Mr R. O’Kane – Subject Lead Geography
Learning in Geography
At Key Stage 3 the Geography Department aims to instil a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils will gain knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At Key Stage 4 pupils will develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts. They will gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time.
GCSE Geography – OCR B Specification
The GCSE is split into three sections for examination. Our Natural World (P1), People and Society (P2) and Geographical Exploration (P3). At Falinge Park High School, we interleave Paper 1 and 2 topics to allows pupils to build upon their prior knowledge from Key stage 3 and make synoptic links.
Year 10: Urban Futures, Sustaining Ecosystems, Dynamic Development, Changing Climates and Distinctive Landscapes.
Year 11: Distinctive Landscapes, Global Hazards, UK in the 21st Century and Resource Reliance.
At GCSE, pupils experience two fieldwork opportunities. The human fieldwork based on the redevelopment of Salford Quays and the physical fieldwork based on the River Tame in Uppermill and how the rivers changes as you travel downstream.
Pupils will also carry out various fieldwork projects throughout KS3 and KS4. In KS3 they will investigate through local fieldwork within the school grounds, sketching the impressive Scout Moor Wind Farm, as well as visiting the local River Spodden.
At KS4 they will investigate through more national fieldwork, visiting the Holderness coast or North Wales for their physical geography element of the course and Salford Quays for their human geography element of the course.
KS3 Curriculum Map
KS4 Curriculum Map