Director of Teaching and Learning:
Mr C Hughes
We have chosen to teach the OCR B specification as this best fits with the aims and intentions of the department. The aims OCR B specification are for students to build on KS3 in order to:
- Develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts (know geographical material).
- Gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time, and the interrelationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts (think like a geographer).
- Develop and extend their competence in a range of skills including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources; and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses (study like a geographer).
- Apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues; and develop well-evidenced arguments drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding (applying geography).
Throughout the GCSE students will alternate between human and physical topics. Year 9 will also have additional extension lessons to take pupils beyond the specification to discuss and evaluate related issues.