Geography is the study of the world around us. It encompasses physical, human and environmental elements, as well as the interaction between them. At St. Aloysius’ College we offer both traditional and contemporary topics such as the study of earthquakes and volcanoes, population change, the geography of health and geopolitics.
Ms. M. McCarthy (Head of Department)
Mr. S. Mahmoud
Ms. P. Charlery
Ms. G. Briody
There are a number of changes occurring in the Geography Department this academic year. This includes a shorter KS3 and a longer KS4. There is a also a syllabus change for GCSE as we prepare for the new linear exams in 2014.
|Autumn||What Is Geography? Mapskills||2 weeks 4 weeks||Baseline AP1 End of Unit Test|
|Exploring Britain||4 weeks||AP2 Christmas exam|
|Spring||Rivers||5 weeks||AP2 Christmas exam|
|Settlement||4 weeks||Infiltration rates|
|Summer||Geography of Sport||3 weeks|
|Ecosystem Project||5 weeks||AP4 Summer exam|
|Autumn||Weather and Climate||6 weeks||AP1 End of Unit Test|
|Brazil||4 weeks||AP2 Christmas exam|
|Population||4 weeks||AP3 Newspaper article|
|Summer||Earthquakes and Volcanoes||5 weeks|
|Resources||3 weeks||AP4 Summer exam|
|Autumn||The Restless Earth||6 weeks||AP1|
|The Restless Earth||4 weeks||AP2 Christmas exam|
|Spring||The Development Gap||5 weeks|
|The Development Gap||4 weeks||AP3|
|Summer||Changing Urban Environments||5 weeks|
|Changing Urban Environments||3 weeks||AP4 Summer exam|
|Autumn||The Development Gap||6 weeks||AP1 End of Unit Test|
|The Development Gap||4 weeks||AP2 Christmas exam|
|Spring||Changing Urban Environments||5 weeks|
|Changing Urban Environments||4 weeks||AP3|
|Summer||Water on the Land||5 weeks|
|Water on the Land||3 weeks||AP4 Summer exam/ Controlled Assessment|
|Autumn||Similarities and Differences||6 weeks||AP1 Exam q|
|Similarities and Differences||4 weeks||AP2 Christmas exam|
|Spring||Issues in a Fast Changing World||5 weeks|
|Issues in a Fast Changing World||4 weeks||AP3 Mock exam|
|Summer||Exam Prep||5 weeks|
At A-level we follow the AQA specification.
In Year 12 pupils will study four components:
Pupils are also required to undertake a field study of a river, which they then use for the basis of an investigation. They sit one exam in January (skills) and one exam in May (case studies).
In Year 13 pupils choose three topics out of six. This academic year we are studying:
Pupils will also sit an exam in January based on a geographical issue. They will receive a pre-released booklet of information and have approximately 4-5 weeks to prepare for the exam based on the information given. The final exam is sat in May.
In the last academic year a number of local trips were organised, such as the Year 10 trip to Crouch End for data collection, a river study in Epping Forest and a traffic survey for Year 7. There was also the very successful trip to Beijing which we are hoping to offer again in 2014.
In this academic year we will be offering local trips to Lea Valley Regional Park, Epping Forest and the local traffic survey again. We will be offering a residential trip to Norfolk for those boys studying Geography GCSE.
There is also the possibility of a trip to Naples and Sorrento – please watch this space for updated information.
|Friday 31st March||Last Day of Spring Term|
|Friday 14th April||Good Friday|
|Monday 17th April||Easter Monday|
|Wednesday 19th April||First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Friday 26th May||Last Day of Half Term|
|Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June||Half Term Break|
|Monday 5th June||First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Friday 21st July||Last Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Monday 4th September||First Day of Autumn Term (Staff and Year 7 Pupils only) Year 7 to start school at 1pm|
|Tuesday 5th September||First Day of Autumn Term (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)|
|Friday 20th October||Last Day of Half Term|
|Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October||Half Term Break|
|Monday 30th October||First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Thursday 21st December||Last Day of Autumn Term|
|Wednesday 3rd January||First Day of Spring Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Friday 9th February||Last Day of Half Term|
|Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February||Half Term Break|
|Monday 19th February||First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Thursday 29th March||Last Day of Spring Term|
|Friday 30th March - Friday 13th April||Spring Term Break|
|Monday 16th April||First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Friday 25th May||Last Day of Half Term|
|Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June||Half Term Break|
|Monday 4th June||First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)|
|Friday 20th July||Last Day of Summer Term|
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