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 3 one hour lessons per fortnight, with one piece of homework set weekly. All classwork is completed in an exercise book and it is the pupils’ responsibility to take pride and care in their book and bring it to all lessons. To help pupils improve their knowledge of places, a World map, UK map and European map can be found in the back of the homework diary. The content and topics taught are diverse and engaging and include the following:
Year 7: An introduction to Geography; Our Home – Great Britain; Mapskills; China; Rivers and Flooding.
Year 8: Population, Iceland, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Coasts.
We follow the new Edugas spec B syllabus, the “sister specification” of WJEC, which includes the content outlined below. Pupils will receive a number 9-1 based on their overall performance in three exams. All of which will be examined at the end of Year 11.
Theme 1: Changing Places and Changing Economies
Theme 2: Changing Environments
Theme 3: Environmental Challenges
Pupils have 5 one hour lessons per fortnight and homework is set weekly. Pupils work from A4 exercise books and it is important they are brought to all lessons and kept well organised and up-to-date. The course will be assessed through 3 components:
Unit 1: 1 hour 45 data response exam, based on ALL themes – 40%.
Unit 2: 1 hour 30 problem solving exam – 30%
Unit 3: 1 hour 30 applied fieldwork exam – 30%.
Fieldwork is an integral part of the Geography curriculum here at Greenbank. We ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in at least one fieldwork experience. In Year 7, pupils visit the National Trust site – Church Stretton in Shropshire, to conduct a river study and waterfall walk. In Year 8, pupils will collect data from our own stretch of coastline and in Year 9 they will have the opportunity to touch and handle a selection of Tropical Rainforest animals. At GCSE, fieldwork is compulsory and in recent years all pupils have visited the Lake District as an overnight residential. We also offer the opportunity for pupils to visit Italy – Vesuvius, Capri, Sorrento, Naples, Amalfi, Pompeii. Pupils can attend the weekly lunch-time Eco-Geography club or take part in the annual Geographical Association Junior and Senior Quiz.