Head of Department: Mr J. Wilkinson

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Mission Statement

In supporting the College Vision Statement, the Geography department aims to be dynamic and forward thinking, striving always to develop the full potential of students and staff. Members of staff are encouraged to suggest initiatives and mutual support is provided to carry them through. We work together as a team to provide the best possible geographical learning experiences for students both within and outside of the classroom.

Geographical skills and concepts are taught through issue-based enquiry and thematic approaches, using ICT as a tool to enhance the quality and effectiveness of learning and teaching. Student interest and enjoyment are stimulated by a wide range of learning and teaching strategies that focus on relevant, topical and cross-curricular themes and issues, thereby creating a happy and purposeful atmosphere in the department within which individuals are recognised, appreciated and respected.

Strategies are adopted that provide for students’ moral, social and intellectual needs whilst at the same time allowing them to develop informed and balanced viewpoints, taking into account the effects of their decisions so that they become responsible citizens of the future.

 

The Geography Department

The Geography department at Notre Dame Catholic College has five teachers:

Mr J Wilkinson    Head of Department
Mrs E Brennan     Assistant Headteacher and Key Stage Four Co-ordinator
Mr P Kearney       Senior Assistant Headteacher
Miss J Helsby      Responsibility for BTEC Programmes
Mr M Campbell

All members of staff teach throughout the key stages.
Years 7 and 8 have one lesson of Geography per week.
Year 9 has two lessons of Geography per week.
At GCSE Geography is a popular option subject. Students will have three lessons per week.
At A Level, Geography continues to be a popular choice. Students will have six lessons per week.

 

Departmental Equipment
All Geography classrooms have interactive whiteboards. The department has made a wide variety of resources which are used in lessons, including ICT resources. Students are encouraged to borrow lesson-related CD-ROMS, DVDs and books which will enhance students’ learning. The department has two banks of laptops which are connected to the internet by wireless connection.