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Contact details:
Name : Mr C McArdle
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email address : cmc@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

Aims:
To provide the students with a high quality of geographical information through stimulating and exciting lessons using a wide range of teaching styles and techniques. We aim to take students “around the world” through our exploration of current geographical concepts and events from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest; from the exploitation of mountain gorillas in Central Africa to the rise of India and China as major economic powers and the increasing role that Russia has to play in global geopolitics. We aim to inspire and foster an enquiring mind in our students. We aim to link with many different subjects such as Art, English, Maths, Science, Technology and Business Studies in order to better embed the concepts that we are teaching. We hope to instil the ideas that geographers can change the world for the better, and always look to create good citizens at the end of both Key Stages.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development information

Year 7
Year 7 students will start by investigating geographical skills including an emphasis on grid references and scale. We will also investigate key human and physical features developing within pupils the awe and wonder that Geography has to offer.  Later in Year 7 we will look at the role that Geology has to play on people’s everyday  lives, followed by a an investigation into Population and Resources. In this topic we look at the link that a rapidly increasing population will have on the availability and cost of basic resources in the future. We also contribute heavily to the Year 7 camp in the Lake District. Furthermore, we link up with the English Department and study the Geography of the book ‘Holes’.

Year 8
Year 8 students investigate many diverse geographical topics including the role of the Europe and Coasts.  During the first topic of Coasts pupils will investigate the key processes that shape this environment and the amazing features found here. We will also look at why the coast is so popular, directly drawing on pupil’s own experience. This is followed by a study of the EU. We encourage pupils to think about the role of the EU in their lives and whether being a member of the EU is good or bad for them now and in the future. This is followed by work on Economic Activity, International Development and Natural Resources.  During this time pupils will understand how their actions and decisions have both positive and negative impacts on many levels and in many other locations around the world.  Finally in Year 8 we will study the Geography of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.


Useful links include -

BBC Website
CIA World Factbook
Enchanted Learning
Bitesize Geography
How Stuff Works
WorldAtlas.com
Exploring Earth Visualisations
Revision World
Learn Anytime
Educypedia
Your Child Learns
Oxfam
BBC Class Clips

GCSE

GCSE studies start in Year 9 with The Geography of Crime. During this introduction topic pupils will investigate crime at many levels. They will also begin to appreciate how their decisions are influenced by their perception of crime.  From this, pupils then fully begin their 3 year GCSE studies. We follow the AQA A Geography specification and pupils sit 2 exams at the end of Year 11.  Paper 1 covers all Physical Geography work and Paper 2 covers all Human Geography work.

The course has three main elements.
1) Physical Geography (37.5% of final mark)  - In which students study five separate strands. Each is chosen based on content and relevance to pupil’s experience and knowledge. The topics covered are:-

The Challenge of Weather and Climate; Ice on the Land; The Restless Earth; Water on the Land; The Coastal Zone

2) Human Geography (37.5% of final mark) - In which students study three separate strands. Each is chosen based on content and relevance to pupil’s experience and knowledge. The topics covered are:-

Tourism; Population Issues; The Development Gap

3) Controlled Assessment task (25% of final mark) in which students take part in a local fieldwork study set by the exam board.

Useful links include -

BBC Website
CIA World Factbook
Enchanted Learning
AQA GCSE Specification A
Geography at the Movies
GCSE Bitesize Geography
How Stuff Works
WorldAtlas.com
Exploring Earth Visualisations
Revision World
Learn Anytime
Educypedia
Your Child Learns
Oxfam
BBC Class Clips

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips

GCSE fieldtrip. During this, GCSE students collect data collection in order to complete their Controlled Assessment (coursework). Previous locations have included York, Helmsley, Leeds and Sheffield.

Selby area fieldtrip. During this students are taken into the town centre to investigate aspects of Selby’s geography.

Lake District fieldtrip. During this Year 7 pupils will investigate some of the incredible geography that the National Park has to offer.

After-School Revision Sessions. This are offered to targeted pupils each week. The aim is to improve the chances of pupils exceeding their target grades. During these sessions, we will go over each of the topics listed in the GCSE section with a real emphasis not only on knowledge but exam technique and key skills including mapskills.

As a department, we also make ourselves available at break and lunchtimes to assist our pupils with any queries they may have.