Geography at Clare Mount
The Geography department aims to promote, encourage and develop an interest and enthusiasm for the study of Geography. We seek to develop students as geographers in three key areas:
- Geographical knowledge and understanding: Develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, processes and challenges found in different physical and human environments at a variety of scales and locations
- Geographical skills: Students will learn a range of skills to critically analyse different geographical issues and challenges to draw reasoned conclusions
- Geographical resourcefulness: Our students will become able to confidently draw upon their knowledge, understanding and skills as well as use their initiative and creativity in pursuit of solutions to the various geographical challenges they will study.
Key stage 3
Year 7 Geography at Clare Mount will encourage pupils to question and wonder at the world around them. Pupils will complete a range of units created with the aim of developing and improving their geographical skills, knowledge of places and understanding of processes. Initially they will be studying our planet, how it was formed, what makes it unique and how humans interact with it. They will then build on the map skills by using a variety of maps and advancing their knowledge of how to use them. We will also be undertaking the study of places drawn from a number of areas of the world including the UK and Europe.
Year 8 the focus will be ecosystems looking at the Amazon Basin and Hot Deserts together with an in depth study around development in year 8.
Year 9 will focus on Physical Geography including the rivers of the world, the coastal zone and tropical rainforests, pupils will visit Hilbre Island to investigate local coastal erosion. 'The Restless Earth' a study of earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics
Mount Rinjani Lombok Indonesia
We study the AQA Specification at GCSE. From 2018, pupils will be graded at 9-1 under the numeric award system. The course develops a wide range of geographical skills and builds a good base of knowledge and understanding across a number of different areas.
Students will study a range of topics, some physical and some human, but all with some interaction and interconnection. Physical topics include rivers, weather hazards and ecosystems and their management. Human topics include global development and resource management. There will be two major field work opportunities, one focusing on a physical area of study, the other on a human area of study which will feature as part of the final examinations. Physical Geography field work is carried out around the Jurassic Coast in Dorset including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The Human Geography field work in Albert Dock Liverpool. There is no coursework
Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:
- engaging and topical content
- a stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary Geography to suit students of all abilities
- the study of physical and human Geography
- a focus on physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time.
- communication skills
- graphical and cartographical skills
- technological skills including ICT and GIS
- interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
- literacy and numeracy skills
- problem-solving skills
Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 1
From 2015 we will be offering pupils the chance to study Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 1. This course offers pupils an opportunity to gain a qualification in an area which is driving the Liverpool and Wirral economy with over 1 million visitors a year visiting the region
In Year 10 pupils will be working on the UK Travel Industry unit. This will help them to:
Understand the structure of the UK Travel Industry
Explore different travel options
Look at the reasons why people travel
Investigate how people make their own travel arrangements
How you can support your child
Discuss different reasons why people may travel
Choose one travel method to consider why people might select it
Research a transport provider such as Virgin trains or EasyJet airlines
Find out about an organisation that specialises in leisure travel such as Thomson or First Choice
Visit a local travel agent and discuss the advantages of booking through a travel agent