Head of Geography

Mr T Redmond – tredmond@ndonline.org
 

Aims

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.

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

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

 

Year 8

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

 

Year 9

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
  • Population
  • Tourism

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:

AS

Unit 1 (70%) Physical and Human Geography

  • Rivers, Floods and Management
  • Coastal Environments
  • Population Change
  • Energy

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.

A2

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.

 

Assessment

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.