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Poynton High School

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Geography

Head of Department - Mrs  C Crossan

Curriculum Ambition

The Geography department at Poynton High School aims to provide students with a knowledge-rich curriculum that is underpinned by fundamental skills and concepts. The key concepts and skills are drawn from the A Level and GCSE specifications and are mapped across the KS3 curriculum. 9. As a department we strive to challenge our students to become ambitious, responsible and curious learners. All members of the department contribute to designing and delivering an engaging and relevant experience for students. Staff in the department have a range of specialist knowledge and continually seek to improve their pedagogical craft. Geography is a popular course at both GCSE and A Level, with many students choosing to further their Geographical studies at university. Through high quality teaching and learning our intent is that the Geography curriculum will allow students to:

  • access an ambitious, knowledge-rich, concept-led curriculum
  • appreciate what it means to be a geographer by asking geographical questions such as ‘why is this place like this?’, ‘how is this place changing?’ and ‘how are other places affected?’
  • understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate, as well as how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems
  • acquire powerful knowledge that allows them to develop a sense of social and environmental agency
  • apply their geographical skills and understanding to interpret ‘real life’ geography
  • appreciate the diversity of cultures that exist across continents and the nature of the world’s people, their communities, economies, diversities and experiences
  • develop the ability to gather, analyse, present and interpret spatial information
  • develop the specific skills needed to represent and interpret geographical data
  • experience fieldwork that draws together their locational knowledge and that of human and physical processes

The Geography department at Poynton High School aims to provide students with a knowledge-rich curriculum that is underpinned by fundamental skills and concepts. As a department we strive to challenge our students to become ambitious, responsible and curious learners.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The Key Stage 3 course aims to enthuse and challenge all of our pupils and provide them with the core knowledge, understanding and skills to become outstanding geographers.

Year 7

  • Fantastic Places
  • Pole to Pole
  • Into Africa
  • Water on the Land
  • Local Fieldwork

Year 8

  • Restless Earth
  • Battle of the Superpowers
  • The Middle East
  • Our Fragile Planet

Year 9

  • Factfulness
  • Risky World
  • Population and Development
  • The Living World: Tropical Forests

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At GCSE we follow the AQA syllabus. Over the two year course students will study Natural hazards, Urban issues, Physical landscapes of the UK as well as topics such as Economic Development and Resource Management.  All students at GCSE will undertake two days of fieldwork in the Goyt Valley and locally in Poynton village.  This develops their skills as geographers alongside their knowledge of the subject.

 

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At A level, the AQA specification is followed. The course is divided into physical and human geography covering Glaciation and issues surrounding the carbon cycle and climate change along with the popular topic of Hazards. The human side of the course covers the Changing Urban environment, Global governance and Population issues. All A level students undertake four days of fieldwork in Manchester city centre, locally in Poynton Coppice and in Lyme Park to give them the skills needed to complete an individual piece of fieldwork. The department also runs an overseas fieldtrip to Iceland once every two years.

More information from AQA can be found at https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

 

 

The Geography Department
Head of Department

Mrs C Crossan

Teachers of Geography Mr G Locke
Mrs H Donald
Mrs C Hardman
Miss E Keaveney
Miss C Holyland