Geography is a relevant subject for every student at Woodkirk Academy. We aim to teach students about the real issues facing the planet today in an engaging, thought provoking and challenging way, developing global knowledge, transferrable skills and moral questioning. We are thoroughly passionate about our subjects role in modern education in addition to achieving academic excellence for our students. We offer a variety of courses at all Key Stages which we believe make us an accessible, flexible and progressive department.
We have five Geography specialists with a diverse and complementary mix of specialisms, expertise and experience, who teach across all Key Stages and abilities. There is a diverse and complementary mix of specialisms, expertise and experience in addition to full and part time teaching staff. The common denominator of all staff is their desire for academic success, enthusiasm for the subject and commitment to the young people they work with.
We are based in the Humanities block and have four specialist teaching rooms. The department is well resourced with ICT and has two laptop trolleys for students, interactive whiteboards, data projectors and wireless internet access.
We have adopted the whole school two year Key Stage 3 Years 7 and 8. Year 7 incorporates a wide range of topics designed to build on knowledge gained at Key Stage 2, promoting good learning behaviours for life. Year 7 is taught in form groups and Year 8 is taught in ability sets. The scheme of work in Year 8 is called Around the World and aims to deliver the Key Stage 3 curriculum for Geography while giving an exciting overview of the geography of all seven continents. The scheme is heavily enquiry based and promotes independent learning.
At Key Stage 4, we follow the linear AQA B specification, with all the assessment taking place at the end of Year 11 - two exams and two pieces of controlled assessment. There is an emphasis on current geographical issues and field trips to traditional honeypot sites such as Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. There is also an optional residential field trip to Sorrento, Italy to aid the topics studied in class.
We also offer a BTEC certificate in Travel & Tourism, which enables students to personalise their learning choices at this Key Stage.
At Key Stage 5, we follow the Edexcel specification for AS and A2 Geography. The course is extremely popular and prepares students for future employment and higher education. A two day residential field trip prepares students for their Unit 2 exam.