Vision & Aims
Geography is an interesting, fascinating and contemporary subject which helps pupils to understand the world around them and the people and cultures which inhabit it.
Our overall aims are –
- To enable pupils to develop key geographical skills including field work, map work and the recording, presenting and interpreting of data
- To introduce pupils to a wide range of Human and Physical Geography and to help them develop an environmental awareness
- To provide pupils with the opportunity to develop a good understanding of their local area and a broader knowledge of the wider world
- To encourage pupils to become independent learners, developing skills for their future.
Key Stage 3
In Year 8 Geography is taught for 3 periods a week and includes fieldwork activities which develop the use of map skills within the extensive school grounds.
In Year 9 Geography is taught for 3 periods a week. It includes a fieldtrip to observe and record coastal processes at Murlough Bay Nature Reserve Co Down and a Microclimate study within the school grounds. Local & Global Citizenship is also delivered through Geography classes.
In Year 10 Geography is taught for 3 periods a week and includes a field trip to Newcastle to observe and record Tourism provision in the town.
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|Introduction to geography and places||Coasts||Tourism|
|Map skills and OS||Weather (including a microclimate study)||Earthquakes and volcanoes|
|Settlement and shopping||Latitude and longitude||Resources and energy|
GCSE Geography at Banbridge Academy is optional. The department follows the CCEA Geography specification.
There are 3 distinct units in GCSE geography;
Unit 1 – Understanding Our Natural World (37.5%)
- Dynamic landscape (rivers and coasts)
- Our changing weather and climate
- The restless earth (earthquakes)
Unit 2 – Living In Our World (37.5%)
- People and where they live (population and settlement)
- Contrasts in world development
- Managing our resources
Unit 3 – Fieldwork Report (25%)
- This will include a piece of fieldwork and a written report completed inside school
World Wide Quiz
Students under the age of 16 are given the opportunity to take part in the Geographical Association World Wise Quiz. This is where students from Northern Ireland come together at QUB, to represent their school and compete in the regional final of the quiz.
AS/A2 Level Geography
GCE Geography will appeal to students who enjoy investigating how their world works. The qualification builds on knowledge and understanding gained in GCSE Geography. Students will acquire skills in the analysis, and interpretation of complex data and in justifying decisions. These are skills which are valued in further and higher education, as well as the workplace.
The new CCEA specifications are modular in structure (3 AS modules and 3 A2 modules). In both AS and A2 units, students will have the opportunity to study fundamental aspects of both Physical and Human Geography.
Through studying Geography at AS, students will have the opportunity to study…
Physical Geography (AS 1)
- Human interaction in Fluvial Environments
- Human Impacts in Ecosystems
- Weather and Climate (including El Nino and hurricanes).
Human Geography (AS 2)
- Population and Resources
- Settlement in Rural and Urban Environments
- Issues of Development
Fieldwork and Skills (AS 3)
Students are given the opportunity to take part in primary data collection on a geographical issue. In Banbridge Academy this involves data collection recorded during a residential field trip to Magilligan Field Centre where data is recorded to observe sand dune succession at Umbra Nature Reserve.
Through studying Geography at A2, students will have the opportunity to study…
Physical Geography (A2 1)
- Plate Tectonics Theory and Outcomes
- Tropical Ecosystems; Nature and Sustainability
Human Geography (A2 2)
- Ethnic Diversity
Decision Making in Geography (A2 3)
Students develop decision making skills within a real world scenario. They will have the opportunity to identify and analyse appropriate material, examine conflicting values, and make and justify recommendations.