Geography

Staffing for the Geography Department:

Mr P Lemmon – Director of Learning for History, Classics and Geography.

Ms L Gentle-Lloyd – Assistant Curriculum Leader (Lead teacher of Geography).

Miss R Wright – Teacher of Geography.



Field trips

Year 7

During the Spring Term, Year 7 head off to Keele University’s Sustainability Hub. The day visit introduces students to a range of environmental issues, renewable energy technologies and innovative energy solutions. This links to the ‘Environmental Concerns’ topic taught during the Spring Term.

Year 8

During the Autumn Term Year 8 head off to Manchester to study Salford Quays and visit The Etiad Stadium ( home of Manchester City Football Club) to learn how sport can regenerate an area. The day visit allows students to continue developing their primary data collection techniques and experience a full tour of the stadium, which includes a talk on regeneration. This links in with the ‘Geography of Sport’ topic taught in the Autumn Term.

Year 9

During the Summer Term Year 9 head off for a tour round Stoke-on-Trent as part of their ‘Similarities and Differences’ topic. Students study three locations – Festival Park, Hanley and Shelton. Students learn about the history of each area and also about regeneration that has taken place. Whilst in Hanley, students will also develop a variety of GCSE primary data collection techniques to collect a variety of data which they will then use to answer a Practice Controlled Assessment task.

Year 10

OCR A requires students to complete a Controlled Assessment. Year 10 will start their Controlled Assessment during the Summer Term and complete it during the Autumn Term of Year 11. The Controlled Assessment requires a field visit to allow students to demonstrate a variety of primary data collection techniques. The OCR exam board sets a different Controlled Assessment title each year, so trips are arranged around those titles. Previous Year 10 classes have visited Manchester to complete their Controlled Assessment.

Year 12

During the Autumn Term students undertake Unit 2: Geographical Investigations. This unit studies ‘Crowded Coasts’ and Re-branding’. The unit requires students to have field trip experience so that they can develop a wide variety of GCE primary data collection techniques and to be able to know a selection of case studies, which they gain personal experience of, which they can then use for their Unit 2 exam. To gain this experience Year 12 head off to Wales. Previous visits have included visits to the National Slate Museum, Borth, Corris, Aberystwyth and the Centre for Alternative Technology.

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