Geography

Geographers are multi-skilled. They are able to analyse and interpret information on a variety of scales and from a variety of sources. They don’t just read maps and look for capital cities! Geographers are mathematicians, scientists, sociologists and psychologists.

Geography students can go on to a variety of occupations and study a variety of qualifications at university. There are many professions that hold geography in high regard. These include: marketing, manufacturing, financial services, management, environmental services, journalism, surveying, tourism, resource management, education, armed forces etc.

Geography is a dynamic and inspirational subject. At South Wirral geography students are challenged to look in awe at the world around them and develop a sense of wonder.

Geography at South Wirral is currently experiencing a renaissance. Over the past two years the numbers opting for GCSE geography have quadrupled. This rapid growth has basically resulted from hard work and determination. Making geography lessons stimulating, challenging and relevant is fundamental.

The teaching of Geography at South Wirral endeavours to meet the needs of every student. The teaching and learning style is based on the Mind Friendly Model which is similar to the Accelerated Learning Model. Every effort is made to appeal to students’ varied learning styles and multiple intelligences. This approach is an extension of the National Strategy, going beyond the notion of a three-part lesson. Thinking Skills are endemic to the teaching of geography at South Wirral. Creative teaching is positively encouraged.

Syllabi

At the moment AQA syllabus A is taught for both A Level and GCSE. These provide a balanced curriculum of both physical and human topics. At Key Stage 5 students have 10 hours over two weeks and five hours at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 3 students have one hour of Geography per week.

Head Of Department: Mr Jones

Assessment Programmes:

Year 7

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnLocational Geography
UK & Europe
Major continents
All about the UK

Map Skills
Plans and Scale
Measuring Distance
4 and 6 figure grid references
O.S map symbols
Using an O.S Map and an Atlas

Geological timescales, Plate tectonics, rocks and soils

Rocks/Soils
What are rocks?
The rock cycle
Geo-logical time scales
Soils
Locational Geography Assessment (10% of the end of year grade).
SpringTectonics
An introduction to plate tectonics
Plate boundaries
Shield and composite volcanoes
Case study of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption
Super-volcanoes
Why live near a volcano?
What is an Earthquake
Earthquake case study
The earthquake through my eyes (creative writing in geography)

Coasts
Waves and tides
The waves at work
Landforms created by waves
Danger along the coast
Protecting our coast line
End of season exam on all learning so far (10% of the end of year grade).
SummerCoasts
Waves and tides
The waves at work
Landforms created by waves
Danger along the coast
Protecting our coast line
End of year exam - 80% of the end of year grade.

Year 8

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnLocational Geography
Asia’s physical and human geography its cities and mountain ranges/rivers.
The key environmental regions of the world

Weather and Climate
What causes the weather?
Measuring the weather
Hurricanes
The Formation of a hurricane
The location of tropical revolving storms around the globe.
Case study of Hurricane Katrina
Locational Geography Assessment (10% of the end of year grade). (10% of the end of year grade).
SpringPopulation
Key terms including birth rate and death rate.
World population growth
China’s One Child Policy
Sweden’s pro – natalist policy

Rivers
The water cycle
The 3 courses of a river
River landforms:
Waterfalls
Meanders
Ox-bow lakes
River flooding – causes, effects and responses. A recent case study of a flood.
End of season exam on work covered so far (10% of the end of year grade).
SummerEnd of year exam - 80% of the end of year grade.
2 end of topic tests make up the final 20%

Year 9

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnLocational Geography
Africa its countries, major cities and physical features.
The Middle East

Development and Urbanisation
Rich world & poor world
What is development and how do we measure it?
A case study of a developing country.

Urban Areas
What is urbanisation?
Mega- cities
Problems in mega cities
Squatter settlements
Case study of a squatter settlement in India – Dharavi
Locational Geography Assessment (10% of the end of year grade).
SpringUrban Areas
What is urbanisation?
Mega- cities
Problems in mega cities
Squatter settlements
Case study of a squatter settlement in India – Dharavi
Mid-season exam on everything covered so far (10% of the end of year grade).
SummerEco-systems
What is an eco-system?
The distribution of world eco-systems
Tropical rainforests and their characteristics
A case study of the Amazon rainforest
End of year exam 80% of the final grade