Geography

Geography
 
 
The world in which we live is changing rapidly - Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for these changes. Geography is a subject that enables students to make sense of their environment and how people interact within it. The transferable skills which Geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking.
 
Geography has never been more relevant. It is difficult to imagine how you can call yourself educated without a grounding in geography. What geography does is to provide the context for understanding many of the issues that all of us need to face, somehow. For example, what is the likely impact of the coming economic superpowers of India and China on world trade, energy consumption and manufacturing jobs? What is meant by the “anti-poverty agenda” in the context of Africa? This is serious stuff. But geography is also the way to understand simply the amazing, diverse and still very large world in which we live. We can laugh, think and wonder at who we are and how we got to where we are, and where we may be heading.’ 
David Lambert, ‘Geography has never been more relevant’, The Telegraph
 
Who makes up the Geography Department at SMW?
 
Miss A. Brockley – DLA
Mrs P. Rhodes – Y12/13 LPM
Mr D. Gooding
 
The Geography Department aims to:
 
  • Build a learning community that goes beyond the curriculum,
  • Foster a spirit of enquiry and continual improvement,
  • Draw on the rich variety of experience and views to support a coherent and collegiate approach to teaching and learning,
  • Nurture links with other schools and departments locally, nationally and globally,
  • Enable each person’s continued personal and professional development.
     
    For pupils we seek to stimulate:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the planet Earth and it’s peoples,
  • Lasting awareness of the world around us,
  • Sensitivity and empathy towards all others,
  • Tolerance and independent thinking,
  • Preparedness for an active citizen’s role in a changing world
 How to do well in Geography
 
At the front of every exercise book is a contract that each student signs. It is essentially a set of rules and advice intended to ensure that each student knows exactly what is expected of them right from the start of the year. If these rules are followed then each child will make good progress and ultimately achieve or exceed their potential in Geography. It is also important to be aware of events in the news and how people deal with the challenges posed by nature and the actions of others.
Geography is one of the most popular option subjects at St. Margaret Ward and a large proportion of our A level students go on to study Geography at University.
 
Year
 
Term
Topics
Year 7
Autumn Term
Where in the world are we ?
 
Spring Term
Tourism in the European Union
 
Summer Term
Ordnance Survey map work
Our local area
Year 8
Autumn Term
Weather and Climate, including climate change.
 
Spring Term
Development issues
 
Summer Term
Weathering, Erosion and Rivers
 
Year 9
Autumn Term
Ecosystems
South America and Brazil
Spring Term
Population
 
Summer Term
Plate Tectonics (Volcanoes and Earthquakes)- start of GCSE course.
Geology and Coastal landforms / management 1 day fieldtrip to North Wales
Year 10
(WJEC A GCSE Geography)
Autumn Term
Plate Tectonics
Coasts
Spring Term
Population
Climate Change
Summer Term
Tourism, including 1 day fieldtrip for Controlled Assessment (worth 10% of the GCSE)
Controlled Assessment write-up 
Year 11
(WJEC A GCSE Geography)
Autumn Term
Second Controlled Assessment- Decision Making Exercise (15% of GCSE)
Water/Rivers
Spring Term
Globalisation
Development
Summer Term
Living Things
Revision
 
Year 12
(Edexcel ‘As’ Level Geography)
Autumn Term
Crowded Coasts and Rebranding.
1 week fieldtrip to Mid-Wales in October for Unit 2 (Crowded Coasts and Rebranding) with exam in June.
 
Spring Term
Unit 1 Hazards, Climate Change, Globalisation and migration exam in June.
 
Summer Term
Revision and then Technological Fix Unit 3 work in July.
 
Year 13
(Edexcel ‘A2’ Level Geography)
Autumn Term
Unit 4 work on Tectonic Hazards.
Unit 3 work on Water Conflicts and Superpower Geographies.
Spring Term
Unit 3 work on Energy Security, Biodiversity, and Development Gap (Unit 3 exam in June).
Summer Term
Revision.