The Geography department consists of three enthusiastic and dedicated members. Mr Uppal (Head of Geography), Miss Ball (Website coordinator) and Mrs Williams. The department comprises of 3 dedicated teaching rooms all equipped with interactive whiteboards and projectors.
The Geography department at Dormston are committed to instilling a passion for Geography both within and outside of the classroom. We aim to make Geography desirable and accessible to all young people so that their learning of the subject continues far away from the four walls of the classroom.
We use a variety of teaching methods to achieve this and we pride ourselves on the positive ethos and relationships with the students which we have worked hard to build up.
Our KS3 Curriculum covers a diverse range of engaging topics. Each pupil will cover four topics per year comprising both human and physical Geography. These topics include sustaining ecosystems (rainforests), urban futures and climate change just to name a few.
Each topic will be assessed using a variety of methods including peer and self-assessment, homework and in class exams. We understand the importance of homework and set this accordingly to allow students to deepen their knowledge on the topic they are studying, whilst also allowing them to further develop a thirst for learning.
Due to the popularity of our subject in lower school we have recently seen an increase in the number of students choosing to take Geography at GCSE. We study OCR ‘B’ GCSE Geography syllabus. This course has three papers that all take place in Year 11, physical , human and a decision making exercise. This course covers a vast amount of topics including climate change, settlement, tectonic hazards and development.
Fieldwork is a key part in our subject and we believe that it is important that this takes place here at Dormston.
Our current Year 11 students will shortly be visiting the Holderness Coast to study coastal erosion and protection to help complete part of their GCSE fieldwork. They will also be visiting the local surroundings of Sedgely looking into shopping patterns and regeneration.
We are currently in the process of organising a trip the south of Italy for 2019.