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Geography

Teachers: Mr Russell Wait, Mrs Cecilia Davey, and Mrs Jenny Hanson

Department: HUMANITIES

Humanities Subject Leader: Mr Russell Wait   r.wait@broadwater.surrey.sch.uk

Support: 

Ms R Till COIN Centre Humanities

Ms M Turner PB Humanities

 

Geography is a dynamic subject that generates much discussion. It deals with a range of contemporary issues that affect us and the world around us.

Homework tasks can be viewed on the showmyhomework website

Geography and Information Technology 

The department uses ICT in a variety of ways and now boasts a small humanities computer room.  Pupils will use GIS (Geographical Information Systems)  to assist decision making in tasks such as where to place flood protection or new residential areas. The internet will be used as an important research tool in activities such webquests to provide up to date case study information and viewing weather around the world with real time webcams.  We are building in the capabilities of the new ipads as data loggers in fieldwork and as a method to access advanced mapping activities. 

Educational Visits

Experiences outside the classroom are an integral part of Geography and we will be expanding the access we give of this to our students.

Fieldwork ranges from international trips to investigations within the school grounds. Recent opportunities include visiting a variety of tectonic landscapes in Iceland, viewing the impacts of volcanic eruption in Naples, monitoring the schools solar panels, assessing microclimates, investigations into the impacts of the 2012 Olympics on Stratford, comparing the beaches of West Wittering and Selsey.

In addition to this groups of pupils have the opportunity to attend workshops by the British Cartographic Association, seminars on Disaster Management from leading university academics, NGOs and Heads of Government Departments.

As a department we are members of the Geographical Association which has allowed us to enter teams on this year’s Worldwise Quiz, celebrate Geography Awareness Week and begin the process towards gaining our Secondary Geography Quality Mark.

 

Please see curriculum map below for all years.

Key Stage 3

Click HERE to see the Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum Map – 2018/2019

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE SYLLABUS Exam Board:

OCR (Current Year 11); Edexcel A (Current Years 10 and 9)

Geography is popular choice at GCSE enabling pupils to study a range of topics from across Human, Physical and Environmental areas. This allows our pupils to gain a broad understanding of the world around them, the processes within this which are impacting on our day to day lives and appreciate their place within our global village.

Topics: Restless Earth, Battle for the Biosphere, Climate and Change, Water World, Coastal Change, Extreme Environments, Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Challenges of the Urban Environment, Changing Settlements of the UK, Development and Dilemmas and Globalisation.

 

Click HERE to see the Broadwater - Key Stage 4 Geography Curriculum Map – 2018/2019  (Two year/Three year KS 4 programme)

 

GCSE Exam Specification:

OCR GCSE Geography A

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/207306-specification-accredited-gcse-geography-a-j383.pdf

From September 2018:

Students who will be in Year 9 or Year 10  from September 2018 will study the Edexcel Geography A GCSE.

Students who will be in Year 11 in September 2018 will follow the OCR A GCSE syllabus.

British Values

British Values in Humanities

Throughout the 3 subject areas within Humanities department (History, Geography and RE), we strive to uphold the core of what are British Values. To understand what British values are we must first understand our place in the world and this is taught through British history since the Norman Conquest in 1066. We cover the creation of the Magna Carta and the reform of British voting systems from rotten boroughs to universal suffrage.

Britain’s role as a global power and the changes in attitudes towards slavery are also covered highlighting our growth as a nation which questions and challenges its values and strives to do the right thing in light of our past.

Modern questions concerning immigration, particularly focusing on the enlarged European Union are tackled in geography where we examine the impact of more recent rivals. Students are encouraged to look beyond headlines and examine the facts to see how our nation has been built by fairness, tolerance and acceptance of those coming here to build a better life and make positive contributions to British society.

As a multi faith society, Religious Education has a crucial role to play in upholding the key British values of freedom of expression. Students study the major religions to gain a greater understanding into different faiths and the roles that they play in a modern British Society that above all prides itself fairness, tolerance and acceptance.

KS4 Revision Resources

Textbooks/revision guides:

Revise Edexcel: Edexcel GCSE Geography B Evolving Planet Revision Guide 1446905373

Revise Edexcel: Edexcel GCSE Geography B Evolving Planet Revision Workbook

Edexcel GCSE Geography Specification B Student Book 2012 1446905810

Websites:

www.gcsegeography.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography

www.memrise.com (also an app)

Documents on the R drive:

R:CurriculumHumanitiesGeographyYR11Revision

YouTube channels:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gnAtsFoIdw&list=PLEabzsJa-PhRSbWUOMSfMpb61hjngmET-

 

Podcasts:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/think-geography-gcse-geog/id374013012?mt=2

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