‘GEOGRAPHY is about places. It is not just knowing about places themselves, but understanding the interdependence and connectivity of places. It is about empowering tomorrow’s adults to develop real global understanding and global citizenship so they have the intellectual understanding to participate individually and collectively in shaping the world around them. This knowledge and understanding of other places, cultures and societies underpin sensitivity and tolerance and contributes to good citizenship. Good geographers develop a range of skills which make them highly employable and which are relevant to any future workforce. They are able to understand the language of maps, which linked to competency in ICT and the application of statistics provides a wealth of geographical information which is frequently used by both business and government. Such information is best interpreted by geographers who are used to problem solving and decision making and who have built up and developed their expertise through geographical enquiry’ David Bell (2005)
In Year 7 and 8 we aim to develop the skills our students need to study Geography with units such as:
“Our Place” – this builds up vocabulary and skills such as describing and comparing places, enquiry skills and annotating pictures.
“Survivor” – teaches map skills in the context of being trapped on a remote Scottish island.
“Urban Places” – shows how cities grow and change by looking at the development of Manchester.
“Into Africa” – a chance to find out about a continent very different to Europe.
In Year 9 the topics act as a foundation for the topics that will be studied at GCSE including Population, Development and Natural Hazards.
KS4 – OCR Geography B
This has four themes studied over the two year course:
- Rivers and Coasts
- Population and Settlement
- Natural Hazards
- Economic Development
Students need to know about real life events and processes and have the opportunity to collect their own data for the Geographical Investigation.
Students are encouraged to develop decision-making skills and have to write report type answers to justify their decisions.
Recent exams have been based on the problems of protecting the UK coastline and the decisions that have to be made about which areas are protected and which areas are left to erode.
We follow the WJEC syllabus
In Year 12 the students study two themes
- G1 Changing Physical Environments – this includes work on rivers and flooding, including fieldwork in Wales to study how a small river changes along its course.
The other section of this theme looks at climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions and the natural phenomenon of EL Nino.
- G2 Changing Human Environments – the students will study world population change and migration. The other section of the course is about urban and rural environments in the UK – once again there is an opportunity to study changing urban environments in Warrington or Liverpool.
In Year 13 the students study two themes
- G3 Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography – there are a choice of topics in this unit. At Great Sankey we normally study Coasts and development. In addition students choose a theme, set by the exam board, to devise and carry out a research enquiry. This allows students to develop their own area of expertise or link with other A level subjects such as Psychology and Biology.
- G4 Sustainability
Students study sustainable water, energy, food and cities.
ALL assessments are exam based.