St Mary's College Geography

 As a Geography department, our overall mission is to develop successful Geographers who make excellent levels of progress and attainment whilst developing a passion for the subject.  So much of the world's current issues are all about Geography.  As Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographic Society suggests "Geography students hold the key to the world's problems". 

Many of the world's current issues - at a global scale and locally - boil down to Geography, and need the Geographers of the future to help us understand them.  Global warming as it affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from over-use and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities.  These are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which Geographers must help solve.  It is a subject that helps young people into work.  Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying Geography can provide and Geography in higher education is thriving.  Geography students are among those gaining greatest satisfaction from their studies, and Geography graduates have a relatively low level of unemployment.  It's no wonder there is a growing demand to study the subject at University.  This is underlined by the Russel group of Universities, along with the Minister David Willetts MP, who both recognise Geography as one of the key "facilitating" subjects for entry to degree level study. 

Staff

Mrs L McAllister         (Head of Geography)

Miss K Haworth         (Teacher of Geography and Economics)

Mr L Haworth            (Teacher of Geography and Associate Assistant Head Teacher)

Mr M McAllister        (Teacher of Geography, RE and Head of PSHCE)

Miss S Parish              (Teacher of Geography) 

KS3 Curriculum:

Year 7: Maps and the UK, Map Skills, Rivers and Flooding, Into Africa,  Weather and Climate, Urbanisation and International Week activities.

Year 8: Glaciation, Extreme Environments, The Middle East, Natural Hazards, Into India, Development and International Week activities.

KS4 Curriculum:

Our GCSE Geography students study Eduqas Geography B (9-1). Our topics are:

  • Climate change
  • Coasts
  • Water resources and management
  • Urbanisation and contrasting global cities
  • Ecosystems
  • Ecosystems under threat
  • Fieldwork
  • Rivers
  • Problem-solving Geography
  • Development
  • Urban and rural processes and change

 

KS5 Curriculum

We follow the GCE Edexcel for A Level Geography. It provides students not only with an impressive amount of subject specific knowledge, but also develops communication skills, team work, problem solving and thinking skills necessary for University and/ or employment. In addition, our Geographers are able to think for themselves, empathise with others and express articulate opinions about the world around them. The topics we study are:

  • Globalisation
  • Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Regeneration
  • Coastal landscapes and change
  • The water cycle and water Insecurity
  • Superpowers
  • The carbon cycle and energy security
  • Migration, identity and sovereignty

 

Fieldwork:

Our GCSE students visit the Holderness Coast and Beverley to look at coastal issues and urban Geography issues. Our A Level students visit Cumbria and stay at the Castle Head Field Studies Centre for 5 days.

 

 

Useful Websites:

http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography

http://www.physicalgeography.net/physgeoglos/t.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/water_rivers/

http://hdr.undp.org/en/climatechange/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/energy_resources/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/wasting_resources

http://www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/