The Geography department at Malet Lambert aims to encourage a sense of wonder about places. We teach young people to make sense of a complex and dynamic world, and understand their place within it. We develop a variety of skills, along with the curiosity needed to prepare pupils for success at GCSE and beyond.
The Geography department comprises of four classrooms, all located in the new extension to the PE building. All classrooms have view sonic interactive screens, along with regular access to class sets of chromebooks enabling geographical research, use of GIS and Google Classroom. We also have specific fieldwork equipment including anemometers, calipers, ranging poles and clinometers, as well as up to date textbooks and visualisers.
At key stage three, the topics are contemporary and introduce knowledge in a carefully planned sequence, encouraging pupils to answer big geographical questions.
The big questions explored in Year 7 include:
- What is Geography?
- What is the place of Hull?
- Is the world getting richer or poorer?
- How does the weather impact people’s lives?
- What issues affect hot deserts?
The big questions explored in Year 8 include:
- Who are the winners and losers of climate change?
- How do cities change?
- How is Hornsea beach made?
- What are the threats to our oceans?
- What is the almighty dollar?
- What issues affect cold environments?
The big questions in Year 9 include:
- What are the scales of global inequality?
- How can humans live with tectonic hazards?
- How do resources lead to conflict?
- How do populations face different health challenges?
- What issues affect tropical rainforests?
In Years 10 and 11, pupils follow the Edexcel A specification:
- Weather hazards and climate change
- Global development
- Changing landscapes
- Changing cities
- Physical fieldwork
- Human fieldwork
- Ecosystems, biodiversity and management
- Resource management
- UK Challenges
The department offers several fieldwork opportunities, starting in the school grounds in key stage 3 studying microclimate and environmental quality. In key stage 4, we consider the impacts of coastal erosion at Hornsea and the changing urban structure in York. We also run revision sessions and are involved in external competitions such as the Waterline Student Challenge and Climate Change makers.