Geography

    Introduction

    One of geography's strengths is in it positioning as a subject, bridging the Arts and Sciences. Consequently, geographers are not only able to observe and collect data, but are also able to build social, moral and political opinions and arguments that inform how we live in our world. As a result of this intrinsic component of Geography, the students at Halliford learn more than just knowledge about the world, they develop the skills needed to naigate through the complexities, interactions and beauty of the planet that we inhabit. We therefore invite students to engage critically in a range of geographical issues and develop a range of geographical skills through the study of dynamic and contemporary content. We encourage students to understand and grapple with issues which affect people and places at a range of scales from local to global - and all that is in-between. This approach to studying the subject helps to dvelop knowledgeable, independent, skilled and curious students.

    Years 7 - 9

    As a department we aim to provide practical fieldwork experience to all students at various points in years 7-9. In addition, we often collaborate with the Science department to take an entire year group as part of an educational trip. Historically these have been to the Natural History Museum and Kew Gardens.

    The department is well resourced with both traditional resources, including OS maps and fieldwork equipment, as well as expanding our use of technology to develop digital skills. We use Chromebooks and Google Classroom to help develop independent and collaborative learning skills to engage with contemporary information.

    GCSE

    Exam Board: OCR A

    This new GCSE qualification aims to inspire a passion for geography within learners which encourages an interest in the subject beyond academic achievements, for the rest of their life. It focuses on encouraging students to:

    • Have the Knowledge of a Geographer
    • Think like a Geographer and
    • Study like a Geographer

    It achieves this by having engaging content that allows students to study in-depth, contemporary case studies, that are both local and global in nature. This includes developing and extending their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and understanding the role of social, political and cultural contexts in shaping these environments.

    In addition they will develop a deep understanding of the interactions between people and environments. In particular, they will study the dynamic and diverse geography of the UK as well as explore the complexities of the planet and its interconnections.

    Furthermore, students will develop and extend their competence in a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources; and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses. This is achieved as geographical skills are embedded throughout the course and fieldwork is a core element of the course.

    Living in the UK Today - 30% of GCSE

    • Landscapes of the UK
    • People of the UK
    • UK Environmental Challenges

    The World Around Us - 30% of GCSE

    • Ecosystems of the Planet
    • People of the Planet
    • Environmental Threats to our Planet

    Goegraphical Skills - 40% of GCSE

    • Geographical Skills
    • Fieldwork Assessment

    A Level

    Exam Board: OCR

    “Where we come from, what we do, what we eat, how we move about and how we shape our future are all directly the province of the geographer. More than ever we need the geographer’s skills and foresight to help us learn about the planet — how we use it and how we abuse it.” – Michael Palin

    This new A Level qualification aims to encourage learners to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is contemporary and reflects the complex geographical debates and challenges of the 21st Century.

    The key features of this course include:

    This course allows students to study a range of physical and human geography topics whilst unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today. There are opportunities to gain vital geographical, fieldwork and life skills and there is an independent investigation giving learners resilience in self-sufficient study.

    • Physical Systems - 22% of total A Level 

    Through the study of Physical systems students will develop an understanding and appreciation of Landscape Systems, contextualised through coastal landscapes, and Earth’s Life Support Systems, which encompasses the water and carbon cycles vital to our planet.

    • Human Interactions - 22% of total A Level

    Students explore Human interactions (02) through the study of Global Connections, with a choice between focusing on the systems of trade or migration and the governance of human rights or sovereignty on a global scale, and Changing Spaces; Making Places, which gives learners an insight into the nature of places and the fluidity of their meanings and representations.

    • Geographical debates - 36% of total A Level

    Students and their teachers explore in depth two from a choice of five of the most challenging, dynamic and fascinating issues of the 21st century. There are wide ranging topic choices including climate change, disease, food security, oceans and tectonic hazards. The focus of these debates is the implications on people and the environment.

    • Independent Investigation - 20% of total A Level

    The Investigative geography component allows learners to undertake an independent investigation linked to any aspect of the specification to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

    Tours and Trips

    Students are encouraged to seize opportunities to expand their geographical horizons on numerous school trips. These include visits abroad to China, Ethiopia, France, as well as exploring parts of the UK through the Duke of Edinburgh programme. Together with their own experiences of travel among family and friends, these help to support a greater appreciation for the wonder of the world around them. We are curently planning trips to Iceland and reviewing destinations of our fieldwork at all Key Stages to reflect the changes to the courses at GCSE and A Level.

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