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Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School     
Merthyr Dyfan Road
Barry
CF62 9YQ
Vale of Glamorgan

Telephone: 01446 403500

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Geography

All students study Geography at Key Stage Three. Geography is an option at Key Stage Four and Five. Geography is an academic subject and is linked both to Humanities and Science. We learn about both Physical and Human Geography environments from around the world. We develop our understanding of why things happen and how they can affect both people and the environment e.g. earthquakes or population growth. A key focus in Geography is to actively involve pupils in lessons through a variety of exciting activities to promote levels of motivation, deeper levels of learning and higher levels of attainment. We participate in a wide range of activities and develop a wide range of skills including working with others, literacy, numeracy, spatial awareness, data collection and presentations and map skills. The Geography Department runs many educational visits for all year groups including Cadbury's World, Southerndown and Bristol Zoo at KS3, many fieldwork experiences at KS4 and KS5 and has led five educational visits to Sorrento, Italy.

 

Staff List

Mr Lewis - Head of Geography

Mr Clarke – Teacher of Geography

Mrs Price – Teacher of Geography/Assistant Head Teacher

 

Key Stage 3

At KS3 pupils learn about many aspects of human and physical Geography. In Year 7 you will cover some of the following topics Deserts, Antarctica, World of Work, Map Skills, Kenya, Spain, Coasts and Rivers.  In Year 8 pupils will study a range of topics including the Traffic Enquiry, World of Sport, Planet Earth, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Rainforests and Weather and Climate. In Year 9 pupils will study the topics People Everywhere, Globalisation of Fashion, Tourism, Climate Change, Crime and Tsunamis.  

 

Key Stage 4 GCSE Geography is an academic subject and highly desired by Universities. It is exciting and popular subject at GCSE. It teaches you a wide range of skills and opens many opportunities to employment. There are three units of work to cover at GCSE.  In Year 10 we study Unit 1 which is worth 40% of the course. The exam will be at the end of Year 11. This unit covers the topics of Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Flooding, Coasts, Tourism, Population Growth, Retail and Global Cities. At the end of Year 10 we will start Unit 3 which is the controlled assessment element worth 20% of the course. For Unit 3 we will complete two fieldwork investigations involving two fieldwork trips. These will change every year depending on the topics set, but may include river studies, coastal studies, tourism investigations in places like Porthcawl, population investigations or studies of redevelopments to city centres like St David’s II.  In Year 11 we will study Unit 2 which is worth 40% and will be tested by an examination at the end of Year 11 along with Unit 1. In Unit 2 we will study the topics of Weather Hazards, Climate Change, Rainforests and Ecosystems, Development and Globalisation.

 

Key Stage 5

At A Level Geography you will deepen your understanding of world issues. You will sharpen your skills and have a wide range of fieldwork opportunities. A Level Geography is a very academic subject and will equip you for skills in the work place and University.  

 

A Level Geography is made up of 5 Units. Units 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12 and Units 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13. Alongside this you will complete the coursework element Unit 5.  Unit 1 is worth24% and Unit 2 is worth 16% and both will be tested by examination at the end of Year 12. Unit 1 is called Changing Landscapes and looks at the physical Geography of Tectonic Hazards and Coastal Processes.  Unit 2 covers human Geography topics of Changing Places and Fieldwork Investigations. For the fieldwork investigations we will study two contrasting locations to look at both the human and physical environment.  In Year 13 we will complete Unit 3 worth 16% and Unit 4 worth 24%. Both these Units will be assessed by examination at the end of Year 13. Unit 3 studies earth’s cycles such as the carbon and water cycle, and also looks at world migration and governance of oceans.  Unit 4 studies the topics of Ecosystems and World Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the end of Year 12 pupils will start Unit 5, which is an individual fieldwork investigation into a topic of interest from A Level Geography. From this they will be expected to write a fieldwork investigation as a piece of coursework  worth 20% of the course.