The Geography department is a strong, successful, forward looking department which has achieved outstanding levels of success at GCSE level in A*-A, A* -C and A*-G.
All Year groups will have the opportunity to experience data collection, observation and recording techniques in a variety of fieldwork opportunities.
The Geography team consists of four committed and enthusiastic members of staff.
We currently teach in two rooms specifically resourced for Geography. Each room is fully equipped with interactive whiteboard technology.
Geography KS3 Units
Making Connections Inc Map Skills Earthquakes
Population and Settlement
Local area fieldwork
A decent atlas e.g. Philips Modern School Atlas Ordnance Survey maps of the local area have been provided in recent years via the O.S. or map work:
A trip to Central Manchester where they will visit, Chethams, the oldest public library in the English speaking world. Urbis, the museum of football, Manchester Cathedral and the Triangle Shopping Centre.
Weather and Climate Ecosystems
Industry and Resources
Stanley Green Fieldwork
Met Office/BBC Weather
Differences between rich and Poor www.cafod.org.uk
School website to download photos of all fieldwork undertaken these are updated annually to include the present year groups.
Japan Research for oral presentation in year 8
Pupils will be involved in land use evaluation, traffic surveys and large scale mapping and orientation exercises.
River Bollin, Wilmslow/Sutton, Macclesfield. Pupils will measure the width, depth, speed and bedland of the River Bollin in both its upper and lower courses.
A regular viewing of the News, Newsround and other topical items is recommended. Programmes such as horizon are superb mediums for study as are many wildlife and natural history series. Discovery and National Geographic are excellent channels for research and interest. Bruce Parry’s journey down the Amazon.
Ordnance Survey – all years
www.geographyatthemovies.co.uk – short movie clips with music on a variety of topics including population, tourism, weather, settlement etc
www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone – on line activities, games, map facts and homework help
www.geographyalltheway.com for 4/6 figure grid references, O/S symbols, contours etc.
At GCSE Geography is an optional subject with students choosing to study Geography following the AQA Specification A course.
Geography Key Stage 4
Year 10 - A two day trip (residential) to Grasmere in the Lake District. Pupils choosing GCSE must attend this course as their controlled assessment 25% of GCSE depends on information gathered on this trip.
KS4 enrichments trips - The department has, for a number of years, offered the opportunity to visit Iceland, the land of fire and ice and Paris, one of the primate cities of the central core of Europe.
These trips normally take place over a bank holiday weekend and are NOT compulsory.