Hillside High School

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Wade Deacon Trust



    Our aim within the Geography department is to provide all pupils with an understanding of the world around them. We want pupils to understand the big picture about their local community, about their jobs and about the countryside around them. The world is an exciting place, and we want to help all pupils discover their place in it.

    Key Stage 3

    Every pupil studies geography as part of the KS3 Curriculum. Geography then becomes part of the EBacc pathway at Key Stage 4, students can take either Geography or History as part of this pathway.

    There will be three main areas to geography study at Key Stage 3:

    • Pupils will look at people and places in Bootle, the United Kingdom and across the whole world. Pupils will find out that whilst people live different lives, face different challenges, they are essentially the same.
    • Pupils will find out how the world was formed, and is still continuing to change. Pupils will look at volcanoes and earthquakes; floods and hurricanes and rock formation and rivers.
    • Pupils will find out how people are dependent on the natural world. How we use resources to live and make our lives comfortable. The impact of pollution and destruction wildlife. Pupils will also look at how we could try to make living on the Earth sustainable.

    Key Stage 4

    At GCSE the specification highlights the critical importance of geography for understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire pupils to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment.

    Pupils will further improve their understanding of physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes that change over time. This includes the interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments.

    Pupils will learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies. Pupils will study both physical and human topics over the GCSE course. The department follows the Edexcel Specification A at GCSE for pupils currently in Years 9 & 10 and AQA for pupils currently in Year 11.

    Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

    As geographers, we believe it is important that we get out and explore the world around us.
    Across all year groups there will be opportunities to complete various fieldwork activities.
    We have also organised school trips to Snowdonia.


    News from the Geography Department