Mrs C. McIvor KS3/ KS4 Head of Department
Miss A. Watters KS3
- To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Geography acquiring knowledge and understanding of geographical terminology, skills and techniques.
- To encourage students to have open, enquiring minds in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills, providing a sound basis for life long study.
- To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils, irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin or academic ability to have equal access to Geography and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- To cultivate in students a sense of location, a knowledge of places and respect for different cultures and empathy with people in many societies.
- To develop in students understanding of the significance of the actions and different attitudes of individuals and groups who use, manage and make decisions about the environment.
- To develop in students understanding, appreciation and sensitive awareness of the human and physical dimensions of the environment and environmental links, at varying scales from local to global.
- To allow students to appreciate that geography is dynamic, i.e. geographical features/patterns change and new ideas and methods lead to new interpretations.
- To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.
Geography is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3. Pupils study Geography in mixed ability classes 2 periods per week in Year 8 and 3 periods per week in Yr 9 and 10.
Students are encouraged to take part in competitions and become involved in the Eco Club.
At KS3 pupils participate in a variety of fieldwork activities, educational visits and events e.g. Power Down Day and Climate Week.
Year 8: Physical, Human and Environmental Geography in the school grounds, Weather Study, Rock Trail of Loughbrickland Village, Biodiversity Trail around Whyte’s Estate, and W5 Wastebusters Roadshow, Supermarket Survey, Day in the Life of a Farm.
Year 9: Energy Audit, Laganside -River Cruise, W5, and Titanic Quarter.
Year 10: Cotton Fashion, Visit to NI based companies e.g. Coca Cola, Tayto.
Students are required to complete topic based assignments to complement their exam series.
GCSE Geography students follow the course offered by CCEA attending classes 5 periods per week in Years 11 and 12 and 9 periods per week in Yr 13 and 14.
Yr 11: Students have the opportunity to visit a river and coastal area e.g. Mournes and Newcastle.
Yr 12: Students attend a 2 day residential at Killowen Outdoor Education Centre, Rostrevor.
Geography is offered at AS and A2 Level within the BALC arrangement.