Geography

Department Staffing & Roles

  • Miss E McEvoy – Teacher of Geography
  • Mr A McGuinness – Teacher of Geography
  • Mrs L Barratt – Teacher of Geography/Director of KS3

Welcome to the OCA Geography departmental page! In Geography, we want to help our pupils uncover the wonders of our planet through varied and engaging lessons. Each OCA geographer will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills whilst exploring both Human and Physical Geography. As a department, we strongly believe that our pupils will pave the way for the future of our planet and aim to help them understand their role in saving our planet.

In Geography lessons, at KS3, we want our pupils to get a solid base knowledge of key geographical features and our impact on the world around us. We also want to provide pupils with a broad overview of the subject in order to allow them to decide if Geography at KS4 is a pathway for them. Our Geography teachers want OCA geographers to identify, explain and analyse features both Human and Physical geography through fresh eyes. Lessons allow for imagination and curiosity to develop whilst using scientific skills to explore impacts on our planet.

Geography is the perfect subject for getting out of the classroom. We love to see our OCA geographers putting their skills into practice and believe fieldwork is a key part of our curriculum. For this reason, we arrange fieldwork to Formby Beach, Liverpool City Centre, Manchester Airport, River Alyn and are looking to expand this further! Any ideas get in touch! We also work with our DofE participants to boost map skills and outdoor skills.

As well as our UK based fieldwork, we aim to bring our curriculum to life even further by organising a trip to Iceland in 2023.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

KS3

When pupils join OCA, they will study Geography for 1 hour per week. This is for years 7 and 8. In year 9, pupils will study Geography for 2 hours per week. This structure allows us to deepen our pupils’ understanding of key themes covered in years 7 and 8 whilst broaching more scientific and analytical themes in greater depth.

KS4

Once pupils reach KS4, should they opt for Geography, they receive either 2 or 3 hours per week based on option slots. Geography is completely optional at KS4 but we encourage our pupils to continue with their studies to discover the fascinating past of both our local area and the wider world.

In Geography, we want our pupils to experience a wide range of topics and skills during our lessons. We strive to cover key issues affecting our planet and spark a curiosity for the inner workings of our weird and wonderful world. We love our Geography lessons to include authentic resources, from our staff’s very own travel experiences. We want to inspire the next generation to continue exploring, discovering and acting against Climate Change.

KS3 Curriculum Overview

KS3 National Curriculum - Geography

KS4 Curriculum Overview

At KS4, we study towards the Edexcel A GCSE Geography curriculum.

Edexcel A - GCSE Geography

At OCA, we strongly believe that careers education is a vital aspect of our curriculum. In Geography, we aim to broaden our pupils’ idea of the opportunities available to them post-16. In order to do this, we:

  • Organise visits to the University of Liverpool to trial Geography based degrees
  • Include career links in lessons
  • Arrange visits from professionals to discuss career pathways
  • Provide opportunities for international travel (Iceland, Italy)
  • Offer careers advice for pupils during the options process to guide/support in decision making
  • Maintain our Geography careers board giving a wide range of career opportunities and the qualifications required

Further Education Opportunities

Locally, we have excellent post-16 provisions for studying Geography at A-Level and beyond. There are several options and we love to see our pupils continuing to uncover the past. Below are some links for further study options for Geography:

KS3

We love to see our OCA geographers engaging with our curriculum outside of the classroom and run a series of competitions to boost this throughout the year. One of our favourite competitions in 2020/21 is the volcano making competition ran by Miss McEvoy and Mr McGuiness. May the best volcano win!

KS4

At GCSE level, Year 11 follow a whole school timetable to support in intervention. However, we realise that pupils may want to enrich themselves further and offer supplementary sessions on Mondays 3-4pm for Geography, as well as Friday after school.

For Year 10, pupils are welcomed into Year 11 intervention but also have their own slot available on Wednesdays 3-4pm for any support they require. This is once every 2 weeks due to faculty meetings.

The following resources are useful for languages revision outside of the Geography classroom:

KS3

  • www.quizlet.com – Great flashcards for key dates/figures
  • www.senecalearning.com – Excellent video resources
  • BBC iPlayer – The one and only David Attenborough’s home on the BBC. Miss McEvoy’s hero.

KS4

At OCA, we believe that opportunities outside the classroom are just as important as those that we find in lessons. Studying Geography lends itself perfectly to a wide range of opportunities and we love seeing our pupils use the skills they have learned outside of the classroom.

Trips include:

  • University of Liverpool – Geography Degree Tasters
  • Fieldwork – Liverpool City Centre/River Alyn Loggerheads
  • Fieldwork – Formby Reserve/Sand Dunes
  • Manchester Airport – Sustainability
  • Iceland 2023

We also believe passionately in studying the human side of geographical developments, as well as climate change. Miss McEvoy organises several fundraising activities for organisations such as WaterAid. Her (mum’s) chocolate cake is a solid best seller!