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Willows High School


Geography - Ian Whittaker

Name:   Ian Whittaker

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

During Years 8 and 9 pupils focus on a variety of physical and human options. During Year 8 we look at the weather in wales, why does it rain so much in Wales? We look at other places in the world that have more extreme weather such as tropical countries that suffer in hurricanes and why polar regions are so cold. We look at how Cardiff came to be established and plot the growth of the city over the last 150 years. We look at the River Severn which the school sits on and study all of its features such as waterfalls, lakes and meanders.

In Year 9 we look outside of The U.K. We study the way that coastlines are changing around the world. We study the way the earth is changing through tectonic movement and then we start to study inequality in the world, how do we measure poverty? Why are some countries rich and some poor and what can rich countries do to help poor countries? What challenges does living in a poor country present?

Key Stage 4: GCSE/BTEC/VCERT/Other

Awarding Body WJEC Syllabus A

The GCSE syllabus is split into 2 parts. In Paper 1 we look at 6 topics, water, tectonics climate change, globalisation, development and population. All of these topics tend to be numeracy heavy, there are lots of graphs and charts and pupils need to be able to understand how things change in different parts of the world

Paper 2 concentrates on coasts, tourism and the weather. These units are a little more literacy heavy. The focus of this paper is on why things change in the way that they do.

We have to complete 2 pieces of controlled assessment a piece of fieldwork that always involves a trip out of school and some original research. We also have to use SWOT analysis to help us with our decision making exercise

Extra-Curricular Activities

The department runs after school classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. These are to support our GCSE candidates

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