Geography

 

General Information

The Geography Department aims to enable all students to gain an understanding of some of the complex elements of the world they live in. The physical side of the subject encourages students to investigate how the natural systems of the planet function and how human behaviour can have beneficial or damaging impacts upon them. Issues such as the potential impacts of Climate Change are tackled along with the practical challenges of rising sea levels and changing natural habitats. On the human side of the subject modules include contemporary topics such as migration, globalisation and urbanisation and how the benefits brought to one section of global society may well be at the expense of quality of life for others. Throughout, students are encouraged to become steadily more independent in their learning as they explore and establish their own responses to the some of the many challenges facing them as they address their futures.
 

Staffing

Staff Member

Role

 Mr C. Stubbs, BSc Hons, Geography, PGCE

 Subject Leader of Geography

 Miss K. MacKenzie, MA Hons, Geography and Social Anthropology, PGDE

 Geography Teacher

 

Key Stage 3

All students follow the KS3 course in Years 7, 8 and 9, receiving just less than 200 hours’ tuition over the three years. Topics include Map Skills, UK Geography, a local urban study, weather and climate, ecosystems, population, rivers and flooding, glaciation and globalisation. Full details of the Key stage 3 and 4 Curriculum can be found below.

 

Key Stage 4

During Year 9 students choose their four optional subjects for study in KS4. All who aspire to achieve the EBacc qualification are required to choose Geography and/or History among these options and we welcome non-EBacc students onto our GCSE courses, too.

At present the department follows the AQA A Specification at GCSE. We expect that we will change this to follow the new OCR A syllabus when it is revised in 2016. Details of these syllabuses can be found at www.ocr.org.uk.

 

Facilities

All teaching rooms have interactive whiteboards and media projection facilities.  The department is keen to make use of modern technologies and is looking to develop greater use of GIS. There is a substantial range of published texts with Geog.123 being used for much of the work at KS3 and syllabus specific texts being the basis for GCSE. These are supported by a wide range of electronic resources including many we have uploaded to our VLE.


 

Fieldwork Opportunities

The location of the GCSE Field Day varies from year to year according the topic chosen for the controlled assessment. Previously we have done fieldwork in Beverley and the Hull City Centre. In 2015 we visited Whitby to complement our studies of the coastal environment. In Key Stage 3 Geographical investigations take place in the school grounds and the surrounding city centre.

 

Results

Geography is a well-established Foundation subject at Hull Trinity House Academy with an excellent record of success over many years (2015 – 20.6% A*-A, 67.6% A*-C at GCSE).

 

 

Detailed Course Outlines can be downloaded below:

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