Welcome to the Geography Department
Geography develops children’s knowledge and understanding of people and places. At St Anselm's, we learn about the wider world as well as local areas, looking at the physical, social and economic issues surrounding each case study. Use of maps, atlases, photos and the internet ensures a well-balanced and interactive method of learning for all pupils. There are many cross-curricular links with subjects such as literacy, numeracy and ICT.
The National Curriculum Handbook 2014 describes the importance of Geography thus:
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
For key stage three pupils learn 4 new and exciting topics per year. For year 7 we learn about:
Cycle 1: Mapping and making connections
Cycle 2: Africa: a continent of contrasts
Cycle 3: The geography of crime
Cycle 4: Coastline: slip sliding away?
In year 8:
Cycle 1: Restless Earth
Cycle 2: Extreme Environments: Deserts and Rainforests
Cycle 3: The geography of my stuff
Cycle 4: Population and migration issues
For GCSE geography we follow the AQA specification A course. For both AS and A level geography we follow the Edexcel specifications.
Mr D Thompson (Curriculum Lead) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs R O'Rourke (Teacher) - email@example.com
Ms O Stanton (Teacher) - firstname.lastname@example.org