This is a bright and lively department that encourages pupils to understand and explore the world locally, nationally, internationally and globally.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our fieldwork opportunities in all years at a variety of environments to enable pupils to develop geographical skills. We encourage pupils to take part in group discussions but also emphasise the importance of independent study. Our Key Stage 3 programme is designed to engage and enthuse pupils about Geography and to make them curious about the world around them. However, it also prepares pupils for success at GCSE, through the skills, techniques and knowledge they gain, and promotes further study of Geography beyond the walls of Ian Ramsey.
Aims of the Department:
- To promote enjoyment and further study of Geography
- To give pupils a knowledge and understanding of the UK and the Wider World
- To help pupils understand how Geography relates to their everyday lives and how it is useful outside of school
- To encourage pupils to explore Geography issues in the media in order to create informed opinions
- To contribute to the personal, social and moral well being of every pupil through the study of Geography
Topics / Areas of Study:
- It’s Your Planet
- Dynamic Earth
- Asia and It’s Regions
- Weather and Climate
- Development and Africa
- Resources and Climate Change
GCSE – AQA Specification
- Natural hazards intro
- Tectonic hazards
- Weather hazards
- Climate change
- Ecosystems intro
- Tropical rain forests
- Hot deserts
- UK physical landscapes
- River landscapes in the UK
- Glacial landscapes in the UK
- Urban issues and challenges
- Urban issues and challenges
- The changing economic world
- Resource management intro
- Issues Evaluation – This will also be practised throughout the year
Legacy GCSE – Edexcel A
- Controlled Assessment
- Economic Change
- Challenges for the planet
The Geography Department are proud have a wide range of field trip experiences at Ian Ramsey. We highly value field trips as part of your learning in geography. This is a crucial part of learning about the world! This year we will be visiting:
Year 7 – Redcar – A new trip to the coast looking at coastal features and processes. Pupils will be carry our experiments and measurements on the beach to answer some key questions. We will also be working with the maths and art departments.
Year 8 – Stockton – A trip to study urban geography in Stockton town centre. You will be looking at the recent regeneration of the town centre and investigating where or not it is sustainable. Pupils will be carrying out measurements to answer key questions.
Year 9 – River Tees – Pupils will be visiting various locations along the River Tees and using equipment to take measurements along the river to answer some key questions revolving around the changing nature of the river from source to mouth.
Year 8 & 9 – Switzerland – Building on the success of Iceland and Switzerland over the past 3 years, the department will be going on another international trip in 2017.
Year 10 – River Tees – Pupils will be visiting various locations along the River Tees and using equipment to take measurements along the river to answer some key questions revolving around the changing nature of the river from source to mouth.