Geography aims to teach about the world around us from our locality to the wider world. The skills include enquiry, map work, ICT and empathy. Geography has links with all the other curriculum subjects and is particularly useful as a foundation for students with both Scientific and Humanitarian interests. The Geography department has always had a commitment to global views and sustainable development. We strive to challenge our students to not only think about, analyse and interpret the world within which they currently live but also the impact that they as a generation are able to make on our world in their future. We aim to teach:
- topics that are exciting and relevant to students’ lives.
- a sense of awe and wonder at the world.
- an understanding of the complex relationships that shape our day to day lives.
- the ability to become independent enquirers and learners.
Key Stage 3
Subjects covered in Geography in Key Stage 3 are as follows:
- What a Wonderful World – introduction to Geographical skills
- My Place, My School – fieldwork unit using the school grounds
- Mysterious Places, Svalbard
- Our Sustainable Lifestyle? Local environmental issues in the UK
- London Olympics 2012
- Mapping Festivals.
- A Risky World: Rock and Rumble
- The Geography of Crime
- Bungle in the Jungle
- The Geography of my stuff
- London Olympics
- Sustainable Coastal Management - to include Lulworth fieldwork.
- National Parks ‘Loving them to death …’
- Paradise Lost – Tourism of Thailand versus Rainforest Destruction
- Globalisation – the shrinking of our ‘World’
- Water Wars – The result of Global Warming and Climate Change?
In addition we teach ‘Hot Geography’ as major world events happen e.g. the Japan earthquake March 2011.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Geography is one of the most popular options at Mountbatten with many students going on to study it at A level and degree level.
The 2 year course follows the OCR B syllabus and 4 themes are studied:
- Population and Settlement Issues
- Natural Hazards
- Economic Geography
- Rivers and Coasts.
The assessment is made up of 50% terminal exam (1 paper), a Sustainable Decision Making Exercise (25%) and controlled assessment (25%).
The controlled assessment consists of 2 tasks. The first is a fieldwork investigation usually completed towards the end of Year 10. Examples of areas used are Hengistbury Head and New Forest river sites. Students have to illustrate, analyse and draw conclusions from the data they collect. This counts for 15%. The second task is a geographical investigation into a current geographical theme. This is an 800 word task and counts for 10%.
The sustainable decision making paper is set in the January of Year 11 and candidates are aware of which of the 4 key themes will be set. Pre-released materials are given to candidates in December to aid their planning and preparation for this paper.
Facitlities and Resources
The Geography department has four classrooms all equipped with interactive whiteboards. Geography lends itself to visual resources and the projectors are in constant use bringing stimulating resources into our teaching. For example, the Japanese earthquake in March 2011 was watched as the action unfolded by many of our KS3 groups that morning – Hot Geography in action.
Each room has regularly updated display boards enabling students to access key words and concepts, national curriculum levels and examples of high standards of work as exemplar material.
We have some of the latest textbooks to support learning as well as access to 32 mobile laptops.
Trips, Activities, Extra Curricular
Fieldwork underpins a lot of our teaching and we are keen that students experience ‘Geography live’.
Year 7 carry out fieldwork in the school grounds, Year 8 examine coastal formation and sustainability issues in the Jurassic coast around Lulworth Cove and Year 9 look at the need for sustainable visitor management in the New Forest National Park. Year 10 fieldwork may involve a visit to the coast at Hengistbury Head or a New Forest River.
KS4 students may have the opportunity to experience the Geographical trip of a lifetime to the wonders of the Western United States.
Miss C Fisher
Head of Geography
Mr C Elvidge
Miss L Haydock
Geography Teacher (FROG Co-Ordinator)
Mr C Oakley