We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and at Greenbank we aim to prepare each one of our students to become a global citizen in the 21st century. Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. It introduces them to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of powerful digital communication technologies. It opens their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them and acts as a source of inspiration and creativity. Through geography, people learn to value and care for the planet and all its inhabitants. Our aim is for all girls at Greenbank to develop a love and deep understanding for geography.
All pupils are taught in mixed ability teaching groups and have three one hour lessons per fortnight, with retrieval practice (Geog your memory) homework set fortnightly.
The content and topics taught provide a broad and balanced Geography curriculum, including aspects of human, physical and environmental Geography.
KS4 (Year 9-11)
Our Key Stage Four Geography curriculum follows the WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) specification B syllabus. The content of the specification is organised into three board themes;
- Theme 1: Changing Places, changing Economies
- Theme 2: Changing environments
- Theme 3: Environmental challenges
The EDUQAS syllabus aims to enable learners to think ‘like a geographer’. Whereby learners can develop the skills necessary to conduct framed enquiries in the classroom and in the field in order to develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues.
Pupils have four one hour lessons per fortnight and homework is set weekly.
How will you be assessed?
The syllabus is linear, meaning all pupils will be required to complete three examinations at the end of Year 11.
- Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues (1hr 45 mins), worth 40% of their overall qualification
- Component 2: Problem solving Geography (1hr 30 mins), worth 30% of their overall qualification
- Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry (1hr 30 mins), worth 30% of their overall qualification
Fieldwork is an integral part of the Geography curriculum here at Greenbank. We ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in as many fieldwork experiences as possible.
In Year 7, pupils are introduced to fieldwork in their first few lessons conducting an environmental quality survey of their new school environment. In the Summer term, pupils conduct a plastic pick-up along the Sefton coastline.
Year 8 pupils complete a micro-climate survey using equipment borrowed from the Met Office.
At KS4, pupils are expected to undertake two fieldwork enquiries outside the classroom and school grounds, each in contrasting environments.
In addition, our humanities department have and will continue to offer a number of overseas residential visits;
- West Coast USA tour – taking in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Death
- Iceland – visiting the blue lagoon, whale watching and Gullfoss waterfall along the Golden Circle tour
- Sorrento, Italy – visiting the Isle of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Solfatara
- Auschwitz – visiting the Krakow old town, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine
Our department strives to engage students beyond the classroom, providing a wide range of geographical experiences. These include;
- Year 7; Design a geography passport
- Year 7; Eco-day based on the impacts of plastic on our environment, by conducting a plastic pick-up along the Sefton coastline
- Physical Geography photo competition in association with the Geographical Association
- Great ‘Geography’ bake off
This particular event inspired by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, marked the biggest global strike for climate change the world had ever seen with 156 countries participating.
To support the cause and raise awareness of the urgency needed to save our planet and protect the Earth for future generations, students were offered the opportunity to complete a climate change quiz, purchase confectionary items to support our schools eco-fund, create a poster and calculate their environmental footprint.
RRS Sir David Attenborough
A selection of students attended ‘Ice worlds’ – an immersive and exciting festival of discovery to celebrate the official naming of the new polar research ship for Britain in association with the British Antarctic Survey and Cammell Laird Shipyard.