that are important to them and their responsibilities to others. They become increasingly aware of their environment and the need for a sustainable future for the planet. Whilst studying geography, pupils experience a range of different approaches to learning that aim to develop study skills, which will be useful to them when they leave school. They have opportunities to engage in fieldwork and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world we live in, allowing them to grow in Body, Mind and Spirit.
The learning environment in the two dedicated rooms is bright, spacious and well equipped. Lessons are engaging and regularly include opportunities for collaborative learning, where pupils work together to complete projects and presentations, as well as peer assessment. Developing these skills improves their confidence and will benefit them in further education and in the workplace. Learning in geography is enhanced through the use of new technologies such as iPads and ICT resources. We want our pupils to enjoy becoming better learners, effective team workers and better communicators.
In Year 7, pupils build on their life knowledge to explore their place in the world in relation to other places. They explore the weather & climate of the UK and beyond, and how it affects people's lives in richer and poorer areas. They investigate the physical formation of UK landscapes and visit the limestone landscape of Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. Finally, they explore the impacts humans have on the environment and the planet as a whole, and our responsibility of being a good steward of God's planet.
In Year 8, pupils build on their UK landscapes' knowledge from Year 7 to explore how rivers and coasts have affected and shaped the landscape. In addition, they explore the causes, effects and responses to flooding in richer and poorer areas. They compare and contrast the differences between richer and poorer areas by studying world population and issues surrounding rapid population growth. They study plate tectonics and investigate how tectonic hazards affect richer and poorer areas differently. Finally, they investigate how humans interact with the environment in the specific issue of deforestation and sustainability.
In Years 9-11, pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A specification (1GA0). Year 9 pupils visit the inner city area of the Salford Quays to explore the impacts of industrial decline and how re-urbanisation has been encouraged. They boost their prior knowledge of UK weather and climates and also study global climate change.
In Year 10, pupils enhance their prior knowledge of river processes, coastal processes and weathering in the UK. They visit the River Wyre to conduct fieldwork to study river processes and management in a nearby area. They revisit the work on population change from Year 8 and study global development. They use their knowledge to explain reasons for varying levels of development, focussing on India as a case study.
In Year 11, pupils examine characteristics of tropical rainforests and UK deciduous woodlands and investigate why these ecosystems are under threat. They examine how our use of resources is putting our planet at risk and explore sustainability in energy production. Finally, they will bring together their knowledge from the entire geography curriculum to study challenges facing the UK and how we can overcome them. There are three examinations at the end of the GCSE course.
Pupils will leave St Michael’s with a comprehensive understanding of the world around us. They will have developed a knowledge and appreciation for other areas of the world and the issues we face. They will have a curiosity of the world around us and an enquiring mind. Furthermore, they will be equipped to discuss the issues facing the UK and the world as a whole. They will be better stewards for the planet and will be confident to explain why stewardship and sustainability are so important. Skills acquired in map work, literacy, numeracy, data collection and presentation which will assist them in their future studies and their future careers.
Geography Learning Schemes