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The Geography Department at Abersychan is located in three dedicated teaching rooms in the main building. Both rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, Microsoft Surfaces and laptops for pupils to use. Geography is taught by the Subject Leader, Mr Evans and the Second in Department, Mr Thomas, along with our ALNco Mrs N Strachan who is also a Geography specialist. The department has improved significantly in recent years. Over the past 3 years, the percentage of our GCSE pupils achieving a Grade A*-C has doubled. In 2017, 69% of our pupils achieved a Grade A*-C! Also, in 2018, we achieved our best ever KS3 results in Year 9. 94% of our pupils achieved at least a Level 5, with 62% achieving a Level 6 and 26% achieving a Level 7!

Mr B Evans

Subject Leader for Geography 


Mr D Thomas

 Second In Department

Mrs N Strachan


Internet Links/Useful Websites: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg - Excellent revision site.

www.s-cool.co.uk - Excellent revision site.

www.gatm.org.uk - 'Geography at the movies' lots of short films and powerpoints that will help your understanding of each GCSE topis in a creative, musical way.

Year 7 Internet Links:

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk - The 'Mapzone' section is very good for learning map skills in a fun way.

Year 9 Internet Links: 

www.geography-site.co.uk - An excellent all round geography site - try the 'Physical Geography' section.

www.eduplace.com/kids/sla/6/volcanoes.html - A good resource to learn about volcanoes and earthquakes.

https://www.larsonjewelers.com/tungsten-resources-a-kids-guide-to-volcanoes.aspx - Another useful resource to learn about volcanoes.

As a natural science, Geography focuses on the environment, mainly through landscapes and their evolution through space and time.

As a social science, Geography explores the role of space and place in the creation and functioning of society.

In both cases, however, the relationship between the human and physical environments is recognized to be important.

Geographers are ideally placed to address issues of contemporary environmental, economic and social concern such as:

  • environmental degradation
  • climatic change
  • natural hazards
  • cultural identity
  • social exclusion
  • economic development

Year 7: We focus on the two main strands of Geographical study: Enquiry and Knowledge, this gives us an excellent foundation to create independent learners. Different topics studied include:

  • Geographical Map Skills.
  • Human and Physical Geography.
  • Environmental Geography.
  • The Wales Enquiry.
  • The Settlement Enquiry, focusing on Brazil.

Year 8: We highlight the different aspects of the natural world, and how our impact alters the space around us. Different topics studied include:

  • The Water Cycle;
  • Rivers;
  • Flooding;
  • Hazard management;
  • Kenya;
  • LEDCs;
  • Weather patterns.

Year 9: We investigate how Natural Hazards have shaped the world. Different topics studied include:

  • Natural Hazards;
  • Disaster management;
  • Evolving landscapes.

Year 9: Pupils will begin their GCSE studies by looking at:

  • Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards.

Year 10 & 11: At GCSE Geography, two units are currently studied. You will study and sit exams on the following topics:

  • Landscapes and Physical Processes,
  • Rural - urban links,
  • Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards,
  • Weather, Climate and Ecosystems,
  • Development and Resources Issues,
  • Environmental Challenges
  • You will also complete 2 coursework assignments, focusing upon Physical and Human local issues.

Both GCSE units are examined at the end of Year 11.

What homework and assessments will I have to do?

  • Key Stage 3:

You will have one assessed task per term to complete at home, based on what you have been learning in class. This will be marked by yourself and a friend and you will set yourself targets for improvement. Your teacher will also mark it and give you a level as well as suggesting ways in which you can improve in the future. If your level is better than your target level you will receive a merit. You will also have at least two presentation tasks to complete per year. Your classmates and your teacher will watch your presentation and offer feedback to help you improve. All homework will be set via www.showmyhomework.co.uk to help pupils keep track of their work.

  • GCSE:

You will be set a past paper to complete at home after every module you complete. You will also sit a mock exam after every module. You will also complete 2 coursework assignments that count for 20% of your final grade. If your grade in your assessments is better than your target grade you will receive a merit and a certificate. There will also be regular revision classes after school to provide you with extra support.

GCSE Geography pupils should use this website when revising: https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zs8k4qt

Year 10 pupils should look at Coastal, Rock and Glacial Landscapes, Rural and Urban Environments and Natural Hazards; Year 11 pupils should look at Weather and Climate, Ecosystems, Development and the Environment.

What visits can I go on?

  • Key Stage 3:

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum in London.

  • GCSE:

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit a foreign country to see an example of a Natural Landscape. In the past, we have travelled to Iceland. Pupils will also have to visit Newport and Usk to investigate Urban development.