Departmental Vision Statement
BGE Course Information
In S1 and S2 Geography operates on a rota system with History and Geography. In S1 pupils will rotate only once around the three subjects. In S2 the pupils have two rotations, i.e. they will have two spells in each of the three subjects.
- Grid references (4/6 figure) ; identification and location of physical and human features measure distance using scale; interpret relief and contour patterns; use maps in association with photographs, field sketches, cross sections/transects.
- Measuring and recording weather and processing weather data; factors influencing UK weather and climate. Climatic zones and changing climatic conditions across the globe; The causes of particular weather patterns; biomes and “Destruction of the Rainforest” – project.
- How these weather patterns might change or be influenced by global climate change. Case Study – Bangladesh
- Urban areas: Characteristics of land use zones in cities in the developed world; Case Study – Glasgow, with particular reference to its transport infrastructure.
- Trade & Aid: An investigation into who holds the power in global trade negotiations looking at: Where do our goods come from? ; What conditions are placed on goods being sold abroad?; Is trade always fair? Types of aid and their impact.
Senior Phase Information
- Weather/Climate – U.K.: factors affecting climate; the characteristics of the five main air masses affecting UK; the weather associated with depressions and anticyclones.
- Landscape types – Study of two landscapes i.e. the formation of the following landscape features i.e. glaciated upland – corrie, pyramidal peak, arête, u-shaped valley: coastal landscapes – cliffs, caves and arches, stacks, headlands and bays, spits; land uses appropriate to the two landscape types
e.g. farming, forestry, recreation/tourism, industry and for one landscape type the conflicts which arise between land uses and the solutions adopted to deal with these conflicts.
- Population – For developed (EMD) and developing (ELD) countries: social and economic indicators; factors influencing global population distribution; factors affecting birth and death rates:
- Urban – Characteristics of land use zones in cities in the EMD world; recent developments in the CBD, inner city, rural/urban fringe in EMD world cities; recent developments which deal with issues in shanty towns in ELD world cities:
- Rural – Changes in the rural landscape in EMD countries, related to modern developments in farming e.g. diversification, impact of new technology, organic farming; changes in the rural landscape in ELD countries related to modern developments in farming such as: GM, impact of new technology, biofuels.
- Environmental Hazards – the main features and causes of earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms plus the impact of each hazard: management — methods of prediction and planning.
- Health: the distribution of a range of world diseases; the causes, effects and strategies adopted to manage them: a global disease e.g. AIDS: one disease prevalent in a developed country e.g. heart disease: one disease prevalent in a developing country e.g. malaria.
HIGHER – COURSE DETAILS:
- Atmosphere (global heat budget, atmospheric circulation, ocean currents, ITCZ)
- Hydrosphere (hydrological cycle, drainage basins, flood hydrographs)
- Lithosphere (glaciated and coastal landscapes, land use conflicts)
- Biosphere (formation of soils – brown earths, podzols and Tundra gleys)
- Population (data collection, demographic transition model, population pyramids, current issues, migration)
- Rural (impact & management of rural land degradation related to a semi-arid or rain forest area.
- Urban (management of recent urban change in a developed & developing world city – strategies used & their impact)
- Development and Health* (development indicators, differences in development between developing countries, Malaria – causes, effects, solutions, primary health care)
- Global Climate Changes* (causes, effects management strategies)
- River Basin Management
- Trade, Aid and Geopolitics
ADVANCED HIGHER – If offered
|S4/5/6||Nat5 / Higher||March||Completed Assignments|
|S4/5||Nat 5||Feb||Human Assessment|
|S4/5||Nat 5||March||Global Issues Assessment|
|S5/6||Higher||March||Global Issues Assessment|
Mr D Darkins (Principal Teacher)
Mr J Dyer
Departmental Vision Statement ‘Respect the planet and each other.’‘Our vision is to develop sustainable attitudes by exploration of nature, faith and humanity, thereby providing hope