Geography

Welcome to Geography

The intent of the OLQP Geography department is to develop student’s awareness of the world around them and inspire pupils to make a difference, ultimately becoming responsible global citizens. We want our students to appreciate their natural environment and to take some responsibility for our geographical futures and encouraging them to live more sustainably.  We aim to tackle geographical misconceptions so learners fully understand the world they are to grow up into.  As a department, we seek to equip our pupils with the necessary skills and tools to prepare them for life after OLQP.  We want our learners to think, speak and act like a Geographer and aim to develop this through our planned curriculum.

Progression in Geography – throughout the 5 years at OLQP learners will develop a broader geographical knowledge by studying a variety of different human, physical and environmental themes. They will develop a deeper understanding by exploring the links between the themes through the regional studies, understanding of geographical theories, studying a variety of scales and a range of skills.

Key Stage 3

KS3 is a continuous course, which, builds upon the foundations of KS2. At the start of year 7, geographical knowledge and skills is limited in many learners, but deeper in some due to varying geographical teaching practices at KS2. We aim to develop all students skills learned at KS2 and widen their knowledge of Geography at varying scales. By the end of KS3 we want pupils to be confident young people that have a detailed locational understanding of the world, how it has been formed, current issues, developments and futures. The KS3 curriculum is developed to allow progression and create detailed knowledge and understanding that prepares students adequately for GCSE. Topics are a mixture of geographical themes and regional studies. It aims to meet all the expectations of the KS3 National curriculum and develop a child’s cultural capital.

Assessment: We currently formally assess in 3 assessment cycles throughout the year. Baseline assessments and planned pupil voice survey’s assess gaps in knowledge from KS2 so it can built upon throughout KS3. Assessments are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions to mirror and prepare learners for the GCSE. There are also fertile (Key) questions planned into KS3 topics, which allow learners to write in depth.  Assessments and key questions inform future recall starters so gaps in knowledge can be addressed.

The use of command words in each year group allow for progression:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Describe

Explain

“Using the Figure”

“Do you agree”

Year 7 Geography focuses on the understanding of the core physical, human and environmental geographical concepts. Year 8 Geography’s focus is on regional studies and the Geography of place. Year 9 Geography focuses on the future of the Geography of place and is underpinned by theory.

Recall and Home learning: learners complete a starter recall activity every lesson based on linked content/ areas of weakness identified from assessments. Recall of key terminology is practiced every lesson. Links to previous units are highlighted on resources. Learners complete a roadmap for each topic though recall highlighting the links between each lesson. Home learning is focussed on recall with Teams quizzes used to consolidate this.

Local context:

  • Local area issues – Journey around the UK - Y7 Autumn
  • Local sustainability issues – Our Natural World - Y7 Spring
  • Liverpool Multiculturalism – Geography of Europe – Y8 Summer
  • Liverpool regeneration – The Future of the UK - Y9 Spring
  • Multi cultured Manchester – Journey around the UK - Y7 Autumn
  • River Mersey - Journey around the UK - Y7 Autumn
  • Sefton coastline – Journey around the UK - Y7 Autumn
  • Sefton coastline – The future of the UK - Y9 spring

Key Stage 4

Geography is an exciting and diverse subject to study at GCSE, not least because it lends itself to a wide variety of careers including, environmental professions, city planning, renewable energy, economics, flood protection and prevention, travel and tourism. At GCSE pupils follow the AQA specification, a course that is relevant and engaging.  The AQA course allows pupils to study topics that have proven to be interesting and topical to them such as world natural hazards and more local issues such as re-development and changes within Liverpool and the local area.

The AQA course that we have chosen, helps put students on the path to becoming Geography specialists by giving them skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. The qualification covers a mixture of both physical and human geography as well as current issues and enquiry.  Topics are interleaved with a mixture of human and physical content to keep learners engaged. Finally choosing AQA means that pupils have the opportunity to complete an issue evaluation exam.  This exam focuses on pupil’s ability to make decisions and develop coherent arguments to support their points. This specification also has fieldwork as an integral part of the course.  Students will complete a minimum of two days of fieldwork in contrasting local locations.  This opportunity gives students a chance to develop their local geography, and their ability to collect, analyse and manipulate numerical data.

Assessment: Learners complete 3 assessment cycles through the year using past papers. These are a mixture of Unit, 1Unit2 and Unit3 and focus on current content and previously taught content. Whole class feedback is used throughout the terms on key pieces of work.

Recall/home learning: Learners complete a starter recall activity every lesson based on linked content/ areas of weakness identified from assessments. Recall of key terminology is practiced every lesson. Links to previous units are highlighted on resources. Learners complete a roadmap for each topic though recall highlighting the links between each lesson. Home learning is focussed on recall and lower tariff exam questions, with Teams quizzes used to consolidate this.

Local Context: The optional topics have been chosen to reflect our local Geography:

  • Coastal landscapes – Skelmersdale is not far away from the Sefton coastline
  • River landscapes – due to Skelmersdale’s Context, many learners have never visited a river so studying this topic allows us to conduct fieldwork in River Douglas, North west. It widens learners’ knowledge and understanding of our countries diverse landscape.
  • Energy – the North West has had recent Fracking applications.
  • UK City – Liverpool – closet city where many learners have visited so it deepens their understanding of their local area.

 

Extra-curricular

The department runs an Eco club which is open to all learners. They complete activities on a range of Eco issues such as climate change and sustainability.

There are many international trips to The Hague, Sri Lanka, Ghana run by Geography specialist open to all learners who study Geography.

Cultural Capital

This is developed in many ways in lessons. Through termly Read like a Geographer activities recent geographical/political issues are explored. There is a termly career focus in each year group which focussed geographical career pathways and influential geographical figures. International trips to Sri Lanka, Ghana, The Hague are run by the department allowing learners to explore world cultures.

Staff List

Subject Leader of Geography: Mrs S Devlin  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Teacher of Geography/ Lead Practitioner of Teaching and Learning: Mrs R Witter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Teacher of Geography/ STEAM, Business & International Links Co-ordinator: Mrs S Clarke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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