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Welcome to the LHS Geography Department

Why should I choose Geography?

 
The world we live in is constantly changing, perhaps more so now than ever. Geography increases our awareness and understanding of these changes and empowers us to become active global citizens. 
 
The geography department at LHS consists of four dedicated and knowledgeable members of staff and three large classrooms located on the ground floor of the 'new block'. As a department, we want our students to enjoy geography at school and develop a spirit of inquiry about their personal and local geographies as well as the wider national and international context.
 
Learning outside of the classroom through fieldwork is an important part of the geography curriculum at LHS. Throughout their geography careers at LHS, students will have multiple opportunities to study in the field locally and abroad.
 

Teaching Staff

 

Our Social Media Accounts

TwitterLHS Geography Twitter Account
YoutubeLHS Official YouTube Geography Playlist

Extra curricular information

Trips

The geography department is committed to offering a trip abroad open to all GCSE and A level geographers biannually. This ensures that all geography students will have the opportunity to experience a geography trip abroad if they want and are able to. Previous trips have included Iceland and Italy. Next year we are heading to the Bay of Naples to experience Mount Vesuvius and the beautiful Amalfi coast (amongst other things). 

KS3 Geography Club

Run by Y12 students - One lunchtime a week. Help with homework, Geographical games, documentaries and more… 

Revision sessions

Y11 are offered a range of revision sessions and targeted interventions throughout their final year of KS4. 

RGS annual geography competition 

We encourage students to enter the annual Royal Geographical Society young geographer of the year competitions. This year the theme was 'The world beyond my window'. 

 

Key Stage 3 Information

We are currently working hard with other subjects within the Humanities AOLE to improve our KS3 provision ready for the exciting new Curriculum for Wales. The aim is to encourage learners to engage with the most important issues facing humanity, including sustainability and social change, and help to develop the skills necessary to interpret and articulate the past and the present. With this in mind, we anticipate the KS3 curriculum to evolve and develop over the coming years. Below is our current curriculum offering at KS3:

Year 7 topics (3 lessons per fortnight)

  • Skills and Maps
  • Extreme Weather & Climate Change
  • Settlement
  • Rivers
  • Population and development

Year 8 topics (3 lessons per fortnight)

  • Ecosystems
  • Tectonics
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism

Assessment

Student’s work is continually assessed using a variety of methods including peer, self and bookmarking. Students will be assessed at the end of each topic through a test or an extended piece of work.

Useful resources:

BBC Bitesize


 

Key Stage 4 Information

Geography is a popular GCSE option at LHS, we currently have 3 sets in Y9, 4 sets in Y10 and 3 in Y11 and recent GCSE results have been amongst the strongest in the school. Students go on two field trips as part of the course and also have the opportunity to join us on a non-compulsory trip abroad during their GCSE years (see trip section for more info. At KS4, students receive 4 lessons per fortnight, In Y11 additional revision sessions will be available.

At GCSE, we follow the WJEC specification. Information and the full specification can be found here.

 

LHS GCSE Geography results 2019:

A* - A - 40% 
A* - C - 78% 
A* - E - 98%
 

Year 9 topics 

  • Theme 1 - Landscapes, river and coasts
  • Theme 2 - Rural and urban links, population changes and global cities

Year 10 topics 

  • Theme 3 - Tectonic processes and landforms, vulnerability and hazard reduction
  • Theme 5 - Climate, weather and ecosystems
  • Physical fieldwork  - Summer term

Year 11 topics 

  • Human fieldwork and completion of the NEA - Autumn Term
  • Theme 6 - Development, Inequality and resource management
  • Theme 8 - Environmental challenges

Assessment

Unit

Type of Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1 – Changing Physical and Human Landscapes (Themes 1, 2 & 3)
Written examination: 1hr 30mins.
83 marks.
 
Data response and extended response questions.
40%
Unit 2 – Environmental and Development Issues (Themes 5, 6 & 8)
Written examination: 1hr 30mins.
83 marks.
 
Data response and extended response questions.
40%
Unit 3 – Fieldwork Enquiry (NEA)
Written fieldwork report completed in class: 2hr 30mins. 
44 marks.
 
Includes data presentation, analysis and some extended responses.
20%

Resources

Useful books to support learning
 

 

Useful websites to support learning


 

Key Stage 5 Information

A level Geography at LHS is a very successful and popular course. The subject complements many other subjects and provides students with a range of transferable skills which can be used in a range of FE courses and the world of work. We have recently seen several Y13 students apply to study geography at top universities.

Students go on two trips in Y12 - The Gower (Coasts) and Cardiff (Changing places) and also have the opportunity to design and carry out their own fieldwork investigation in Y13. They will have priority on any Geography trips abroad during their time in the sixth form.

During the A level course there are also opportunities for students to use our links with local universities, these include, case study conferences, study days and sample lectures. 

LHS A-Level Geography results 2019:

A* - 33%
A* - A - 50% 
A* - C - 67% 
A* - E - 100%

 

At A level we follow the WJEC specification. Information and the full specification can be found here.

 

AS - Topics and Assessment

Unit

Assessment

A level weighting and marks

Content and question type

AS Unit 1: Changing Landscapes Written exam: 2 hours 24% of qualification
(96 marks)
Section A: Coastal landscapes -  Two structured questions with data response
 
Section B: Tectonic Hazards - Three structured questions with data response
AS Unit 2: Changing Places Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 16% of qualification
(64 marks)
Section A: Changing Places - Two structured questions with data response
 
Section B: Fieldwork Investigation in Physical and Human Geography - Three structured questions with data response on fieldwork and the learner's own fieldwork investigation

 

A2 - Topics and Assessment

Unit

Assessment

A level weighting and marks

Content and question type

A2 Unit 3: Global Systems and Global Governance Written exam: 2 hours 24% of qualification 
(96 marks)
Section A: Global Systems - Water and Carbon Cycles -  Two structured questions with data response and one extended response question
 
Section B: Global Governance: Change and Challenges, Processes and patterns of global migration and global governance of the Earth's oceans - Two structured questions with data response and one extended response question
 
Section C: 21st Century Challenges - One extended response question drawing on Units 1, 2 and 3 with resource material
A2 Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography Written exam: 2 hours 16% of qualification
(64 marks)
Section A: Tectonic Hazards - One extended response question
 
Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography: Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Energy Challenges and Dilemmas - Two essay questions, one on each chosen theme
A2 Unit 5: Independent Investigation Non-exam assessment: 4000 words 20% of qualification 80 marks One written independent investigation, based on the collection of both primary data and secondary information

Resources

Useful books and student guides that we recommend you purchase:

 

There is also a Revision Notes book which is useful for revision and recapping.

Useful NEA guides:

  • Geography review magazine - Brilliant for wider reading (recommended for those pushing for A*s) - Topical articles, brand new case studies and expert exam advice

Useful websites

 

RESOURCES

Prospectus
Sixth Form Prospectus
Policy & Equality Documents