Geography at La Mare de Carteret High School strives to be topical, motivating, stimulating and challenging. We aim to give every pupil access to a relevant and interesting curriculum where they can become effective contributors to the issues and topics being taught. Geography aims to create successful learners where pupils can access and learn a range of subject-specific and transferable skills; graphicacy, literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem-solving, teamwork, thinking skills and enquiry.
Pupils will be learning to make well-informed judgements about current issues e.g. decisions about their environment and sustainable development through their investigations, role play and debate. Geography empowers all young people to become responsible citizens and confident individuals who are able to make decisions and contribute to the community in their adult life.
Geography at Key Stage 3
Geography at KS3 offers a variety of different units that covers all aspects of Geography from the traditional human and physical Geography units, to skill based units. The units offered throughout the three years provide the building blocks for Key Stage 4 GCSE. When students start at La Mare de Carteret High School the first topic covers basic Geographical skills that are required throughout the three years. In the Spring Term, Year 7 focus on “Finding the Way” to develop map skills and complete a unit on local Geography. In the Summer term, the topic is “Why does it Rain on Me?” which provides knowledge of weather and climate.
Year 8 starts with students studying the unit called ‘Hot Rocks and Shocks’ which is all about Natural Disasters with an in-depth focus on Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis. The Spring term is ‘Ice Cream and Chocolate’ which focuses on Tourism and Fair Trade, the final Summer term unit is ‘The Environment – Who Cares?’ this focuses on World Environments all the way down to the Local Environment.
Year 9 units of work have a great overlap with Key Stage 4 GCSE Units so that students can experience what GCSE Geography is about and decide whether they want to opt for the subject. The Autumn term is split into two units ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ focusing on the Coast and the second half of the term is ‘Who get’s the money? Focusing on Sport and Fashion linked to Globalisation Geography. The Spring term focuses on ‘Why do I Live Here?’ which is Population and Migration Geography, another link to a GCSE unit. The final term of Geography in Year 9 is the Geography of Skills and the Cross-Curricular Haiti Project. The Haiti Project allows the students to work together in both Geography and French to learn in depth about Haiti, the 2010 Earthquake and how they can work together to support the local charity Bridge 2 Haiti.
Assessment at Key Stage 3
Assessment is an ongoing process and students are formally assessed each term on their work. The Geography Department has worked on providing a variety of assessments throughout the three years that allows the students to be assessed on knowledge, skills, creativity and essay style assessments. Progress is monitored and used to help them develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in the subject.
Geography at Key Stage 4
Currently Geography at GCSE follows the AQA A Syllabus; however, this is expected to change in September 2016 with the introduction of new GCSE Specifications and changes to the GCSE Grading System. The AQA A Syllabus is split into three sections:
One 90 minute Exam on Physical Geography – Coastal Zone, Restless Earth & Water on the Land.
One 90 minute Exam on Human Geography – Population, Tourism, Globalisation.
One 20 Hour Controlled Assessment that includes a local field trip – to Herm or St Peter Port which is all completed in class.
Assessment at Key Stage 4
Every Student is provided with both a Revision Workbook and Guide. The Revision workbooks are an integral part of the ongoing assessment and evaluation of student work. All students are encouraged to use the Revision Workbook to regularly complete homework and to set targets and evaluate their learning through the use of the Purple Pen of Progress. Extension tasks are also available to challenge all students so that they can further their knowledge and understanding. The Revision Workbooks are filled in by the students and marked by the class teacher to provide feedback, targets and grades where appropriate.
Assessment is an ongoing process and students are formally assessed each term on their work. Progress is monitored to help them develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in the subject.
How can you help your child?
Have an atlas available at home and look up places that are in the news.
When travelling within the Bailiwick of Guernsey encourage your child to take note of place names, parishes and important landmarks.
When travelling out of the Bailiwick of Guernsey encourage your child to use maps and to discuss the journey and the destination beforehand.
Geography PDF files to View and Download
Staff who teach Geography at La Mare de Carteret High School
Mrs E Mauger – Head of Department
Mrs W Shapcott
We have high expectations for all our children and young people
The Geography curriculum enables them to become:
are we trying
|Responsible citizens||Effective contributors||Successful learners||Confident Individuals|
Examples of how the curriculum enables student’s to achieve these characteristics:
|In KS3 geography students learn about|
“ Our Island, Our Home”
Students learn to identify the geographical layout of Guernsey as well as how the island has been formed.
Students gain an understanding of the impact humans have on the environment in Guernsey and beyond.
Students discover how to be responsible for the impact they can have on the world around them by studying the local environment, recycling & eco-schools, world ecosystems & G8.
|Students respond in several ways to their own learning and that of their peers and take part in group activities and discussions.|
Peer assessment allows deeper understanding of students own work and that of others.
Target setting and establishing next steps brings an awareness of how to progress and contribute to own learning.
Learning beyond the classroom gives opportunities to extend knowledge.
|In KS3, students are able to apply skills learnt across other subjects.|
Those transferable skills allow for students to be able to confidently access the curriculum.
Use of ICT and iPad technology gives opportunities for independent study and home learning as well as classroom based activities.
Cross curricular projects are also part of their wider learning to encourage a thirst for knowledge.
|Students are encouraged to learn about their environment and how they connect to the rest of the world.
Preparation in KS3 brings confidence with the next steps towards their GCSE’S and the curriculum is very much based on those foundation skills.
In years 7, 8 and 9, students learn to describe, explain and analyse key terms and are encouraged to understand how the key geography terms fit into the world after school.