The main aim of our department is to highlight the relevance of Geography through engaging and stimulating lessons so that pupils increase their knowledge by utilising a variety of skills. We hope that pupils find learning Geography to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience which they will continue to follow throughout their lives.
The Geography Department consists of well-qualified members of staff that have a range of specialist backgrounds in Geography. The department works tirelessly to help each pupil reach their maximum potential, and staff strive to ensure that every student flourishes in an atmosphere that promotes critical thinking, reasoning and independent thought.
Every teaching room has interactive boards and teachers use a variety of ICT packages to aid teaching and learning. Key Stage 3 classes are set across the year group, and pupils study Geography once a week. Pupils who select Geography for Key Stage 4 are taught in mixed-ability groups and are rewarded with three lessons a week. Homework is set at least once a week for all key stages.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 pupils being their Geography careers at St. Matthew Academy with an Introduction to Geography, Map Skills, Population, and Weather & Climate. In Year 8 pupils cover a range of interesting, challenging and contemporary topics including Rivers, Development, Crime, Ecosystems, Coasts and Mapping Disease. Pupils will build upon their prior knowledge of geography as well as learning new topics. Pupils are assessed every half term to track and carefully monitor progress so that sets can be supported and challenged during the year. The Academy ranking exams for each Year Group are included in these assessments.
Key Stage 4
Year 9 begins with intermediate bridging courses; independent study skills, critical thinking and deeper knowledge are developed in order to allow pupils to progress to GCSE studies as smoothly as possible. Year 9 then start the WJEC B Eduqas Geography course in January.
In Years 10 and 11 pupils continue to follow the WJEC B Eduqas Geography specification. The qualification consists of written examination papers that focus on content specific Geographical knowledge, problem solving, and applied fieldwork theory. These are weighted at 40%, 30% and 30% respectively, and are all taken at the end of Year 11. Throughout Key Stage 4 the pupils will continue to be assessed on a regular basis and assessments will draw upon the exam skills and knowledge required for all three of the papers. The goal is not only for pupils to be successful in their final exams but to encourage pupils to take an interest in Geography beyond the classroom and to develop and use their acquired skills and abilities in a confident manner so that they can then use these skills in further education and everyday working life.
Examination Information Link
There are a wealth of high-quality resources available on the internet for pupils studying Geography as well as handy revision tools and interactive games.
- https://www.echalk.co.uk/ (login required)
- https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography (sign-up and log-in required)
- BBC Bitesize KS3 Geography
- BBC Bitesize KS4 Geography
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
The Geography Department places an importance on enrichment in order to stretch and challenge our most able pupils so that they can reach their full potential. Extra-curricular activities are crucial to good progress and these will inspire pupils to take an interest in Geography outside of lessons. There are links to the Duke of Edinburgh Award run by the Outdoor Education department, and pupils are encouraged to pursue this. The department also runs weekly interventions for pupils to attend and offers trips to Kew Gardens, Canary Wharf and Northern France!