Geography at Bank View

The nature of Geographical study concerns the relationships between people, places and the environment.

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

As of September 2017 Geography at Bank View High School is taught as a discreet subject to the Primary Class (Key Stage 2), Years 7 to 9 and Base 1 (Key Stage 3) and to the Base 2 class (Key Stage 4). At Primary, Key Stage 3 and Base 2 History and Geography are currently taught on a rotational basis with Geography being taught during the spring and early summer term (to May).

Each class has a 60-minute lesson each week. At Key Stage 4 and Post 16 elements of Geography are incorporated into other studies such as Life Skills where skills learnt at Key Stage 3 can be used and developed.

Teaching Methods

Geography is delivered through a variety of methods:

· Varied teaching approaches featuring the use of role-play, computing resources, small group and whole class work, use of experimental equipment, text books, maps, atlases and aerial photographs.

· Google Earth and Street View are used to enable pupils to “visit and view” interesting locations. Pupils are encouraged to undertake personal and small group investigations and research.

· Field studies in and around the Liverpool and surrounding area as well as 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 pupils’ understanding of places outside their usual everyday experience.

· The school intends to maintain a balance between formal instruction and enquiry to build on pupils’ existing experiences whilst progressively developing pupils' geographical vocabulary, concepts and skills.

Geography Curriculum Map 2017/2018

Primary
Year 7Year 8Year 9Base 1Base 2
Where am I?
Finding my place in the world.
Mapping Connections – Where are we?
Weather and Climate
People Everywhere – Population and Urbanisation
Mapping Connections - Where are We?
Weather and Climate

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

Field Work & Visits

Pupils participate in a variety of offsite work / field trips to supplement appropriate study units.

Field trips are essential for our pupils, providing first hand access to primary sources of historical material. Locations visited by pupils in recent years have included:

· Local area studies – Walton / Fazakerley / Liverpool City Centre and Waterfront

· Wirral / West Lancashire Villages

· West Lancashire Farming District

· Vale of Llangollen

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. The use of the Oxford University Press “Geog 123” series of text books is being phased in to support study units.

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