FREE Hodge Hill iPhone & Android App

Hodge Hill College

Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College Life at Hodge Hill College

Geography

Tab 1

Introduction

The Geography Department is passionate about the teaching of the subject at Hodge Hill College.  We maintain a fundamental interest in Geography itself and strive to develop both as teachers and as Geographers. We believe that this passion makes a real difference in the way we teach the subject. We look to discuss different ideas and introduce innovative and creative thinking into lesson planning wherever possible. We are very aware of the need to vary our teaching according to the strengths of different pupils and take great pleasure in the success of the complete range of abilities.

Staffing:

Mr G. Stockton - Director of Learning - Humanities

Miss E. Davies - Subject Co-Ordinator Geography

Mr T. Radford – Teacher of Geography

Mr T. Jones - Teacher of Geography

Mr M. Patrick - Teacher of Geography

Miss E. Fitzgerald - Teacher of Geography (Starting September 2017)

 

Tab 2

KS3

The department aims for the Key Stage 3 course to be inspiring, varied and challenging. It aims to teach the students essential geographical skills which are then used in later life and in the study of the subject at GCSE level. At Key Stage 3 pupils have 2 lessons per week. We follow the guidance issued by QCA and we have produced a scheme of work that we believe offers appropriate areas of study for our ever changing world. We have a balance of local, national and international studies.

Years 7, 8 and 9 have two lessons of Geography per week.

 

Year 7

 Units covered in Year 7:

  • Induction Unit
  • Making and Mapping Connection
  • Tourism
  • Settlement
  • Resource Management

Year 8

 Units covered in Year 8:

  • Weather and Climatic Change
  • Coasts
  • Development
  • Rivers

Year 9

 Units covered in Year 9:

  • Natural Hazards and Tectonic Hazards
  • Climatic Hazards and Climatic Change
  • Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts
  • Physical Landscapes of the UK Rivers and Coasts

Examples of pupil work at KS3

 

 

SMSC and Geography

At Hodge Hill College, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils spirituallymorallysocially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.

We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Children should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others. Within Geography we seek to use examples drawn from a variety of cultural contexts and use these to enhance pupil learning. 

 

At Hodge Hill collge, we have created a clear and balanced curriculum where the requirements for SMSC have been fully met.

Spiritual  - Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral - Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Social - Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Cultural - Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

 

IAG and Geography

IAG and Geography

Geography is a subject which provides a particular set of skills and knowledge to enable young people to make sense of the world and their place in it. It offers huge opportunities for the exploration of how societal, economic and environmental change is likely to impact on their own futures. Geography is one of the most popular choices at Hodge Hill College, therefore it is imperative that we advice our pupils on IAG and where Geography will take them.

 

Geography can help learners to understand the progression and learning routes, identify the skills they are developing through geography and explore how these are important for a wide range of work areas at different levels - not just those directly related to geography. The curriculum helps students identify links with other subjects or curriculum areas.

 

IAG themes

Within Geography IAG has three main themes (Geographical Association 2015). These are:

1. Jobs which are affected by geography

Students will leave school and enter a contested, congested employment market that is in a state of flux. Global changes are influencing the nature of jobs that are available, particularly in association with the increasing impact of technology. We will explore the changing nature of employment in parts of the country.

2. Jobs which require and use geographical skills and knowledge

Geographers are viewed by many employers as having some particularly valuable skills, developed through a curriculum which challenges them to be enquiring and critical. Students learn to present work in various formats and are able to research and explain patterns which emerge when data is used.

3. Jobs that exist because of geography

A significant number of jobs exist today that did not exist as recently as 20 years ago and many of the options open to teachers when they left school are no longer available to today's school leavers. We will look at some of these newer opportunities, particularly making use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Website links

Royal Geographical Association – List of Geography Careers http://www.rgs.org/NR/rdonlyres/295E4D93-E974-44CE-845E-26344F91903B/0/Careerswithgeography.pdf

National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Diect Gov 14-19 - https://www.gov.uk/browse/education

Tab 3

KS4

Key Stage 4

The Geography GCSE course provides a fascinating and enriching area of study which can give students a valuable understanding of how the world works. The course covers major global issues including world development & trade, global warming, deforestation, urban issues and natural disasters. Many of the interchangeable skills that pupils develop while studying Geography will be great use to them after they leave school, and are sought after by employers and universities alike, whatever path they choose. There are strong inter-curricular links between Geography and Geology, Biology, Business, History, English and Mathematics. These links will help you with your other studies, therefore making them  easier!

