Head of Geography
Mr T Redmond – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Geography Department at Notre Dame is an optimistic department that promotes the development of Christian attitudes through the breadth of the four key aspects of the National Curriculum:
- Geographical enquiry and skills
- Knowledge and understanding of places
- Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes
- Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development
We believe that:
- Students should enquire about the relationships and interactions between mankind and the environment and develop an awareness of the global future
- Just as the Earth includes all Nations, our department includes all students
- Every student will have their minds opened and challenged through the study of Geography at Notre Dame School
- Every student’s heart will be opened through the study of development and that they will develop an awareness of global citizenship and the problems of inequality
- Every students’ hands will be used to develop geographical skills through practical tasks and the use of I.T.
Key Stage 3
Term 1: What is Geography all about?
Term 2: Geographical Skills: Pole to Pole
Term 3: Your Island Home
Term 4: Settlements
Term 5: The Geography of Sport
Term 6: The Olympics
Term 1: What is Weather?
Term 2: World Climates
Term 3: Forest Ecosystems
Term 4: Global Warming
Term 5: Energy
Term 6: London: Your Capital City
Term 1: Development
Term 2: Blood, Sweat and Luxuries: Sapphires
Term 3: Rivers and Flooding
Term 4: Tectonics: Earthquake Hazards
Term 5: Volcanic Hazards
Term 6: Introduction to GCSE Geography
Key Stage 4
We deliver the AQA Geography A GCSE course. This covers both human and physical geography and is an all round course which promotes a good understanding of places, process and human management. It covers many opportunities for promotion of literacy and numeracy skill. There are currently two options through this course as either a one year intensive course or a traditional two year course. By 2014 this course will be a two year linear course.
The students will study the following themes:
- Rocks, Resources and Scenery
- Water on the Land
- Restless Earth
- Urban Environments
There is also a piece of internal assessment that accounts for 25% of the total and involves fieldwork experience.
Key Stage 5
The Geography Department offers an A Level in Geography through the AQA board. Course content is as follows:
Unit 1 (70%) Physical and Human Geography
- Rivers, Floods and Management
- Coastal Environments
- Population Change
Unit 2 (30%) Geographical Skills
- A geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1. Skills include: Investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills.
Unit 3 (30%)
- Plate tectonics and associated hazards
- Weather and climate and associated hazards
- World cities
- Contemporary conflicts and challenges.
Unit 4b (20%) Geographical Issue Evaluation
Structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet, released on 1 November for January examinations and 1 April for June examinations.
At Key Stage 3, students are assessed every six weeks. Assessment is made in a variety of ways including formal testing, project work, essay writing and presentations. Students are given National Curriculum levels for each topic.
At Key Stages 4 and 5 assessment is a mix of formative and summative methods linked closely to the appropriate examination assessment objectives.