Geography

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.

Magazine Articles

Banbridge Academy Magazine 2015-2016: Geography Article

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.

Year 9 Beach Survey in Murlough Bay, County Down

Year 9 Beach Survey in Murlough Bay, County Down

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 10 Tourism Survey in Newcastle, County Down

Year 10 Tourism Survey in Newcastle, County Down

 

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
 Rivers  Economic activity  Development
 Settlement and shopping  Latitude and longitude  Resources and energy
 Ecosystems

GCSE Geography

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
Year 11 field trip to the Giants Causeway, County Antrim.

Year 11 field trip to the Giants Causeway, County Antrim.

Year 12 students collecting field work data along the Rocky River, Mourne Mountains.

Year 12 students collecting field work data along the Rocky River, Mourne Mountains.

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.

Year 12 GA quiz team 2015/2016

Year 12 GA quiz team 2015/2016

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.

AS 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.

Year 13 students undertake data collection along sand dunes in the Umbra Nature Reserve, County Londonderry.

Year 13 students undertake data collection along sand dunes in the Umbra Nature Reserve, County Londonderry.

Year 13 students undertake fieldwork preparation in the classroom at the Magilligan Field Centre, County Londonderry.

Year 13 students undertake fieldwork preparation in the classroom at the Magilligan Field Centre, County Londonderry.

A2 Geography

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
  • Tourism

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.