The following members of staff form the geography department at King Edwards:
- Miss K Niesiolowska (Head of Geography)
- Miss G Merry (Second in Geography)
- Miss R Thomas (Teacher of Geography)
- Mrs K Riley (Teacher of Geography)
Geography is highly valued humanities subject that aims to bridge the gap between Arts and Science. It is widely recognised as an academically ‘robust’ subject that prepares students to think in depth about current topics. Here at King Edwards we are firm believers in ‘living through’ geography and applying our own knowledge and experiences to the subject in order to develop our understanding.
The Royal Geographical Society states Geography informs us about:
- The places and communities in which we live and work
- Our natural environments and the pressures they face
- The interconnectedness of the world and our communities within it
- How and why the world is changing, globally and locally
- How our individual and societal actions contribute to those changes
- The choices that exist in managing our world for the future
- The importance of location in business and decision-making
Our KS3 curriculum works to develop student’s knowledge and further understanding of each of these areas, taking into account recent changes the government have put in place (below).
|Human and physical geography
In addition, students are expected to practise and further their experience in the application of geographical skills such as map reading, use of GIS and the ability to analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.
KS3 Curriculum at KEVI
Each of the units is created to fulfil the current government requirements for KS3 curriculum but are also designed to allow students to progress through time by creating a challenging curriculum that builds on previous skills and knowledge e.g. at year 7 students are expected to create a speech based on information discussed in class on tourism in Kenya which draws on the basic stages of blooms taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension and application). Later in Year 9 students are asked to debate ethical trading by looking at the example of Primark. In this case students need to analyse and evaluate different ideas and create their own view point from various sources, using higher order thinking skills.
In addition to providing a challenging curriculum, our staff aims to deliver creative and engaging lessons to ensure the enjoyment of lessons and develop positive relationships between students and staff. Examples include:
- Creating a Maasai settlement
- Use of ICT to create an animation of an Ox-bow lake
- Using crime statistic websites to design a crime-proof neighbourhood
- Exploring the ‘MARS ONE’ project to see what population we would create on Mars
- Playing the ‘Jelly baby’ population game to understanding demographics of a population
- Creation of a 3D volcano to illustrate understanding of the formation of a volcano
- Interactive Montserrat decision making exercise
- Plus many more!!
At King Edwards we follow the AQA A specification which is assessed in three units:
- Controlled Assessment (25%)
- Unit 1: Physical Environments (37.5%)
- Unit 2: Human Environments (37.5%)
This specification allows students to explore a balance of human and physical topics which are taught in six discrete modules that will be assessed in two separate modules at the end of Year 11. The following topics are taught at KEVI:
- The Coastal Zone
- Changing Urban Environments
- Ice on Land
- The Restless Earth
- The Development Gap
Although the topics are taught discreetly, each topic interlinks to allow students to gain a wider geographical understanding.
The controlled assessment allows students to gain and apply fieldwork skills. Data is gathered and completed half way through the GCSE course and assessed at the end of Year 11. The topic of the CA changes year on year and the title of the next piece is released by AQA a year in advance to allow the department to prepare the data collection fieldtrip.
In addition to the compulsory fieldtrip as part of the CA, there is also the opportunity for students to go on a trip to Iceland at the end of year 10. This visit allows students to experience many of the landscapes discussed in KS3/KS4 geography first hand. These include glacial landscapes, volcanic and tectonic processes, fluvial processes and have the time of their lives!
At King Edwards we follow the AQA specification at A-Level which currently comprises of:
This specification again allows the balance between human and physical topics. It also allows synopticty to heavily influence A2 geography making the syllabus more challenging allowing students to continue to progress and build on their knowledge. The topics covered in A-Level geography at KEVI include:
- Tectonics and Vulcanicity
- Weather and Climate
The skills element at AS requires students to collect data to analyse and evaluate in an examination. In order to do this, students carry out a week long residential fieldcourse to the Lake District in order to collect hydrological and population data. In addition students will gain valuable knowledge about post-glacial landscapes that they may incorporate into examinations.