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The aims of the Geography syllabus are to:

·     stimulate pupils’ interest in their own surroundings and in the wider world;

·     develop pupils' understanding of some of the relationships between people and environments;

·     help pupils to develop a range of skills  necessary to carry out geographical investigations and to interpret geographical information;

·     help pupils to understand how activities and places are linked by movements of people, materials and information, and by complex economic,social, political and physical relationships;

·     help pupils to develop a sensitive awareness of the role of people's beliefs, values and attitudes on those relationships and issues which have a geographical dimension;

·     encourage pupils to develop a sense of responsibility for their own environment and an informed concern for the future of the Earth;

·     encourage pupils' understanding of the inter-relationship and inter-dependence of different communities and cultures within society, both in Northern Ireland and the rest of the world.


Methods/Teaching Strategies

A variety of teaching methods will be employed in the delivery of the course. They are designed to stimulate interest, and encourage each child to progress to his or her maximum potential.

Methods used include:

-         Whole class teaching

-         Group work

-         An investigative approach to problem solving

-         Fieldwork

-         Role play

-         ICT, including the internet

-         DVD/Videos

Role-play and standard point-taking techniques will also be used to enhance the learning experience.  In the delivery of the course an emphasis will be placed on the use of computerised techniques to manipulate and present data in a visually attractive form. This will include a number of opportunities to produce work using ICT and using the internet as a research tool.


Junior School



YEAR 8Autumn Term
  1. Your Place & Mine
  2. My Spaces
Spring Term
  1. The UK and Ireland
  2. Rivers & Flooding
Summer Term
  1. Shopping
  2. Rubbish
YEAR 9Autumn Term
  1. Earth Village (Population)
  2. Landscape Detective
Spring Term
  1. Weather Forecast
  2. Coast to Coast
Summer Term
  1. Spain (Planning a Holiday)
YEAR 10Autumn Term
  1. Living On The Edge (Plate Tectonics)
  2. Rainforests (Ecosystems)
Spring Term
  1. India
  2. Food
Summer Term      5.  Israel & Palestine



Assessment will take avariety of forms


            Testing (Spelling)



            Self assessment

Assessment Policy

In line with school policy, the department’s assessment outcomes are now stored electronically using the PPMS system.  Students are graded and assessed under the following headings:

-         Keywords

-         Knowledge

-         Mapwork

-         Coursework

-         Exam

The types of assessment tools used to gather these grades will include:

-         Spelling Tests

-         End of Unit Tests

-         Set Homeworks

-         Project Work

-         End of term Examinations

Reporting will occur twice yearly – Christmas and Summer.  The Christmas report will be a summary report while a more detailed report will be composed in the summer.


Senior School


The programme of study will cover the following units as per the AQA GCSE Syllabus:

-  Ecosystems                           - Population                             - Plate Tectonics

-  Settlement                             - River Landscapes                  - Development

-  GlacialLandscapes               - ManagingResources              - CoastalLandscapes

- Geographical Skills               -Weather & Climate                -Industry

One major piece of coursework will also be carried out by each student.


BTEC Travel and Tourism is offered at KS 4, with a qualification equalling 2 GCSEs.




Travel and Tourism General Certificate in Education‘A’ level (GCE) is presently offered. This will offer a career path to students for future employment and/or higher education. The course consists of 6 units,equalling one ‘A’ level.  Each student may choose to combine their course with Health & Social Care, Business and/or an ICT ‘A’ level, the maximum number of ‘A’ levels not to exceed 3.  The elements covered in Travel & Tourism are:

Introducing Travel & Tourism

Tourism Development

Customer Care

Tourism Destinations

Adventure Tourism

Event Management