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Geography

Geography is a forward-thinking department currently consisting of three full-time teachers and one part-time teacher, all committed to enabling students to reach their potential.  Teachers in our department are passionate about the topics we deliver which include Map Skills, Weather and Climate, and Development in Key Stage 3; AQA syllabus A in Key Stage 4 and AQA Geography in Key Stage 5 including fieldwork and topic evaluations.

Geography is a very popular option subject; Key stage 4 now starts at Year 9 and there are currently 5 classes in Year 9 and 4 classes in both Year 10 and 11. In addition to A-Level Geography, the wider Humanities faculty offers Religion Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Sociology and History, and from September 2013 have offered Criminology and Government and Politics.  The faculty enjoys a very positive reputation amongst the student body.

Our lessons are one hundred minutes long in duration and there are three lessons a day.  Our students are currently taught in broad banded groups, with a high and low ability class in each population and mixed ability classes in between.  The majority of Geography lessons are taught in designated Geography classrooms, all of which house interactive whiteboards.  The Humanities Faculty houses its own ICT research suite of 10 computers, and has a staff room which also serves as a resource and workroom.

Schemes of work are provided for all year groups in all subjects, these state required learning objectives and expected assessment outcomes but also allow a degree of flexibility. Suggested activities are provided but colleagues are welcome to adapt and change these to incorporate their own ideas.  Innovation and sharing of good practice is always encouraged!

Extra-curricular opportunities are considered an important part of the department’s provision. Current educational visits include St Ives, Gwithian and Godrevy beaches, Slapton Ley in Devon, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and planning is underway to take a group of students to Iceland in 2015. These visits are well supported by both staff and students.

The department is a dedicated and friendly team who aim to offer all students the best learning experience possible.  We pride ourselves on always being open to new ideas - taking the best elements of them to enhance our delivery for our students - and on sharing our resources and supporting each other and our students.  I hope you will be inspired to seek to join our team.

Kathryn Finn

Head of Geography