LHS Geography is led by Mr Crabtree, covering Key Stage 3 and 4 following the AQA Scheme. The Geography department covers a wide range of Local, National and International subject areas educating and developing each and every pupil about the Earth's landscapes, people and environments.
Key Stage 3: Year 7 to 9
Students follow three textbooks through each year which guide pupils through each topic. Each year group, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding for each area aswell as being able to state and explain a case study or example of each particular area.
- In Year 7, pupils follow GEOG1, covering basic map skills, settlements, rivers and flooding aswell as beginning to look at our restless planet.
- In Year 8, pupils follow GEOG2, covering coasts, weather and climate, ecosystems, global warming and people and their homes.
- In Year 9, pupils follow GEOG3, covering human development, global fashion and trade, tourism and oceans.
Key Stage 4 GCSE : Year 10 & 11
Students in Years 10 and 11 currently follow the AQA Geography A Specification. During the exam period, students must take 2 examinations; Unit 1 discussing Physical Geography(37.5% of your final mark) and Unit 2 discussing Human Geography (37.5% of your final mark). Students must also produce Unit 3, which is a Local Fieldwork Investigation (25% of your final mark). Both Higher and Foundation papers are available for Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams.
The local fieldwork investigation gives the students the oppourtunity to collect data and produce a written report. At LHS we focus our investigations on Rivers as we have great access to the River Caldew near the School.
The units that we focus on at Lime House School are:
- Unit 1A - The Restless Earth
- Unit 1B - Water on the Land
- Unit 1B - The Coastal Zone
- Unit 2A - Population Change
- Unit 2B - The Development Gap
- Unit 2B - Tourism
Key Stage 5 A Level: Years 12 & 13
The school follows the AQA syllabus. As far as possible, we select modules that have been studied as part of the GCSE course. There is no pre-requisite for the course although having studied GCSE to grade C standard or better is an advantage.
AS COURSE STRUCTURE (First year – Year 12)
UNIT 1 – PHYSICAL & HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
All students study the topics below which are assessed by a 2 hour written examination.
- Rivers, floods and management
- Population change
- Coastal environments
- Energy issues
UNIT 2 – GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS
Students study a range of investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills related to the topics above. This is assessed by a 1 hour written examination.
A2 COURSE STRUCTURE (Second year – Year 13)
UNIT 3 – CONTEMPORARY GEOGRAPHICAL SKILS
All students study the topics below which are assessed by a 2 ½ hour written examination
- Plate tectonics and associated hazards
- Weather and climate and associated hazards
- World cities
UNIT 4 – GEOGRAPHICAL ISSUE EVALUATION or a GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATION
Students are no longer required to produce a written project. Students conduct a piece of individual fieldwork and their skills are assessed by means of a 1 ½ hour written examination.
Students may take Geography as a full A level course or simply follow it as an AS course in Year 12 or Year 13.