Curriculum

Geography

Department

Geography

Resources

Geography at Meols Cop is a dynamic and exhilarating subject, relevant to students' everyday lives. We aim to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, helping young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Students should be able to identify where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Through Geography we also:
  • Improve pupils' skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT
  • Develop pupils' thinking skills
  • Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues
  • Develop pupils as active citizens
  • Transform pupils attitudes to learning using the 6C's and PLTS to make them more independent and considerate learners


In Geography, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and combine these with enquiry-based research activities. Children are encouraged to ask as well as answer geographical questions, use a variety of data and to use ICT. We recognise that there are children of different abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all students by matching the challenge of the task to their ability. This is achieved by:
  • setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • setting tasks of increasing difficulty (some children will complete all of the tasks);
  • grouping children by ability within the learning activity and setting different tasks to each ability group;
  • providing resources of different complexity according to the ability of the child;
  • using classroom assistants to effectively support the work of individual children or groups of children.


Key Stage 3

The geography curriculum gives learners the freedom to engage with geographical concepts, and to be enthused through topical issues, such as climate change and sustainable development, as they build on their experiences and understanding of local areas.

Geography is taught through an exciting Scheme of Work at KS3. Topics have been allocated to each year group based on QCDA guidance and each scheme is designed to build on prior knowledge and understanding, developing and enhancing pupils' written skill set.

In Year 7, learning focuses on the topics of My Global Passport, Map skills, and Climates of the World. This encourages students to know what geography is and to use key geographical terms. New skills are introduced and developed. Students study 5 climates of the world and their location in relation to latitude lines.
In Year 8, students study Crime, Rivers, and Natural disasters. They investigate the causes of crime by analysing crime data and identifying methods of prevention. In the second unit, they learn about the physical features of the various courses of a river, how it changes from source to mouth and the impact of humans. In the final term, students learn the theory behind 5 natural disasters. There are various aspects of learning including environmental, social, economic impacts, decision making exercises, and cross-curricular activities for literacy.
Year 9 students engage in a study of development, the geography of conflict, and tourism. Learning activities include comparing and contrasting a variety of countries using development indicators, historical factors, and exemplar case studies. Students identify where wars take place and the reason for such conflicts.

Key Stage 4

The department has introduced a new GCSE, 'edexcel A', which is both contemporary and dynamic. A varied and interactive style of teaching, incorporating PLTS, SEAL and creativity are core features of the Geography curriculum at Meols Cop High School. The course has adopted a modular structure to offer flexibility.

The course is broken up into four units of work, all equal in value.

Year 10
Unit 2 Natural environments - Tectonics & Wasteful world (25% of the overall marks)
Unit 1 Skills & challenges to the planet (25% of the overall marks)

Year 11
Unit 3 Human environments - Population & Migration (25% of the overall marks)
Unit 4 Controlled assessment - Field work investigation (25% of the overall marks)

Enrichment

Fieldwork and extracurricular activities are an important part of the learning experience, and the department is currently planning a cross-curricular study visit to Iceland for all GCSE geography pupils, focusing on the natural world around them.