Meet the staff
Mark Allison - Curriculum Leader
Kate Wilkinson - Geography Teacher
Rachel Stevenson - Geography Teacher and SLT Lead Practitioner
We believe that Humanities subjects are essential for pupils’ development as they help young people to be aware of the past, understand the present and improve the future. Through the teaching of Humanities subjects we strive to instil in pupils an enthusiasm for learning which will help them to achieve their potential in school and beyond.
The study of Geography helps young people to:
Develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.
Investigate the earth and its peoples.
Study the features of the earth - such as mountains, rivers and seas - and how they were formed
Develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.
Gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 currently includes Years 7 and 8, with pupils beginning their Geography GCSE course in Year 9. Pupils receive 2 hours of Geography lessons per week in key stage 3 and 4 lessons per week in key stage 4.
Autumn Term 1 - What is a Geographer?
Autumn Term 2 - Population and Migration
Spring Term 1 - Physical processes - Rivers
Spring Term 2 - Physical processes - Coasts
Summer Term 1 - Settlement and Urbanisation
Summer Term 2 - How is North Shields changing?
Autumn Term 1 - Global Development
Autumn Term 2 - Weather and Climate Change
Spring Term 1 - Tectonics
Spring Term 2 - Biomes
Summer Term 1 - Globalisation
Summer Term 2 - Investigating Africa and Asia
Key Stage 4
The Edexcel ‘A’ syllabus is followed at GCSE.
There are 3 units:
• Unit 1 - The Physical Environment (37.5% of the course)
• Unit 2 - The Human Environment (37.5% of the course)
• Unit 3 - Geographical Investigations (25% of the course)
All units are assessed through examinations at the end of the course. Pupils will achieve grades under the new 9-1 grading system at the end of their course.
Autumn Term 1 - Changing Cities
Autumn Term 2 - Changing Cities and Landscapes of the UK
Spring Term 1 - Coasts
Spring Term 2 - Coastal Management
Summer Term 1 - Global Development
Summer Term 2 - Global Development
Autumn Term 1 - Weather and Climate
Autumn Term 2 - Weather and Climate / Resource Management
Spring Term 1 - Rivers
Spring Term 2 - Rivers
Summer Term 1 - Ecosystems
Summer Term 2 - Ecosystems and Introduction to Fieldwork
Autumn Term 1 - Urban and Rural Fieldwork
Autumn Term 2 - UK Challenges
Spring Term 1 - Skills Review
Spring Term 2 - Revision
Summer Term 1 - Revision
Summer Term 2 - Revision
Revision links for GCSE course
BBC Bitesize - useful for most topics although check with your teacher as not all content is relevant http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/
BBC News - great for researching information about case studies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
National Geographic - interesting articles and videos to inspire further study in Geography: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Digimap for schools - mapping website (see your teacher for the school password) http://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk/
Edexcel website - current Year 9 (download practice exam papers) http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-a-2016.html
How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?
- Watch the news and be aware of current events
- Ensure your child completes homework to the best of their ability - there is a lot to learn in this subject
- Access to the internet (for research) and a printer for homework assignments is really useful
GCSE Geography students get to take part in a range of fieldwork opportunities in the local area.
GCSE Geography students often like to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh programme - an ideal way to improve your mapskills and learn about places!