Geography at Holgate Meadows covers a range of topics within the three main topics of Human Geography, Physical Geography and Environmental Geography. The subject of Geography is a new addition to the Holgate Curriculum and it gives students a fantastic opportunity to study the world around them and see how their actions have a direct impact on the environment.

Key Stage 3

In Year 8 we cover a broad range of topics such as Continents, volcanoes, desserts, rainforests and cold climates this encourages the opportunities for personalised independent learning skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills, graphical and cartographical skills. We use Numeracy and Literacy throughout the course and encourage interpersonal skills through debate.

In Year 9 we begin to look at gaining qualifications through Entry Level GCSE assessments. We are currently using AQA as our examining body and this covers four main areas of; coastlines, volcanoes and earthquakes, settlement and tourism. Entry Level was a success in 2014-15 with many of our students gaining a level 3. This gives our students a greater understanding of topics that will be re-visited at GCSE.

Key stage 4

This is the first year Holgate will pursue a GCSE in Geography and it is a very exciting time for students to get involved in a new subject area.

In Year 10 we begin to broaden the understanding of Geography by looking in depth at different topics before moving onto GCSE coursework. The GCSE is made up of 25% controlled assessment. This takes the form of two pieces of coursework, one local investigation and an investigation into geographical issues such as renewable energy. By completing the coursework in year 10 this allows us to focus on the exam topics in Year 11.

In Year 11 we are using AQA GCSE Geography B as it offers a different approach by focusing on geographical issues and challenges and looking at how these affect the world we live in. It is a stimulating and imaginative issue-based approach to Geography which looks to the future challenges of current issues around local, national and global importance such as climate change and water conservation. It is designed to raise student's awareness of mankind's responsibilities to other people, the environment and the sustainability of the planet. The four main topics are; coastal environments, urban environments, living with natural hazards and investigating global tourism. The assessment consists of two 1 hour and 30 minute exams that will be sat in June 2016.

As part of the school wide concept of TENSILE, Geography aims to establish

  • Teamwork by encouraging communication skills
  • Expression of thoughts and feelings through debate and discussion
  • Numeracy skills through cartographical skills such as map reading and producing graphs from research.
  • Solving problems by looking at how we can change important issues such as climate change.
  • Independence by encouraging fieldwork and independent study.
  • Literacy  
  • Enquiry through the use of fieldwork, entrepreneurial skills and encouraging further research in areas of interest.

I look forward to the new challenges and learning experiences we have ahead of us.

Miss T Shannon

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