Geography

  • Mr J Ryan (Assistant Principal, Geography and  Business Studies)
  • Mr N Lawrence (Subject Leader Geography)
  • Ms A Adade (Geography Teacher)

Geography at Bonus Pastor

 

Geography is about exploring the world! As geographers our pupils explore their surroundings and the wider environment, asking questions, understanding the processes that affect these places, before thinking through some of the big questions that affect our society today!

How do we solve global poverty?   How is our climate going to change?   How can we prevent flooding?

Key Stage 3 (years 7-8)

Geography at KS3 is about preparing our pupils for GCSE by giving them a breadth of understanding of a range of processes in locations across the globe, specifically focusing upon the emerging economies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Pupils become problem solvers, decision makers, cartographers and GIS specialists through studying topics which include:

Is Lewisham going to flood?                           Extreme Environments!

                London Pic Geog Iceberg Pic Geog 

Dessert Pic Geog

Epic Cities!

       Dubai Pic Geog    

            Is London Sustainable?    How do we stop our country disappearing?   How can we map the Bonus?

Lessons in Key Stage 3 are incredibly varied. Pupils one day will be using maps, globes and online mapping software, to another day re-enacting global trade relationship deals, to experiencing what it is like to be a fair trade farmer to making volcanoes erupt!

Alongside this our pupils learn, practice and develop a wide range of fieldwork skills which are both important for GCSE Geography but also are highly employable. These include planning enquiry investigations, collecting primary and secondary data from a range of locations before analysing the data back in class and presenting it using a range of graphs and maps.

Fieldwork takes place throughout Year 7 and Year 8 with us exploring the school grounds and the local surrounding area at the beginning of Year 7, before venturing to the beach in the summer. Year 8s take a trip to the river along with building slums and creating their own disaster zones.


Key Stage 4 (years 9-11)

Geography at GCSE is traditionally a popular option, and can form a key part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).  Our current Y10s and 11s follow the OCR B Specification, but due to the introduction of new specifications at GCSE from September 2016 our current Year 9s and future GCSE Geographers will follow the AQA specification, with units on the following topics:

Unit 1

Urban Areas and

Population

Unit 2

Weather, Rivers, Coasts

Unit 3

Development and Interdependence

 

 

Resources for the GCSE exam assessed in the Summer of 2017 including the specification, past papers and mark schemes can be found at the OCR website on the link below:

 http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography-b-j385-from-2012/

Resources for the GCSE exam assessed in the Summer of 2018 onwards including the specification and specimen papers can be found on the AQA website on the link below:

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

GCSE Geography offers a range of experiential learning and fieldwork activities including trips to the local area and beyond including the Crystal Sustainability Exhibition, the Ravensbourne River, the Kent coast and a 3 day Residential in either Iceland or the Lake District, alongside building slums, measuring the weather and more!

“The skills that geography gives you: decision making, problem solving, data analysis and mapping, making it the 2nd most employable degree after medicine and a top subject for college and university applications!”

 

         The River Geog Pic      The Coast Geog Pic    Lake District Geog Pic

Our GCSE Geographers traditionally do very well, 30% of students receiving an A * and A, 50% above target. (2016 results) 

The Department runs two extra curricular clubs.

 Geography in the News is led by Ms Adade and is where budding news reporters can come to develop their new reporting skills whilst investigating the huge variety of geographical news stories that break each week from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, to floods and hurricanes to global trade deals and issues surrounding wildlife habitats.

Global Futures  is led by Ms Adade and will be held after school every Tuesday.

The Department is well equipped with 2 dedicated teaching rooms housing a range of resources and fieldwork equipment, alongside having a number of links with wider organisations such as the Met Office, Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Association, Royal Geological Society, Deptford Creekside Trust and local planning officers.

We have also recently invested in the latest GIS Mapping Software ESRI ARC GIS Online which all pupils have access to and are taught to use from Year 7 and we take part in the annual GIS Day each year.

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Any questions? Email our Head of Department at lawrencen@bp.lewisham.sch.uk