Geography

Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps our students at Broughton to make sense of a complex and ever-changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how populations and their physical environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, cultures and environments are interconnected.

...suddenly it becomes more than a subject. Geography becomes the knowledge. The knowledge of the planet, how everything works and how it is all inter-connected. It becomes what geography has always been for me - a fusion of the power of the imagination and the hard truths of science. Geography is all about the living, breathing essence of the world we live in. It explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?

Michael Palin, 2007

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Geography

You will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. You will also be encouraged to understand your role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

The Geography Department at Broughton pride ourselves on the wide variety of learning techniques used in our lessons. Activities include everything from extended writing exercises to modelling glacial growth with marbles and drainpipes! Lessons are planned and refined from student feedback so that learning is effective and meaningful for everyone.

Geography Department Staff

  • Mrs Wortley - Head of Geography
  • Mr Lord - Teacher of Geography
  • Mrs Meakin - Teacher of Humanities

Lessons

In Geography, students study for 1-2 hours/week in KS3 and study 5 hours/fortnight for Years 10 and 11.

Assessment

Geography is assessed in three principal ways- knowledge tests, geographical skills tests and extended writing. Knowledge is assessed via multiple choice key word tests, which are peer assessed in class for instant feedback, and through GCSE style question examinations at the end of topics. Geographical skills are interwoven into all units of work in order to achieve mastery level by the end of KS4. These skills are tested to build up a true picture of a student’s learning profile. Extended writing, using GCSE style levels, are included into each topic. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are also assessed in this strand of assessment.