Geography - Subjects - Morpeth School

Geography

Head of department: Hafizur Rahman

Members of Department:

  • Elaine Danaher
  • Sophie Grosset

The study of geography inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils are equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

 

Key Stage 3 curriculum (Years 7-8)

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is taught over 2 years and is designed to give all pupils grounding in the subject that will enable them to progress towards success at GCSE or beyond.

The 4 main topics taught in year 7 are:

  • Geographical Skills
  • Settlement and the UK
  • Weather and Climate
  • Rivers

The 4 main topics taught in year 8 are:

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Environmental Issues and Antarctica
  • UK Energy Issue
  • The geography of Development and Conflict

Fieldtrip – All year 7 pupils go to Eynsford to study the River Darent in support of their classwork.

Pupils will carry out extended homework projects as well as extended writing tasks in both years 7 and 8. 

Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 9-11)

Exam Board: WJEC Eduqas Specification A

The overarching aims of this qualification are that learners should develop the ability to think 'like a geographer'. That is to say, learners will develop the skills necessary to conduct framed enquiries in the classroom and in the field in order to develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues.

By following this specification learners will achieve the following objectives. They will develop the ability to think:

  • Creatively, for example, by posing questions that relate to geographical processes and concepts that include questioning about spatial pattern and geographical change.
  • Scientifically by collecting and recording appropriate evidence from a range of sources, including fieldwork, before critically assessing the validity of this evidence and synthesising their findings to reach evidenced conclusions that relate to the initial aim of their enquiry.
  • Independently by applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts. In so doing they should appreciate that geography can be ‘messy’ i.e. that real geography does not always match typical or predicted outcomes.

Day and residential fieldtrips run throughout the year, notably to Juniper Hall the Lake District, give students the opportunity to study and support their learning about areas they might not otherwise have contact with in London. 

As part of the ‘Applied fieldwork Enquiry’, all pupils will undertake two fieldwork enquiries, each in a contrasting environment.

Key Stage 5 curriculum (Years 12-13)

Exam Board: AQA

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

The subject content is as follows:

Physical geography

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

Human geography

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation

  • Fieldwork requirements
  • Investigation requirements

Teaching groups are taught Human and Physical Geography by different teachers so that they can benefit from the very best expertise that the school has to offer.

Day and residential fieldtrips run throughout the year, notably to Wales and Scotland. 

Field Studies Council expertise, equipment and facilities are utilised to ensure that students undertake and produce investigation write-ups to the best of their abilities.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The Geography Department is a friendly team of four staff committed to collaborative ways of working, mixed-ability teaching, and to providing a wide range of enrichment opportunities at KS3 to KS5.  These include local fieldwork throughout KS3 with a river study day in year 7 for all pupils, extensive fieldwork across London in KS4 with a residential to the Lake District or other national park and two residential fieldtrips across KS5. The experience of getting to unfamiliar environments is vital for geography students and the school day at Morpeth caters perfectly for this, full morning sessions allowing us to get students as far as the Thames barrier and even the occasional farm visit without having to disturb other subjects.