GEOGRAPHY

DEPARTMENT PROFILE & CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

KS3

In year 7 our thematic approach will see students investigate a range of processes, landforms and features of our planet at a variety of scales. 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 influences up 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.

In previous years, we have run a number of successful international trips, including Iceland, Italy, USA, UAE, Canada, Japan and South Africa! In a post Covid world, we would love to start these again!

DEPARTMENT STAFF

  • Mr R Dowd – Curriculum Leader
  • Mr J Gaskin – Progress Leader
  • Ms K Calvert – Geography Teacher
  • Mr W Harris – Geography Teacher
  • Ms L Johnson – Geography Teacher

CONTACT

Ms L Evans lev@buttershaw.net