Geography at Newtownhamilton High School 
Welcome to the World Around Us and the People In It! 
Geography in Room 2 with Mrs Flanagan 
 
Geography is a vibrant and interactive subject that allows students to prepare for life and work as individuals and contributors to society, the economy and the environment. Geography plays a significant role in helping pupils understand major issues that directly affect their lives and possibly communities. This is an important time and opportunity in pupils’ lives to help them explore their sense of identity and belonging, as well as investigating the world around them and valuing its diversity. 
 
In geography lessons, pupils will acquire a wide range of thinking skills and personal capabilities including: Managing Information, Decision-Making, Creativity, Working with Others and Self Management. These skills will be put to good use whilst studying a plethora of physical and human topics, as well as assisting students during fieldtrips. 
 
Geography Fieldtrips: 
 
Year 11 Students will visit Titanic Quarters, Belfast on a joint fieldtrip with Newry High School on 16 October 2018. This will enable them to investigate the topic of ‘Sustainable Development’ and better prepare for their Unit 2 exam. 
Year 11 students completed a river study in June to help prepare for their forthcoming Unit 3 exam in May 2019. They were investigating the changing features of the Yellow Water River.  
 
 
Possible Careers: 
Geography Teacher 
Travel Agent 
Town Planner 
Meteorologist 
Weather Presenter/Forecaster 
Refuse Collector 
Pilot 
Lorry Driver 
Sailor 
Farmer 
Tourist Information 
Botanist 
Local Council Explorer 
Horticulturist 
TV Presenter 
Flight Attendant 
Landscape Gardener 
Archaeologist ............................................. 
Recycling Plant 
Explorer (like Bruce Parry from TRIBE) 
 
KS3 
Topics 
 
Year 8 
Year 9 
Year 10 
What is Geography? 
Tectonic Activity 
Climate Change 
Mapskills 
Renewable Energy 
Ecosystems 
Weather and Climate  
Our Crowded World 
Water 
Farming Today 
Rivers 
Trade and Development 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GCSE Assessment Component Content Weighting  
 
Fieldwork: 20%  
Assessment for this unit requires the student to complete a formal written examination., duration - 1 hour (completed in Year 12). Students must create and submit a word-processed fieldwork statement and table of data. This unit of work will be based on a river study - Yellow Water River, Rostrevor (Fieldtrip—end of Year 11). 
 
Unit 1: 40%  
Understanding Our World’ is based on Physical Geography and incorporates four themes: (one tier) 
Theme A: River Environments 
Theme B: Coastal Environments 
Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate 
Theme D: The Restless Earth 
 
Unit 2: 40%  
‘Living in Our World’ is based on Human and Environmental Geography and incorporates the following themes: (one tier) 
Theme A: Population and Migration 
Theme B: Changing Urban Areas 
Theme C: Contrasts in World Development 
Theme D: Managing Our Environment 
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