Geography at All Hallows is taught to all pupils up to Y9 and is a popular option choice at GCSE.
We have three full time members of staff and one part time member of staff who deliver the Geography curriculum.
- Mrs A McDonnell (Head of Department)
- Mr M Walker (Teacher of Geography)
- Mrs A Cooper (Teacher of Geography/Headteacher)
The geography department at All Hallows aims to produce geographers with a love for the subject and natural fascination of the world around them. We further aim to inspire pupils to consider answers to geographical questions and to develop “a renewed sense of shared responsibility for our world” (Pope Francis). Teaching should equip pupils with substantive knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a disciplinary knowledge of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and how they interact. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will be built upon to help them deepen their understanding and prepare them will the knowledge and skills they will need for life.
Pupils should strengthen the knowledge and skills acquired at KS2 and use it to develop a substantive and disciplinary knowledge of the world around them. This will occur over the three years of KS3 through varied topics with the National Curriculum themes of locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
In Year 7 pupils will study:
- Our country
- Food Resources
- Cliff’s Farm Enquiry
- Our Changing Planet
In Year 8 pupils will study:
- Our Continent
- Weather and Climate
- Marine Environments
- Urban Environments
- Liverpool CBD Field Trip
In Year 9 pupils will study:
- Our World
- The Economy
- Earthquakes and volcanoes
- The Middle East
The AQA Specification is followed.
Geography is taught by specialist teachers in three 50 minute lessons per week.
The choice of course at GCSE aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills acquired at KS3 and to allow pupils to use prior knowledge to develop a substantive and disciplinary knowledge of the world around them. This will occur over two years at KS4.
AQA: “Students will travel the world from their 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. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes”. This course includes fieldwork.
The qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale – where 9 is the best grade.
Paper 1 – Living with the Physical Environment 35% (1 hour 30 minute exam)
- The Challenge of Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, extreme weather and climate change).
- The Living World (Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts).
- Physical Landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers).
Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment 35% (1 hour 30 minute exam)
- Urban Issues and Challenges (Rio de Janeiro and a UK City)
- The Changing Economic World (Nigeria and the UK)
- The Challenge of Resource Management (focus on water).
Paper 3 – Geographical Application 30% (1 hour 15 minute exam)
- Issue evaluation – a decision making exercise based on a pre-release resource booklet issued 12 weeks before the exam
- Fieldwork – two local fieldwork studies that investigate a human topic and a physical topic. The methods and processes used in the completion of fieldwork will be assessed in this written examination.
Geographical skills will be examined throughout each of the three papers.
We are proud of Geography’s inclusion within the English Baccalaureate and its importance in the holistic development of students. This exciting and relevant course studies the subject in a balance framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.
Extra-curricular Activities and visits
The department runs a variety of fieldtrips and visits to enhance pupil’s learning.
Y7: Cliffs Farm, Mawdesely. To investigate if Cliff’s farm is a traditional working farm. Pupils spend half the day completing their geography fieldwork, then the other half of the day on the Rock & River activities at the farm.
Y8: Licerpool CBD Fieldwork. Pupils will investigate the geography of Liverpool city centre through gathering techniques such as environmental quality surveys, traffic counts, pedestrian counts and questionnaires.
Y10: Fieldwork is a compulsory element of the AQA Geography GCSE course. Pupils carry out fieldwork on two separate occasions. Trip one investigates regeneration of an old industrial environment at Salford Quays, Manchester and trip two gives pupils opportunity to investigate changes in the River Wyre and the flood defences in place to protect local settlements.