Geography at Carterton Community College

Geography has never been more relevant for study than in today’s complex and dynamic globalised world. Throughout their time at the college, the Geography Department seeks to develop in our learners a sense of wonder at the world around them and foster an understanding of what makes it function. We do this by finding links between the physical and human worlds and by examining how humans deeply affect the world around them.

Geography is taught in three dedicated teaching spaces, both equipped with full audiovisual teaching facilities including interactive whiteboards, data projectors and other pupil-level ICT facilities. Learning outside the classroom is also key to success in Geography so opportunities to engage in studies outside will be taken whenever possible.

Local area fieldwork is undertaken at Key Stage 4 for the geographical investigations module of the GCSE syllabus, with residential fieldwork in year 13 for all Geographers.

Teaching Staff
Mr Ed Brodhurst Assistant Headteacher
Mrs S Clunie Teacher
Miss M Cox Teacher, Second in English & Media Faculty
Mrs L Moss Teacher, Head of Humanities Faculty
KS3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 we broadly develop the skills of our Geographers through studying key themes that shape the world around us, including extreme weather, crime & conflict, rivers, coasts and flooding. An enquiry-based approach helps us develop the curiosity and independence of our students by investigating lesson-specific hypotheses. We also develop the skills of future geographers by studying map skills and overtly focusing on skills such as research, presentation, ICT and report writing; developing literacy is also a crucial component of our teaching and feedback.

KS4 Qualifications

We currently study the Edexcel B GCSE Geography Specification. When pupils move on to Key Stage 4 Geography, they deepen their understanding through investigating:

  • Development dynamics
  • Hazardous earth
  • Challenges of an urbanising world
  • The UK’s evolving physical & human landscapes
  • Geographical investigations
  • People and the biosphere
  • Forests under threat
  • Consuming energy resources

These modules are assessed through 3 one and a half hour exams in the summer of year 11.

KS5 Qualifications

At KS5, we run the Edexcel A level Geography syllabus. Geography at A level develops students to be high-level critical thinkers with a keen eye for global issues and how they affect the wider world. The syllabus consists of the following components:

Year 12

  • Unit 1 Dynamic landscapes
  • Unit 2 Dynamic places

Year 13

  • Unit 3 Physical systems and sustainability
  • Unit 4 Human systems and geopolitics

Residential fieldwork in North Wales is run in year 13 where students contextualise their learning across the modules and develop their fieldwork techniques of observation, data collection, analysis and report writing.

SMSC / Enrichment

The Geography department staff are extremely interested in learning outside the classroom and as a result of this are heavily involved with developing fieldwork in the department. Recent destinations have included:

  • Arran, Scotland (Year 10 residential)
  • Bournemouth (coastal studies)
  • Swindon (Retailing)
  • Cardiff Bay (Urban redevelopment)
  • Snowdonia (Cold Environments)

We are also keenly interested and active participants in outdoor activities at the college. Mr. Brodhurst and Ms. Nutley are involved the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme up to gold level and help to run outdoor activities at the college; Mr Brodhurst also runs the school expedition, which for the last two years has travelled to Greece for voluntary work with a sea turtle conservation charity and then a physical section of sea kayaking around the Ionian Isles.

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