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Geography at Ackworth is taught by Rosalind Noble and Elena Clark. We are a young and enthusiastic department and are working to include contemporary issues and ICT within the curriculum. The subject is taught from Year 7 (First Form) to Advanced Level. The Department consists of two specialist teaching rooms which are well equipped with computers, digital projectors, DVD players and access to the internet.
The work of the Department covers a range of themes taking in human and physical geographies, from topics such as map reading, river studies and tourism at Key Stage 3, to glacial features, global health patterns and tectonics in the Sixth Form. Geography students in each year group enjoy a field trip relevant to work covered in class, with a residential trip in the Sixth Form. This field experience is vital to understanding how processes work as well as improving analysis and graphical skills.
At GCSE level the students follow the AQA IGCSE specification and are assessed by three exams taken at the end of Year 11 (5th Form), one of which is focused on geographical skills. At AS and A2 level the Department uses the AQA specification, with two exams taken at the end of each year. We believe that these syllabuses not only allow the students to study Geography in great depth, but also enable them to express their views and opinions, something that they will need to be able to do confidently later in life. We seek to teach pupils not only to gain a high grade, but also to have an awareness of the world and current affairs beyond School by using geography in the news which is directly linked to the curriculum.
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