Geography

The geography department at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School is dynamic and innovative. We aim to develop students’ understanding of the world in which we live and broaden their horizons, encouraging them to develop a greater global awareness. The subject is delivered by experienced geography specialists.

Years 7-9

Students are taught in mixed ability teaching groups in years 7 and 8, and 9 and we follow the National Curriculum.

Year 7 Topics include:
Geology and National Parks
Map Skills
Ice
Environment
Tectonic Hazards
Africa
Year 8

Topics include:
Polluted Earth
Going Green
Rivers and flooding
Weather & climate
Extreme weather
China

Year 9

Topics include:
Introduction to GCSE Geography
Conflict
Global Development
Coasts
Urbanisation

Coursebooks used Geog.1,2 and 3 Oxford University Press
Atlases
Recommended websites
for research or revision
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg
http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

Years 10 and 11

Geography is increasingly popular as a choice at GCSE and is highly regarded as a facilitating A level choice. Students tell us that they enjoy their geography and perceive it as an area in which they can succeed.

Qualification GCSE
Board OCR Specification B (Geography for Enquiring Minds)
Syllabus number J384
Website link

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography-b-geography-for-enquiring-minds-j384-from-2016/

Assessment details 35% Paper One: Our Natural World
35% Paper Two: People and Society
30% Paper Three: Geographical Exploration
Fieldwork details Students are required to attend and write up two fieldtrips.  Students investigate the effects of tourism in York and complete a local river study in Tideswell Dale.
Recommended coursebook GCSE Geography OCR B, Oxford University Press
Note: this must be the 2016 edition or newer, which is for the 9-1 GCSE.
Recommended revision guides CGP GCSE Geography OCR B: Geography for Enquiring Minds Revision Guide
CGP also do an ‘online’ revision book if students prefer.
Note: this must be the 2016 edition or newer which is for the 9-1 GCSE.
Recommended websites https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gcse-geography-revise-better/id802990908?mt=8

Ways in which you can help your child

The geography course is based on real places and events. Regular family discussion around current affairs and environmental issues would be particularly helpful. If your child is completing research tasks, helping them to search for information effectively is useful and helping them to save selective websites to their favourites tab can assist them in obtaining reliable, accurate information written in child friendly language, for example, the National Geographic Kids or Encyclopaedia Britannica websites.

Educational Visits

The geography department organises numerous trips to explore our fantastic local and national environment.

Ofsted Outstanding School
Peak 11
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