Geography

  • Mr J Ryan (Vice Principal, Teacher of Geography and Business Studies)
  • Mr N Lawrence (Subject Leader Geography, Duke of Edinburgh Leader and Enrichment Coordinator, Associate Assistant Principal)
  • Ms A Adade (Geography Teacher)

Geography at Bonus Pastor

 

Key Stage 3 (years 7-8)

Geography at KS3 is about giving our pupils an understanding of the world around us, the challenges that it faces and how we can best solve these, whilst also preparing our pupils for GCSE by giving them a breadth of understanding of a range of processes in locations across the globe. Pupils become problem solvers, decision makers, cartographers and GIS specialists through studying topics which include:

Is Lewisham going to flood?  How can we stop poverty?    

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

(For a full breakdown see overviews adjacent)

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 build slums and creating their own disaster zones.

 

The Department runs two extra curricular clubs.

Miss Adade runs a weekly after school club on Tuesdays for Year 7 pupils called Global Futures which looks at contemporary global issues in a variety of case studies using resources from the British Library, such as child marriage in Bangladesh, deforestation of the Amazon, women education in Kenya, and the world’s hardest exam in China!

The department also runs weekly after school intervention for Year 11 pupils each Wednesday after school, alongside additional Saturdays and holiday interventions throughout the year.  

Challenge and Reward trips are also run throughout the year to reward those pupils who are making excellent progress and to challenge their understanding further, with previous visits including the London Olympic Park to study regeneration, Deptford Creekside Centre, the River Ravensbourne to investigate flooding, Kingsgate Bay in Kent for coastal fieldwork, Orienteering in Mote Park in Maidstone, Lectures at the South Bank Centre and inviting in the Royal Geological Society to run Disaster Workshops!

For photos of these check out the Geography Fieldwork Section of the Galleries page.

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, 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.

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


 

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