“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future”
– Michael Palin –
“Employers rarely need narrow specialists. They need bright, committed, inquisitive and determined individuals with the ability to draw on what is happening in the world. The best geographers are stars in this respect!”
At Trentham High students will study a range of Engaging and Exciting topics in their Geography lessons. The lessons will build on students own knowledge and experience whilst widening their understanding of other places and cultures.
The Geography department has two enthusiastic specialist teachers operating in well equipped classrooms.
Geography Levels/Grades and Assessment/tracking
Students will assessed at regular intervals throughout the KS3 and KS4 courses. A range of assessment techniques will be used so that students have the best possible opportunity to show what they have learnt. For students taking their Geography exam in June 2016 and June 2017, grades (A*- G) will be used. In subsequent years, students will be awarded grades using the new system of number (9-1) – with 9 being the highest.
Use of ICT
Students have access to excellent ICT facilities and Trentham High School. iPads are regularly used in lessons.
Here’s a list of apps that students may find useful
Our online learning platform (firefly), is used in various ways in many lessons. This includes online quizzes, revision materials, independent learning tasks.
Homework will always be linked to the lesson and will usually set once a fortnight. Homework may be a ‘formal’ follow-up to the lesson or may be ‘preparation’ for the next lesson. We also operate a “your choice” aspect to Geography homework.
Students have to option of choosing a topic that interests them. Students should speak to their teacher for ideas and will then hand in their ‘choice’ homework instead of the set work. Ideas include:
– Research something that interests you.
– Read and review one of the magazine articles in the Geography department.
– Follow-up on a recent Geographical event in the news.
– Read one of the reference books that we have in the department.
– Find more about something that you’ve studied in class.
– Read one of the ‘Horrible Geography’ books that we have
– Conduct your own survey about something that interests you.
– Write a summary of a TV show, which includes something about Geography.
– Complete a piece of work about a hobby / interest that you have. You teacher will help you to link it to Geography.]
– Find out about a place that interests you.
– Write about a holiday that you’ve recently been on
– Find out about a landmark that interests you
1) Students who have a good general knowledge and an understanding of things that are happening in the world around them often find it easier to express their opinions. Parents can support their children by helping with organisation skills and establishing routines for completing homework. Parents can also support Geographical knowledge by:
-Involving children planning journey’s and working out distances between places
-Finding out about Geographical events in the news – e.g. a recent volcanic eruption
-Discussing the impacts of Geographical change. E.g. The positive and negative impacts of migration in the UK.
-Helping Children to learn the names of countries and capitals.
A useful links is: http://lizardpoint.com/geography/europe-quiz.php
2) Parents can also assist their children by encouraging them to give more detail in their answers. Here are some things that students can include in many aspects of their work: Where possible students should:
Describe the issue / event.
Explain how the issue may affects different groups of people
Examine the positive and negative impacts of the issue
Including data and Geographical terms to support their arguments.
Think about how the issue may develop in the future
Key Stage 4 information.
Is GCSE Geography for you?
- Are you curious about places?
2. Do you like to study maps?
3. Do you prefer the window seat on airplanes?
4. Are you interested in foreign areas?
5. Do you like to work outside?
6. Are you a problem solver?
8. Can you use different types of technology?
9. Do you try to see the big picture?
10. Are you interested in connections between people and the environment?
GCSE Syllabus – From September 2016
The AQA Geography course is a new and exciting approach to Geography. It combines traditional Geographical skills and knowledge with the opportunity for students to draw upon their own experiences and use current topical Geography throughout their course.
This course has been chosen due to the wide range of up to date, engaging and varied topics. All topics are underpinned by key Geographical Skills. Topics include:
Paper 1 à Physical geography- “Living with the physical environment”
– Unit A: Challenges of natural hazards (Earthquakes, tropical storms, Climate Change).
– Unit B: Physical landscapes in the UK (Rivers, Coasts, Glaciation).
– Unit C: The living world (Ecosystems, Rainforests, Deserts, Sustainability).
Paper 2 à Human Geography- “Challenges in the human environment”
– Unit A: Urban issues and challenges (Urban growth in contrasting places).
– Unit B: The changing economic world (Wealth and development differences).
– Unit C: Issues of resource management (Supplies of water, food and energy).
Paper 3 à Geographical skills- “Geographical applications in issues and fieldwork”
– Unit A: Issue evaluation (A pre-release booklet is studied in the lead-up to the exam).
– Unit B: Fieldwork (Completion of two pieces of fieldwork in different places).
– Unit C: Geographical skills (All exams will use data from maps, graphs and photos)
Examinations – All students will sit the same exam papers. Details for each paper:
Paper 1 à Physical geography– 35% (1hour 30mins)
Written exam with some choice of questions.
Paper 2 à Human Geography – 35% (1Hour 30 mins)
Written exam with some choice of questions.
Paper 3 à Geographical skills – 30% (1 hour) Written exam using a range of resource materials. Fieldwork activities and findings will be assessed as part of this exam
The most up to date information can be found at:
Students will complete weekly homework tasks. These will be based around independent research areas, exam questions, revision or follow-up work from the lessons. At various points during the year, students will be invited to specific revision and catch-up sessions.
Formal and informal assessment tasks take place throughout the course. Progress reports are completed each half term. Students will receive feedback upon their current progress, so that we can identify students to praise and push onto the next grade and also identify students who require a little more support.
Additional Help and advice – particularly for Higher attaining students.
– keep up to date with the news and talk to people at home about the impacts of world events.
– ‘ get ahead’ by reading about topics before the lesson. Details of the ‘teaching order’ and subject content can be found on firefly.
– borrow one of the monthly ‘geographical’ magazine from the department. Articles are between 2 paragraphs and 2 pages in length. http://geographical.co.uk/
– Maintain a good knowledge of place names so that you can easily refer to them in class. App – ‘Tap Quiz Maps’. Website – ‘Lizard Point Geography’
– Be curious about different aspects of geography – a list of Geography apps can be found in the Geography section of the school website.
Geographers are well suited to a wide variety of future courses and jobs due to the wide range of transferable skills in the subject. These skills include: data interpretation, research, report writing and analysis bias in different sources of evidence.
Here’s a range of websites which give examples of different careers in Geography. Although some of them relate to A-level and Degree Level Geography, there are many overlaps and ideas that you can use:
Many students study A-Level Geography at one of the following colleges:
Some of our students choose to study Geography at University – sometimes locally and sometimes further afield.