In the Geography department, we are fortunate to have interactive whiteboards. We have been successful in a bid to obtain a Raspberry Pi weather station which will be located on the school grounds with a direct, live data supply local weather statistics.
The aim of this Department is to provide a broad and balanced geographical education and to stimulate interest within and beyond the classroom. Geography is becoming ever more relevant and an important area of study in today’s rapidly and constantly changing physical and human environments. In direct response to these developments, the staff of the Department is constantly adapting to and absorbing new ideas, skills and techniques to empower us to equip students with both the knowledge and skills to interact with, understand and protect the world around them Geographers explore both the physical nature of earth and the human societies living upon it.
In Year 11 the pupils cover paper 1 (Physical Geography) which includes:
Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World
Theme A: River Environments
Theme B: Coastal Environments
Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate
Theme D: The Restless Earth
In Year 11 they will also complete Unit 3 which is their fieldwork investigation examination; this takes the form of a day trip to the river Shimna where the pupils study the changes down a course of the river. An examination follows which is based upon their application of geographical skills.
Paper 2 (Human Geography) is covered in Year 12, the pupils will learn about:
Unit 2: Living in Our World
Theme A: Population and Migration
Theme B: Changing Urban Areas
Theme C: Contrasts in World Development
Theme D: Managing Our Environment
Each paper is worth 37.5% of the overall grade and will last 1 hour 30 minutes, whilst the fieldwork examination makes up 25 %.
Unit 1 – 37.5%
Unit 2 – 37.5 %
Unit 3 – 25%
The table below summarises the structures of the AS and A-Level courses:
Decision Making Exercise
This takes the form of a case study. Students are presented with a variety of resources which may include maps, statistics, reports, diagrams and photographs. They must then identify and analyse appropriate material and are required to use particular skills and techniques and to evaluate the results of analysis. Students are asked to take on a particular role for answering part of the exercise and to examine conflicting values which may be apparent in the case study. They are required to consider alternative choices and to make and justify recommendations.
The department is a member of the Geographical Association; Year 13 and Year 14 pupils attend lectures by the GA on a wide range of issues in relation to their specifications. Year 13 pupils whom attend lectures become a member of the GA which can be used on their UCAS application form as it is a professional body. The GA runs an annual quiz which students in Year’s 11 and 12 from schools across Northern Ireland compete.
The study of Geography would not be complete without fieldtrips. A brief summary is included below:
Year 9 Coastal Processes and Management in Newcastle
Year 11 – River Features
Year 12 – Urban Redevelopment
Year 13 – Fluvial Environments
Year 14 – Investigating Tourism in Dublin
Extra-Curricular trips have included trips to Sorrento Bay in Italy and Iceland.
Achievement recognised by Royal School Armagh St Mark’s Parish Church, Armagh was the venue on Thursday 21st September for our annual Speech Night. Following the academic procession, the ceremony was [...]