Geography

Geography

The Geography Department aims to develop students' understanding about the world around them. It aims to help students consider their future world. By considering key issues, landforms and world changes, students are able to develop a range of key skills. This development of skills provides them with great opportunities for future development and employability.

We want to create successful learners who progress and achieve, considerate individuals who lead safe and healthy lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.

Ethos & Values

We aim:

  • To enhance provision of learning through the effective delivery of the Geography.
  • To raise attainment by creating a target-orientated culture based on the enhancement of self-esteem.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.
  • To manage resources to ensure maximum benefit.


Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, its consequences for other humans and the world they inhabit are important to all students in understanding the world in which we live.

Geography allows you to develop key world information and to develop a variety of skills including:

  • Developing an understanding of what motivates people, what they think and how they feel.
  • You are able to gather and read different kinds of information.
  • You can read maps, graphs and other diagrams.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and learn to express yourself verbally and on paper.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and effectively, displaying a good standard of written English.
  • You are able to present arguments and consider viewpoints.
  • You are able to work safely in different locations through experience on fieldwork.
  • You are able to use specialised fieldwork equipment to gather information about the locations your visit.
  • You will develop the use of subject specialist equipment and ICT.


Resources & Facilities

We have a number of dedicated, professional and fully qualified staff, who are passionate about and dedicated to teaching and learning in Geography.

We offer dedicated, well equipped and comfortable classrooms, equipped with interactive facilities or a projector and a wide range of quality resources and subject specific software.

We also have a dedicated ICT suite which can be utilised across all year groups.


Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

All students study Geography at Key Stage 3 in line with the National Curriculum. At Key Stage 3 students investigate areas such as Map Skills, Settlement Changes, Crime, Coasts, Earthquakes and Volcanoes plus Brazil and its rainforest.

Key Stage 4

In GCSE Geography, OCR examination Syllabus 'B' is followed. It involves studies of the following topics:

  1. Rivers and Coasts
  2. Population and Settlement
  3. Natural hazards
  4. Economic Development

Through the 4 key themes you will explore the key background to each area, how features are created, modified and impacted. In addition you will investigate update examples and consider for yourself how people are impacted by flooding or population changes and how you could help solve these.

As part of the course there is a day's fieldwork to the Holderness Coastline where we will investigate the key features of the coastline including, how the features are formed, how and if the areas should be protected and how people are using the areas. The data collected will used to write a report on the key findings. This forming 25% of your GCSE grade.

You will also undertake a trip to Hubbard's Hills, Louth to practise skills in preparation for your Holderness Coast trip.

Students also sit a Sustainable Decision Making Exercise paper. Three weeks prior to the examination students will work on an information booklet from the examination board based on one of the four themes. From this information students will sit an examination in which you will have to consider and make decisions about the key ideas and information. This paper also gives you 25% of your final grade. There is one final examination which tests knowledge and understanding of three of the four topics above, this is worth 50% of your final grade.

Candidates will be entered for either foundation or higher papers.


Learning Outside The Classroom

At Key Stage 4 Geography GCSE students will undertake a one day visit to the coast to complete their Geography GCSE field investigation which is worth 25% of their GCSE grade. Pupils will develop their skills in collecting data including field sketches, profiling and analysing beach gradients. The focus of the investigation will change annually based on the exam board criteria which can range from looking at the structure of the coastline to management and sustainability.

A further trip to Hubbard's Hills in year 9 is undertaken to allow students to practise and develop skills in preparation for their controlled assessment in year 10.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

The study of Geography lets you develop skills which could lead to many different career choices.

Some examples of careers you could choose are:

Accountancy, Administration, Archaeology, Architecture, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama Theatre and the Performing Arts, Education, Environment and Conservation, Finance, Information Management, Media, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalist, Legal Executive, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Solicitor, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Researchers, Lawyers…

Geography is accepted by almost all employers and universities as the wide range of skills and knowledge provided allows the student to develop as an individual. Most universities offer Geographical courses for further development.

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Cleethorpes Academy Principal

Janice Hornby

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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