Department Aims

In Geography we aim to enthuse students in an appreciation of the world that they live in. We all live on ‘the same Earth’ no matter what our race, religion, gender or political views are. Sharing an understanding of how other people live is vital to understanding the Geography of the world.

Our world was shaped originally by fantastic physical processes but humans have had their impact as the population grew from the 1800s. Humans will continue to have an impact on their planet and students at Parklands will learn how to do this in a sustainable way.

We aim to give students an understanding of the past, the present and the future, of which they will be a part. We hope that our students will share their love of Geography with their children and grandchildren ...

Programmes of Study

KS3

At KS3 students will study about locations in the UK and further a field. We start Year 7 by learning about The Great Barrier Reef, Las Vegas and Antarctica. We then study shopping patterns in Chorley (our home town). Year 8 begins with the study of the Geography of Kenya, terminating with a fantastic group display of Kenyan information (as ‘market stalls’) with food, products etc that the pupils have made.

Access the Key Stage 3 (year 7 and year 8), Scheme of Work here, along with Key Stage Mapping from KS1 & KS2..

KS4 Years 9-11

As of September 2016 students have been following the 'new' AQA GCSE Geography Syllabus (8035) which can be seen here:

This comprises three exams:

Paper 1 - 3.1 Living with the physical environment -1 hour 30 minutes (35%)

Paper 2 - 3.2 Challenges in the human environment - 1 hour 30 minutes (35%)

Paper 3 - 3.3 Geographical Applications - 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

Access our department’s new Key Stage 4 Scheme of Work here (please note this file is constantly being changed and updated). This course will be first examined in summer 2018.

Year 10

Year 11

Year 10 - Astley Park - Ecosystem - in the lesson - September 2017

River Yarrow Visit September 2017

Year 10 - Manchester/Trafford Park or Liverpool Docks Urban Development - February 2018

River visit to the Wyre April 2018

 

Year 7 visit Chorley Town Centre to do a chain store/independent store (Royal Geographical Society) Survey.

Year 8 carry out Microclimate fieldwork in the school’s grounds.

Overseas visit to Sicily for all years October 2017


 

 

Expectations/Approaches/Policies

We are a friendly, approachable department but we expect high standards from our students. Our students feel comfortable in their Geography learning environment and are keen to progress.

Within the Geography department we are dedicated to the Learning Outside the Classroom agenda and strive to offer as many creative opportunities for pupils to become involved in their learning. This includes the use of the 4D space and TV studio in school, as well as making use of the environment that surrounds the school. Beyond this we offer a number of opportunities for pupils to get involved in visits to various locations across the UK.

Our policies are in-line with those set by school and are stored electronically within the department.

 

Marking and Assessment

We believe that effective feedback is essential to a student’s learning and work is regularly assessed throughout each term by both teacher and a student’s peers. Homework and classroom based learning are both fundamental components of learning and are assessed regularly. We have developed new formative assessment guidance sheets for students which helps them to focus their learning and to make progress over the year and between years. Work will be assessed on how secure it is compared to the given objectives/criteria and literacy will be corrected in student’s work as per the school’s Literacy Policy. Students will respond to any improvements suggested by staff in DIT (Dedicated Improvement Time). This may take place within a lesson, or at home.

Homework will be displayed on the Google classroom part of the school’s website.

Access the Geography Assessment Criteria here

 

Exams taken

Year 11 students are, at present, studying Geography GCSE – AQA Syllabus A (8035). As of September 2016 students have been following the 'new' AQA GCSE Geography Syllabus which can be seen here:

This comprises three exams:

Paper 1 - 3.1 Living with the physical environment -1 hour 30 minutes (35%)

Paper 2 - 3.2 Challenges in the human environment - 1 hour 30 minutes (35%)

Paper 3 - 3.3 Geographical Applications - 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

 

Revision Guides/Workbooks/Supporting Resources

Revision guides can be purchased directly from Mrs Eastham in School (at a reduced rate from those sold in shops).

Textbooks can be purchased online from major book companies.

 

(Oxford GCSE Geography AQA) ISBN: 978-0-19-836661-4

Staff details

Mrs F Eastham - Curriculum Leader for Geography - Teacher of Geography.

Mrs L Ward - Teacher of Geography and History. Leader of Geography Ambassadors.

Miss R Crabtree - Teacher of Geography and History - Geography and History SEN Representative.

 

Extra-curricular activities

Mrs Eastham is involved with the Geography Chorley and South Ribble Curriculum Network and regularly attends their meetings.

Staff are involved in the wider life of the school in a variety of activities e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mrs Ward leads the Geography Learning Ambassadors.

Staff work hard to lead the many trips available for Geography students such as the visit to Sicily.

 

How parents can support their children

As a parent/guardian you can support your child in Geography by regularly checking ‘Google Classroom’’ to guide them in homework tasks. Please feel free to look through their exercise books to see how they can improve their learning.

Providing a revision guide for GCSE students can help learning and structure revision. These are available from school.

Additionally you can support your child when you take them places such as on shopping trips, day visits, holidays etc. Try to get them to look at their surroundings, attractions and the weather. Why is it hotter in Tenerife than back at home? Why do you think that the Trafford Centre was built here? Why is Scafell Pike so amazing? See if they can tell you….. if not, get them to find out!

 

Remember, Geography is so important – it is the world we live in and our future.