Hello, my name is Val Neagus and I am Head of Geography 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
Joyce Powell – Geography Teacher
Alex Crook– Geography Teacher
Geography – at KS3 students study the following: Fantastic Places ); Rivers and Flooding; Geology and Weathering; Weather; Africa; Conflict; Population; Crime; India; Australia; Glaciation; Festivals. At GCSE all students study Rivers and Coasts; Natural Hazards; Living World; Population and Settlement; and Economic Development. Following fieldwork over the three years, skills and practical geography will be assessed with a skills exam.
In Year 7 pupils start the year by studying Fantastic Places - looking at atlas skills and OS maps and atlas. We look at how rivers shape the land and the way in which flooding impacts on our lives. Landscapes and the role that geology plays are 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 the geography of sport. We have a practical study on the problems of traffic congestion in 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. We have also introduced the fascinating study of the geography of conflict - the causes and consequences of disagreement over resources. 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 geography of festival locations and sustainability, and the topical issues of migration.
At GCSE pupils study a three year AQA course. There are three units: Living with the Physical Environment which 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; these are examined on two separate exam papers. At least two compulsory days of fieldwork are undertaken and Geographical skills and issues are examined on a separate exam paper.