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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

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Curriculum

Geography

Subject Overview

Geography aims to spark a lifelong curiosity and fascination about our planet. It is the aim of the curriculum in Geography to ensure that our students will be in a strong position to make sense of the world around them – and to make a difference in this every-changing world, when they leave school. Throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, a broad and rich Geography curriculum has been designed to develop powerful knowledge through the study of a range of topics, incorporating Physical and Human Geography, empowering students with the cultural capital they need. Geography will enable all students to develop map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques. Along with improving literacy through report writing and written work and make practical use of numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”

Sir David Attenborough.


Staff

Name Role

Mr S McGlory 

Head of Humanities

Miss C Carey

Miss L Doyle

Mr D McArthur

 


Facilities

The Geography department has a wide range of additional reading resources for students to access to support deeper learning of the subject. The three classrooms have interactive whiteboards and visualisers, along with a set of iPads for students to utilise to research places they are studying.

KS3 

Year 7

·       Bridging the Gap

·       Fantastic Places

·       Distinctive Landscape

·       Contrasting Places

·       Middle East

Year 8

·       Shrinking Planet

·       Tectonics 

·       Weather and Climate

·       Africa

Year 9

·       World of Work

·       World Cities

·       Russia

·       Fieldwork

 

KS4 

The key stage four Geography curriculum revolves around the new GCSE 9-1 Edexcel specification:

Year 10: Development, UK Landscapes, Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes, Human and Physical fieldwork

Year 11: Weather and Climate, Changing Cities, Ecosystems, Resource Management 

Pupils will be developing exam skills and revision techniques to improve their understanding and have an opportunity to gain skills in fieldwork

KS5 

The department follows the Edexcel Specification for A-level, which includes the following topics throughout the two-year course; 

Coastal landscapes, tectonic landscapes, diverse places, water cycle and insecurity, carbon cycle and insecurity, globalisation, superpowers, and an independent investigation.

Enrichment & support

There are a range of support sessions that run after school for pupils in all of the three key stages. Additional revision enrichment classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE, with these available for all key stage four students and Advanced Level examinations, both year twelve and thirteen. For key stage three, the department runs an archaeology club offers an opportunity to access an area of study which is not on the national curriculum. The geography department also leads on the Iwill project which is a social action group aimed to tackle the issue of sustainability by creating awareness of environmental issues. 

Links

  • BBC Bitesize
  • The Geographical

“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose. So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them

Michael Palin