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Announcements  

Mon 30 Oct – Fri 3 Nov (inc)
- Half-Term (Hallowe’en)

Tue 7 Nov (no pupils to attend)
- School Development Day

Wed 20 Dec (12.20 pm finish)
- Last day of Christmas Term

Thur 21 Dec – Tue 2 Jan (inc)
- Christmas Holidays


 Geography
   
Staff

 

Head of Department:

Ms J McElrea, BSc PGCE

 

Teaching Staff:

Mr C Jellie, BEd MTeach

Mr M Rainey, BEd

Dr M Wood, BA PGCE
Miss A Jones, BEd
 
Miss J Rollins, BSc PGCE

 

Curriculum

 

‘Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future’ Michael Palin

 

The Geography Department at Belfast High School aims to encourage pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in our dynamic and changing world. We want pupils to be inspired by the world around them and to develop their role as global citizens.

 

Key Stage 3:

The Geography Department follows the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3. An exciting and balanced programme of study embraces the cross curricular skills (Communication, Using ICT and Using Mathematics) and thinking skills and personal capabilities.

 

Units Of Study

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Map Skills

Population

Plate Tectonics

Northern Ireland

Kenya

Tourism

Weather and Climate

Environment and Resources

Careers in Geography

Settlement

Rivers and Coasts

Fashion

Indian Ocean Tsunami

World Issues

Italy

 

Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4 pupils study the CCEA Specification for GCSE Geography. The specification build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at Key Stage 3.

 

Unit

Title

Theme

1

Understanding Our Natural World

A The Dynamic Earth

B Our Changing Weather & Climate

C The Restless Earth

2

Living in Our Natural World

A People & Where They Live

B Contrasts in World Development

C Managing Our Resources

3

Fieldwork Report

Controlled Assessment

 

 

Key Stage 5:

At Key Stage 5 pupils study the CCEA Specification for AS and A Level.

 

Unit

Title

Theme

AS1

Physical Geography (including fieldwork skills)

A Fieldwork Skills

B Fluvial Environments

    Ecosystems

    Atmospheric Systems

AS2

Human Geography (including skills and techniques)

A Skills and Techniques

B Population

    Rural and Urban Environment

    Development

A21

Human Interactions and Global Issues

A Impact of Population Change

    Issues in Ethnic Diversity

B Tourism

A22

Physical Geography and Decision Making

A The Nature and Sustainability of Tropical Ecosystems 
The Dynamic Earth

B Decision Making

 

Facilities and Resources

 

There are two dedicated Geography classrooms which are equipped with an interactive whiteboard or data projector and networked computers. Fieldwork plays an important part in the Geography curriculum. There are annual trips to Magilligan Field Centre and a two day residential to Derrygonnelly Field Centre, Co Fermanagh. A Level students may also attend a variety of relevant lectures provided by the Geographical Association in partnership with Queen’s University, Belfast.

 

Useful links

 

CCEA Geography Microsite www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/geography/

National Geographic www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/uk/

International Database www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGateway.php

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/Home.aspx