Geography

Aims

  • To develop pupil knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts such as sustainability.
  • To allow pupils to appreciate differing opinions on issues such as climate change.
  • To develop their responsibilities as both local and as global citizens.
  • To apply their learning to the real world through the use of case studies.
  • To develop confidence in themselves through fieldwork.
  • To nurture individual creativity and encourage independent thinking.
  • To develop a range of skills that are useful across the school curriculum as well as being highly sought after by universities and employers.

Staffing

Mrs Sinnerton (Head of Department)
Mrs Barr
Mrs Flannigan
Mrs McKinley

Subject Overview

Geography is a fascinating subject which describes our Earth and asks us to question the world around us. It looks at the relationships that exist between the physical world and humanity. 

Key Stage 3

In Junior school the emphasis is on developing a sense of place through the use of geographical skills and highlighting their importance within society. The main content for each year group is:

Year 8

  • What is Geography?
  • Where do I live?
  • Changing World of Work
  • Food Miles
  • Fieldtrip to Streamvale Farm

Year 9

  • Rivers
  • Recycling
  • Weather & Climate
  • Atlas Skills
  • Recycling event with Arc21 and ANDBC

Year 10

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • OS Maps
  • Hazards
  • Geography & Careers
  • Development

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography is a popular choice of subject at Glenlola. Pupils follow the CCEA specification and are allocated three periods every week. Pupils participate in a residential field study at Magilligan Field Centre in preparation for GCSE Unit 3. The GCSE course consists of the following units:

Year 11

  • Population & Migration
  • The Restless Earth
  • Changing Urban Areas
  • River Environments

Year 12

  • River study – Curly Burn River
  • Coastal Environments
  • Our Changing Weather & Climate
  • Managing our Environment
  • Contrasts in World Development

Our students sit their GCSE external examinations at the end of Year 12.

Key Stage 5

Team Teaching is used to deliver the CCEA Specification with three teachers specialising in the three areas of the course. The following topics are taught at AS and A2:

AS LEVEL

  • Fluvial environments
  • Biomes & small-scale ecosystems
  • Atmospheric Processes
  • Fieldwork
  • Population
  • Settlement
  • Development
  • Skills and Techniques

A2 LEVEL

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Dynamic Coastal Environments
  • Planning for Sustainable Settlements
  • Tourism
  • Decision Making

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/geography/

Career Opportunities

The skills and knowledge you gain from studying Geography at GCSE, and beyond, are relevant to almost all jobs and workplaces.

Geography can lead to a wide range of careers such as urban planning, cartography, GIS applications, teaching, climatology, hydrography, environmental management, weather forecasting, journalism, landscape architecture, surveying, aerial photography, travel & tourism, banking, commerce.

Of course many pupils use their school geography as a way of showing their general ability. In this way, it is a good qualification and can lead to employment in most types of job, and can help you to qualify for entrance to many further courses at school, college or university.