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

  • Ms E Lawrence (History and Geography Teacher)

 

Geography at Bonus Pastor

Geography at Bonus Pastor is about giving our pupils an understanding of the world around them, the challenges that it faces and how we can best solve these, by giving them a breadth of understanding of a range of processes, and knowledge, in a range of locations across the globe. Pupils become problem solvers, decision makers, cartographers and responsible, employable, global citizens.

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Geography at KS3:

Lessons are compulsory in Key Stage 3, and pupils receive 4 periods a fortnight, which are incredibly varied. Pupils one day will be using maps and globes, to another day re-enacting global trade relationship deals, to experiencing what it is like to be a fair trade farmer, representing population changes with Jelly Babies, to solving problems and making decisions such as how to redevelop a slum, stop coastal erosion or when to evacuate during an eruption.

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 create their own disaster zones.

For a full list of our topics studied please see the Topic Overview on the right.

Homework is set normally once a fortnight and will include practice and consolidation of work they have carried out in class, research tasks, stretch and challenge activities and focused improvement tasks.  

 

Geography at KS4: 

Geography is not compulsory at GCSE, however students are strongly advised to pick either Geography or History, in order to study the EBacc, and students continue to develop their skills and understanding from KS3, revisiting and building upon a number of topics studied such as Rivers and Coasts, Population and Development and Natural Hazards, whilst also studying new topics such as Resource Management, Urban Regeneration and Ecosystems.

More detail can be found out about GCSE on the subpage 

 

Resources:

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.


Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities: 

The department runs a fortnightly 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!

Fieldwork is a key and fundamental part of Geography and fieldwork trips include:

  • Year 7 trips to the beach
  • Year 9 trips to the river and the beach
  • Y10 Residential trip to the Lake District
  • Y10/11 Day trip to the London Olympic Park

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, 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, University Earth Sciences Workshop at St Dunstan’s College, 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 and check out the Geography News page.

Competitions are also run throughout Year 7 and Year 8 to stretch and challenge pupils understanding, and develop independent learning skills, such as researching a coastline, making a disaster zone model or a river.

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

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