Geography 

The nature of Geographical study concerns the relationships between people and places. The subject enables students to interpret their surroundings and develop an understanding about the interaction of people with their environment.

Geography is particularly relevant to our students as it enables them to relate to many aspects of their own lives and the environment in which they live. It is essential that our students experience Geography, though this should be at a level appropriate to their development and abilities.

At Key Stage 3 History, Geography and ICT Lessons are currently taught on a rotational basis with the aim of teaching each subject for two thirds of the school year. The exact time given to each subject may vary due to varying lengths of study units. (This rotation arrangement will be subject to change from September 2016). At Key Stage 4 an ASDAN Geography Short Course option is offered. Post 16 pupils also follow this ASDAN course.

Teaching Methods

Geography is delivered through several methods:

  • Field studies in and around the Liverpool and Merseyside Area.
  • Visits to places of interest further afield. Though these visits are not always undertaken purely for Geographical studies, such visits provide the opportunity to enhance students’ understanding of places outside their usual everyday experience.
  • Teaching approaches are varied, and feature the use of role-play, computing resources, small group and whole class work, use of experimental equipment, maps, atlases and aerial photographs text books. Google Earth and Street View are used to enable pupils to “visit and view” interesting locations. Pupils are encouraged to undertaken personal and small group investigations and research.
  • The school intends to maintain a balance between formal instruction and enquiry to build on students’ existing experiences whilst progressively developing students' geographical vocabulary, concepts and skills.

Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum Map 2015 / 2016

Year 7

 - Making Connections – Where Are We?

 - Restless Earth – Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis.

Year 8

 - Weather and Climate

Year 9

 - People Everywhere – Population and Settlements

Year 11 Option 16+

 - ASDAN short course Geography

Post 16 Students use Geography skills developed at Key Stages 3 and 4 to complete the ASDAN short course in Geography that focuses on the local area.

All units of study in Geography have been developed and modified to accommodate the interests and additional needs of our students, many of whom work at National Curriculum levels below their chronological age.

Field Work & Visits

Students participate in a variety of offsite work / field trips to supplement appropriate study units.
Field trips are essential for our students, providing first hand access to primary sources of historical material.

Locations visited by students in recent years have included:

  • Local area studies – Walton / Fazakerley / Liverpool City Centre and Waterfront
  • Wirral / West Lancashire Villages - Population & Settlement Studies
  • West Lancashire Farming District - Farming and the Countryside
  • Vale of Llangollen - Landscape Studies
  • Minera Area – Industry and Transport

Resources:

Many of the resources used in Geography have been created “in house” some adapting content from other sources (e.g. John Murray – Geography Special Needs Support Materials” series) to meet our pupils’ needs.

Some useful web sites

BBC Bitesize Geography
BBC Schools Geography (Primary)
BBC Schools Geography (Secondary)
Geography for Kids
Kids World Travel Guide
National Geographic Kids