The Geography Department uses the AQA specification A syllabus. The syllabus aims to build on the Curriculum in Key Stage 3, and lay a foundation for advanced study. There are 6 units which will be covered across 2 examination papers worth 75% overall, with a 25% Coursework element.

 AQA Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030

Centre Controlled Assessment

Coursework is a vital component of GCSE Geography. Candidates have to produce on piece of coursework, contributing to 25% to the final GCSE grade. All geographers will go on regular field trips to various locations around West Midlands. Their primary data will be collected there and is the basis for a field study produced as part of  the GCSE.  Each year the assessment will change, so you never know what you will do! The department provides regular sessions to complete and catch up on coursework.

 

 Skills

There is enormous variety of skills involved in Geography;

► Pupils will conduct their own research.

► They draw diagrams, graphs, sketches and maps.

► Pupils use computer software to show they understanding and to test others.

► Pupils will use a variety of relevant visual and audio resources and read academic articles.

► They are involved in debates, games, simulations and role plays.

► Pupils use atlases, globes, textbooks, town plans and OS maps.

► They conduct surveys, questionnaires and collect and analyse data.

 

Year 10

 Units covered in Year 10:

  • Physical Landscapes of the UK Rivers and Coasts
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenges of Resource Management/ Water

Year 11

Units covered in Year 11:

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork Issues
  • Geographical Skills

 

SMSC and Geography

At Hodge Hill College, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.

We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Children should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others. Within Geography we seek to use examples drawn from a variety of cultural contexts and use these to enhance pupil learning. 

 

IAG and Geography

Geography is a subject which provides a particular set of skills and knowledge to enable young people to make sense of the world and their place in it. It offers huge opportunities for the exploration of how societal, economic and environmental change is likely to impact on their own futures. Geography is one of the most popular choices at Hodge Hill College, therefore it is imperative that we advice our pupils on IAG and where Geography will take them.

 

Geography can help learners to understand the progression and learning routes, identify the skills they are developing through geography and explore how these are important for a wide range of work areas at different levels - not just those directly related to geography. The curriculum helps students identify links with other subjects or curriculum areas.

 

IAG themes

Within Geography IAG has three main themes (Geographical Association 2015). These are:

1. Jobs which are affected by geography

Students will leave school and enter a contested, congested employment market that is in a state of flux. Global changes are influencing the nature of jobs that are available, particularly in association with the increasing impact of technology. We will explore the changing nature of employment in parts of the country.

2. Jobs which require and use geographical skills and knowledge

Geographers are viewed by many employers as having some particularly valuable skills, developed through a curriculum which challenges them to be enquiring and critical. Students learn to present work in various formats and are able to research and explain patterns which emerge when data is used.

3. Jobs that exist because of geography

A significant number of jobs exist today that did not exist as recently as 20 years ago and many of the options open to teachers when they left school are no longer available to today's school leavers. We will look at some of these newer opportunities, particularly making use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Website links

Royal Geographical Association – List of Geography Careers http://www.rgs.org/NR/rdonlyres/295E4D93-E974-44CE-845E-26344F91903B/0/Careerswithgeography.pdf

National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Diect Gov 14-19 - https://www.gov.uk/browse/education

Juicy Geography - http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/

The Geographer Online - http://www.thegeographeronline.net/

The Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/world/natural-disasters

 

Examples of pupil work at KS4

 ks4-1

 KS4-2

ks4-3

ks4-4

ks4-5

ks4-05

ks4-smre

 

Tab 4

Student Work - KS4

 

Tab 5

 

Tab 6