Department Profile & Curriculum Overview

KS3

In year 7 you will discover the UK and the issues that shape the country. In Year 8 we travel further afield as we look at our ‘shrinking world’ exploring how landscapes change and how that affects us. ‘Dangerous Geography’ will look at the impact of earthquakes, volcanoes and population. KS3 geography is a fun, innovative and informative journey through the world we live in.

GCSE

Geography is the whole world! The dynamic nature of our Earth means that the world of today will be vastly different to the world of tomorrow. GCSE Geography aims to take pupils on a journey of discovery on how our world works, how it changes and how our population impact on it.

This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Outside of the classroom

We believe travel is an essential tool of a geographer- as a department we look to give our students as many opportunities as possible to experience much more of the wonderful world we live in. Students taking GCSE will need to understand coastal landforms, processes and management, what better area than Yorkshire’s coastline to investigate; with fieldwork at Mappleton and Flamborough Head. Urban areas are now the most lived in spaces in the world, understanding these dynamic areas is essential for a geographer; fieldwork in Manchester and Salford Quays gives us access to significant regeneration and renewal case studies.

We also continue to broaden our students’ personal global knowledge with impressive ‘BBEConTour’ overseas visits. In 2008 we visited Reykjavik in Iceland, 2009 New York City was our destination, the Eternal city of Rome and onto Sorrento in Italy was 2010’ destination. The new decade started with another visit to Reykjavik, Iceland and the following year the West Coast of the USA, taking in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In 2013 the East Coast of the USA was covered with visits to Boston, New York City and the nation’s capital Washington DC. 2014 replicated the USA West Coast excursion and 2015 saw BBEConTour takes its first venture into Asia with Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. 2016 took us to Tokyo, Japan and the magnificent Mt Fuji. 2017 and 2018 look very exciting too…

Department Staff

  • R Dowd – Curriculum Leader
  • K Calvert – Geography Teacher
  • L Johnson – Geography Teacher
  • J Gaskin – Geography Teacher (Teach First)
  • D Thompson – Geography Teacher

Contact

Mr Dowd: richard.dowd@buttershaw.net