- Mr. S. Keenan (HoD)
- Mrs. R. Jordan
Geography is the study of the earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.
Key Stage 3 geography is relevant, engaging and progressive. It highlights the pupil centred approach of the new curriculum by providing opportunities for developing pupils as individuals and as contributors to society, the economy and the environment. It enables the pupils to see their own place in a national, European and Global context. Throughout each year group we use Irish case studies and learn countries, capitals, physical features etc. of different continents.
In J1 pupils study Waste, Recycling, Managing Resources, Map Skills, My Local Area, Energy, Weather and Climate, Microclimate.
In J2 pupils study Global Warming, Population, Rocks, Weathering and Erosion, Settlement and Glaciation.
In J3 pupils study Local and Global Ecosystems, Disasters and Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Changing World of Work, World Development and Pollution.
Teachers in the geography department voluntarily contribute their time to providing revision classes after school. Students have also been involved in competitions and quizzes within school and with other schools. We contribute significantly to environmental awareness throughout the school. Pupils in J1 and J3 do investigations involving fieldwork on school grounds. J2 pupils do a settlement study. S1 pupils do fieldwork on river studies in the Mournes. S3 and S4 pupils do fieldwork involving rivers, coasts and tourism in the South Down area. Guest speakers have visited pupils from S1-S4. Lectures have involved geographical topics and careers in geography.