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 subject's 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, full-time Geography specialists with a diverse and complementary mix of specialisms, expertise and experience, who teach across all Key Stages and abilities. 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, plus one ICT room. The Department is well resourced with ICT, 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 specification, with all the assessment taking place at the end of Year 11 – three exams (two exams of 1 hour 30 mins and one exam of 1 hour 15 mins). There is an emphasis on current geographical issues – covering both human and physical geography topics.
Students are expected to complete two days of compulsory fieldwork at GCSE. Currently these trips run to Leeds (Brewery Wharf, Granary Wharf, The Calls and Leeds Dock) and also York riverside.
At Key Stage 5, we follow the Edexcel specification for A Level Geography. The course is extremely popular and prepares students for future employment and higher education. There are four days of compulsory fieldwork - a two day residential field trip to Scarborough and two days in Leeds – which prepares the students for completion of their Independent Investigation.
An optional five day residential to Sicily is also available to Key Stage 5 students to support content studied at A Level.