St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
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Geography

The Geography department is a long established department in the school whose main aim is to stimulate an interest in and awareness of environmental patterns, processes and issues operating in our contemporary world.

Our objectives are to assist pupils to:

  • acquire knowledge about our environment;
  • develop skills to understand and interpret the environment especially ICT skills;
  • develop the ability to make reasoned value judgements concerning environmental issue

These elements will be studied at a variety of scales namely at local, national and global levels.

There are three specialist Geography teachers in the department.

Whilst encouraging pupils in the pursuit of academic excellence, through a wide variety of programmes of study, we also hope to develop a caring community by recognising and inspiring values of respect for the environment and those of different cultural backgrounds who share that environment.

All pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 study Geography; those in Years 11 and 12 have the option of pursuing Geography to GCSE; and those with satisfactory grades can take Geography on at 'AS' and continue on to 'A2' level. Fieldwork is carried out, weather and time permitting, in Years 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 using the scientific approach which underpins all our investigations. Cross curricular links are developed with other departments and joint school trips organised. Our most recent A Level trips to Italy and London helped reinforce classroom learning in the areas of sustainable tourism and urban regeneration.

As the pace of technological change alters the quality and shape of our environment, at all levels so it becomes ever important for pupils to understand these changes and predict possible outcomes. Geography is one subject at the forefront of this quest.


 

Programmes of Study

 

Key Stage 3

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

  • What is Geography

 

  •  Making and mapping connections.

 

  • Latitude & Longitude

 

  • Migration & Diversity

 

  • Exploring Ireland and Britain

 

  • Rivers

 

  • Coping with floods

 

  • Europe

 

  • Energy

 

  • Weather

 

  • Coasts

 

  • Brazil

 

 

  • Globalisation
  • Coffee Break
  • Get the Picture
  • Earning a living

 

  • Antarctica
  • Development

 

  • Tourism

 


 Key Stage 4

Year 11 CCEA

Year 12 CCEA

 

Unit 1 Understanding Our Natural World

(Physical Geography)

 

This unit covers the following themes:

 

Theme A: The Dynamic Landscape(50%)

 

Theme B: Our Changing Weather and Climate (25%)

 

Theme C: The Restless Earth (25%)

 

Unit 2 Living in Our World

(Human Geography)

 

This unit covers the following themes:

 

Theme A: People and Where They Live (50%)

 

Theme B: Contrasts in World Development (25%)

 

Theme C: Managing Our Resources (25%)

 

Unit 3: Fieldwork Report Controlled Assessment

 

Candidates must complete a report of no more than 2000 words based on primary data collection.25%

 

Summer Terminal

External written exam 1 hour 30 minutes 

 

Summer Year 11

External written exam 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Summer Year 12


A Level

AS Unit 1 Physical Geography  (including fieldwork skills)

A2 1: Human Interactions and Global Issues

 

Fluvial environments

1(a) Processes and features in fluvial environments

 

1(b) Human interaction with the Fluvial environment

 

Ecosystem

2(a) The ecosystem as an open system

 

2(b) Plant Succession

 

2(c) Human interaction with ecosystems

 

Atmosphere

3(a) Atmospheric Processes

 

3(b) Mid-latitude Weather systems

 

Impact of Population Change

 

1 Natural population change

 

2 Migration: causes, streams and impacts

 

3 Population policies

 

Planning for Sustainable Settlements

1 Sustainable Development

 

2 Urban land use and planning in relation to sustainability

 

3 Traffic and transport

 

Issue

 

Nuclear energy

Assessment

External examination paper (to include an assessment of fieldwork)

 

1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS

25% of A Level

 

Summer

 

Assessment

External examination paper

 

 

1 hour 30 minutes

25% of A Level

 

 

Summer

 

AS 2: Human Geography (including skills and techniques)

A2 2: Physical Geography and Decision-Making

 

Population

1(a) Population Data

 

1(b) Population Structure

1(c) Population and resources

Settlement

2(a) Challenges for rural environments

2(b) Planning issues in rural Environments

2(c) Challenges for the urban environment

 

Development

3(a) The nature and measurement of development

3(b) Issues of development

 

Fluvial and Coastal Environments

1 Human demands on fluvial and Coastal environments

2 River and basin management strategies

3 Coastal processes, features and management

 

The Nature and Sustainability of Tropical Ecosystems

1 Location and climatic characteristics of major tropical biomes

2 Ecosystem processes in the tropical forest environment

3 Management and sustainability within tropical ecosystems

 

The Decision-Making Exercise

                Assessment

External examination paper (to include an assessment of skills and techniques)

 

1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS

25% of A Level

 

Summer

 

Assessment

External examination paper (to include a decision makingexercise)

 

2 hours 30

minutes

25% of A Level

 

Summer only

 


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