The Geography Department at Haughton Academy focuses on creating an exciting and fulfilling learning environment. We do this by providing a well planned and varied KS3 course and by choosing examination courses which will challenge pupils, whilst encouraging them to continue their geographical learning to an even higher level. We deliver high quality teaching, learning and assessment so that pupils will enjoy Geography, appreciate its value and importance, and see it within the wider context of their curriculum experience. We aim to implement enquiry/project based learning across the key stages in a variety of topics, whether it is alongside lesson content or as an extended piece of homework.

Key Stage 3

Within the Geography curriculum students will study local, national and global issues in relation to human and physical geography. Students will discover through studying the complex and dynamically changing world, where places are, how landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Our geography builds on pupils' own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Key Stage 4

Last summer (2014), Geography students began and completed a new specification and type of assessment. The new specification includes the change from modular to linear assessment and the introduction of marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). The specification of study is the new AQA A syllabus and students were very successful in the summer of 2014. The course is made up of two exams and one piece of controlled assessment, Unit 1 is Physical Geography, Unit 2- Human Geography, Unit 3-Local Fieldwork Investigation. . A wide range of skills including problem solving, literacy and numeracy, technological skills, including ICT and GIS, graphical and cartographical skills, will provide candidates with a sound understanding of Geography and equip them with transferable skills. The topics studied are: Unit 1- The Restless Earth, Ice on the Land, The Coastal Zone. Unit 2- Population Change, The Development Gap, Tourism.

We aim to provide learning opportunities out of school, as well as within the building and grounds, including organised fieldwork with EV’s outdoor education team, as well as outside agencies. In March 2015, we are running our first international fieldtrip to Iceland!

A. Houghton
Subject Leader Geography