Geography and Leisure & Tourism

Hello, my name is Val Neagus and I am of Geography and Leisure and Tourism at Passmores Academy. The Geography Department is a thriving department, with increasing numbers of pupils choosing to study the course at GCSE level. With a mixture of experience and youthful enthusiasm we incorporate topical and current issues into the curriculum, and all pupils are encouraged to become independent in their approach to investigating the world in which they live. We believe that field work is vital to understanding the geography around as, and have had many visits to coastal, mountain and urban areas in the UK.

Val Neagus – Head of Geography and Leisure and Tourism

Joyce Powell – Geography and Leisure and Tourism Teacher

Shenice Harman – Geography Teacher

Matthew Dickason – Geography teacher

Geography – at KS3 students study the following: Map and Atlas Skills; Rivers and Flooding; Geology and Weathering; Weather; Settlement; Africa; Population; Crime; India; Australia; Glaciation; Festivals. At GCSE students study OCR Specification B either as a two year course starting in year 10 or as a three year GCSE starting in year 9. All students study Rivers and Coasts; Natural Hazards; Population and Settlement; and Economic Development; students complete controlled coursework, worth 25% following a field trip.  Changes to the curriculum mean that new GCSE students will be following the AQA course, which no longer has coursework; this will be assessed with a skills exam. However, the content of the units remains essentially the same.

Leisure and Tourism - Students are studying OCR GCSE as a two year course starting in year 10, Pupils study the leisure and tourism industries and what is involved if you work in them; areas of study include important tourist destinations around the world and businesses involved in travel, accommodation, visitor attractions, and entertainment industries. This is assessed in one exam, worth 40% of the final grade.   Pupils complete a piece of coursework, worth 60% based on an in-depth study of one organisation.

GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM:

In Year 7 pupils start the year by studying a skills unit - looking at fieldwork, OS maps and atlas skills. We look at how rivers shape the land and they way in which flooding impacts on our lives. Landscapes and the role that geology plays is part of our year 7 curriculum, as well as a focus on the way in which India has changed in the last 20 years. The summer term includes a look at weather and climate, and a local study of the geography of Harlow.

Year 8 geography looks at the geography of crime at a global, national and local scale, and a look at the differences in standards of living and development within Africa. Our physical geography studies consider the role of tectonics and glaciers in shaping our landscape and the impacts of earthquakes, volcanoes and ice on our lives. During the summer term we look at the the geography of festival locations and sustainability, and the topical issues of migration. 

At GCSE pupils study a three year AQA course. Living with the physical environment includes the challenge of natural hazards, ecosystems, rivers and coasts in the UK; challenges in the human environment considers urban issues and challenges and the changing economic world, as well as resource management. At least two compulsory days of fieldwork are undertaken and geographical skills and issues are examined on s separate exam paper. 

Year 11 students Follow the OCR geography B syllabus and study Rivers and Coasts; Natural Hazards; Population and Settlement; and Economic Development; students complete controlled coursework, worth 25% following a field trip. 

 

Hello, my name is Val Neagus and I am of Geography and Leisure and Tourism at Passmores Academy. The Geography Department is a thriving department, with increasing numbers of pupils choosing to study the course at GCSE level. With a mixture of experience and youthful enthusiasm we incorporate topical and current issues into the curriculum, and all pupils are encouraged to become independent in their approach to investigating the world in which they live. We believe that field work is vital to understanding the geography around as, and have had many visits to coastal, mountain and urban areas in the UK.

Val Neagus – Head of Geography and Leisure and Tourism

Joyce Powell – Geography and Leisure and Tourism Teacher

Shenice Harman – Geography Teacher

Matthew Dickason – Geography teacher

Geography – at KS3 students study the following: Map and Atlas Skills; Rivers and Flooding; Geology and Weathering; Weather and Climate; Settlement; Africa; ; Crime; Tectonics; India;  Glaciation; Festivals. At GCSE students study  a three year course starting in year 9. All students study Rivers and Coasts; Natural Hazards; Population and Settlement; and Economic Development; Climate change and tropical rainforests.  The AQA course has three exams, two examing the content listed, plus a skills exam based on issues and fieldwork.

Leisure and Tourism - Students are studying OCR GCSE as a two year course starting in year 10, Pupils study the leisure and tourism industries and what is involved if you work in them; areas of study include important tourist destinations around the world and businesses involved in travel, accommodation, visitor attractions, and entertainment industries. This is assessed in one exam, worth 40% of the final grade.   Pupils complete a piece of coursework, worth 60% based on an in-depth study of one organisation.

GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM:

In Year 7 pupils start the year by studying a skills unit - looking at fieldwork, OS maps and atlas skills. We look at how rivers shape the land and they way in which flooding impacts on our lives. Landscapes and the role that geology plays is part of our year 7 curriculum, as well as a focus on the way in which India has changed in the last 20 years. The summer term includes a look at weather and climate, and a local study of the geography of Harlow.

Year 8 geography looks at the geography of crime at a global, national and local scale, and a look at the differences in standards of living and development within Africa. Our physical geography studies consider the role of tectonics and glaciers in shaping our landscape and the impacts of earthquakes, volcanoes and ice on our lives. During the summer term we look at the the geography of festival locations and sustainability, and the topical issues of migration. 

At GCSE pupils study a three year AQA course. Living with the physical environment includes the challenge of natural hazards, ecosystems, rivers and coasts in the UK; challenges in the human environment considers urban issues and challenges and the changing economic world, as well as resource management. At least two compulsory days of fieldwork are undertaken and geographical skills and issues are examined on a separate exam paper. 

Year 11 students Follow the OCR geography B syllabus and study Rivers and Coasts; Natural Hazards; Population and Settlement; and Economic Development; students complete controlled coursework, worth 25% following a field trip.