Geography is everywhere!
We are keen to encourage geography activism through enquiry learning and fieldwork in KS3. We interrogate topical issues and world events through a moral framework. We see the awe of our Earth everywhere.
Who we are?
Ms R Stubbs
Ms R Heffernan
Ms A Elsmore
For more information on this curriculum area please contact:
Head of Department, Ms A Elsmore. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aims and enrichment
Our aims are to spread the Geographical word through exciting, well-taught lessons, supplemented by fieldwork at all key stages. The department’s excellent, well-travelled background in Geography Education from SOAS, Durham University, UCL and Exeter University provide good grounding in up-to-date geographical debate and discussion.
Students enjoy Geography at CCF; we are the largest GCSE option group in the school, which is a positive reflection of our excellent teaching at Key Stage 3. We are honoured by having been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark, endorsed by the Geographical Association for recognition of quality geography teaching in secondary schools. This award is of particular value to us; in 2016 we were the only school in London to be awarded the Mark.
Fieldwork opportunities in celebration of the “Year of Fieldwork” established by the GA have provided us with inspiration for further quality opportunities to enhance learning outside the classroom. For example, Year 7 investigate their local area around East Finchley, questioning the public on perceptions and local services. Year 8 investigate crime in the area using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to map and analyse crime statistics. Finally Year 9 begin to embed key skills for GCSE by synthesising data on microclimates. GCSE fieldwork is always hugely popular; every year we take the entire cohort to Swanage, Dorset to investigate coastal management and tourism.
Fieldwork does not stop at Key Stage 3 and 4; Key Stage 5 Geographers are taken on multiple fieldtrips throughout the year, ranging from a 5 day residential in Wales to a day’s fieldwork in Brick Lane, East London. Enthusiasm for Geography is clear; the majority of our A level students go on to study Geography at university and past students are very successful at the tertiary level.
Key Stage 3 lessons are taught in partnership with Global Giving (Water and Child Soldiers). Lessons have also been supplemented by Amnesty International speakers (Human Rights).
Key Stage 4 Gifted and Talented students are invited to Sixth Form talks given by MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine), Greenergy International and Skype calls with a school in Ramallah, Palestine.
Key stage 5 students experience multiple fieldwork opportunities, ranging from week-long trips to day trips to local museums. External speakers have deepened and broadened understanding of the syllabus. Sixth Form Geographers also enter the Royal Geographical Society’s Young Geographer of the Year award, designed to foster new geographical talent.
Key stage 3
KS3: Years 7-9
At KS3 students are given the opportunity to explore and establish new geographical skills to enable application at KS4. Exciting topics such as the 2016 Olympics, ecosystems in Australia and Blood Diamonds are examples of our enriching curriculum. We aim to take students on fieldwork in every year at KS3 in order to build knowledge and understanding and further support classroom learning. Previous fieldtrips have included: a local area study into East Finchley, local crime studies and a microclimate investigation. Students thoroughly enjoy fieldtrips and understand their value in the curriculum.
• Map skills
• Settlement building
• Local areas Study (Fieldwork)
• Migration and Citizenship
• Australia: study of an ecosystem
• Brazil: ecosystems study
• Brazil: human interactions
• Water: River systems, Ice, Oceans
• Local Area investigation (Fieldwork)
• Weather and Climate
• Microclimates (Fieldwork)
• Climate Change
• Blood Diamonds
• OCR A GCSE Course: People of the UK
Key stage 4
This is an exciting and up-to- date new specification from OCR, which challenges and stretches around students to “think like geographers”, as well as enable them to develop cartographic,numerical and literacy skills. Fieldwork further supports classroom learning, which is extremely popular amongst students.
OCR A 1-9 spec “Geographical Themes”
Unit 1: Living in the UK today
30% overall GCSE
Landscapes of the UK
People of the UK
UK environmental Challenges
Unit 2: The World Around Us
30% overall GCSE
Ecosystems of the planet
People of the Planet
Environmental Threats to our planet
Unit 3: Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
40% overall GCSE
Fieldwork: Dollis Brook: local river study
Swanage: coastal management and tourism
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography- a-geographical- themes-j383- from-2016/
Key stage 5
KS5: A level
The OCR specification at A level provides students with an excellent grounding in Geographical theory, key understanding of exciting topics like refuges, conflicts and tectonics, as well as ample opportunity for fieldwork to further explore critical aspects of this academic two year course.
OCR A level specification: H481
Unit 1: Physical Systems
22% of overall A level
Earth’s life support systems
Unit 2: Human Interactions
22% of overall A level
Changing spaces; making places
Unit 3: Geographical debates
36% of total A level
Unit4: Independent Investigation
20% of overall A level
The fieldwork component at A level provides excellent opportunities for investigation into various aspects of the course. Students must select a title they wish to investigate and conduct their own independent fieldwork. Different locations in both Year 12 and Year 13 provide ample opportunity to do so. Not only does this enable students to stretch their horizons, but also allows for synoptic links, the synthesis of new material, and the potential to explore new geographical boundaries.
Stretch and challenge
Students are given opportunities to attend lectures by external providers; in the past (2015-2016) we have visited the Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the Geographical Association. External speakers from Greenergy International (biofuels firm), Medical Aid for Palestinians and the British Red Cross have all come into school to further deepen knowledge and understanding at A level. Finally we take students on additional day trips to the Natural History Museum (tectonics revision), Brick Lane (investigation into Multicultural studies) and an upcoming lecture (December 2016) given by UCL on Geographical Case Studies.