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 using department laptops, GIS software and interactive whiteboards.
- Develop pupils' thinking skills using decision making exercises
- Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues
- Develop pupils as active citizens
- Transform pupils attitudes to learning using Growth Mindet 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 student led teaching activities along with teacher led interactive lessons. 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. 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 map skills, rivers, population change and Geology. This encourages students to know what geography is and to use key geographical terms. New skills are introduced and developed. Students study the physical features of the various courses of a river, how it changes from source to mouth and the impact of humans. They go on to study four climates of the world and their location in relation to latitude lines.
In Year 8, students begin the year by studying the various aspects of natural disasters including environmental, social and economic impacts through decision making exercises and cross-curricular activities for literacy. They then move on to investigating world ecosystems and how weather works. They focus on the human and physical causes and impacts of climate change and how countries can work together to fight against it.
Key Stage 4
The department currently study the Edexcel A GCSE specification, which is both contemporary and dynamic.
We use a varied and interactive style of teaching, incorporating creativity of the core features of the Geography curriculum at Meols Cop High School. The course has adopted a Linear structure and is split into three exams in year 11. These incorporate physical geography, human geography and key skills.
Paper 1: Physical Geography; geology, coasts, rivers, weather and climate change and ecosystems.
Paper 2: Human Geography; changing cities, global development, Natural resources and energy.
Paper 3: Geographical investigations – Fieldwork and UK challenges
Fieldwork and extracurricular activities are an important part of the learning experience. As part of the GCSE course students are required to carry out two fieldwork investigations. The fieldwork includes a physical study of a river or coastal landscape and a human study of an urban area. Along with this we often offer students an opportunity to visit the Holderness coast on an overnight stay in year 11 to enhance revision for the final exams. In the past we have led an international trip to Iceland and aim to provide more of these exciting excursions to our future students.