Like the other courses Geography is taught in three levels, basic, intermediate, and IGCSE. The approach is very different at these three levels to reflect the very different needs of the three ability groups.
For younger and less skilled students the approach is strictly one topic per week. We concentrate on the exciting and dramatic aspects of Geography and interpret the subject widely. One hour per week with 45 mins. homework.
Our Holiday / Our World/ Maps/ Solar System/ Lightning and Thunder/ Storms/ The International Space Station/ Deserts/ Farming/ Cities/ Coasts/ Comets/ Earthquakes and Tsunamis/ Age Of The Earth/ Fantastic Geography Facts/ Coral Reefs/ Water Cycle/ Caves/ Volcanoes/ Asia / North America/ South America/ Europe/ Africa/ World Map.
With intermediate students we can take a rather more 'serious' approach. Seniors Geography enables students to develop a wider knowledge of the physical and human world around them. Some topics revisit areas covered in First Class, but work them in greater depth and more formally.
One hour per week with one hour's homework.
The physical geography of the world.
Water; the hydrological system, rivers, water uses, rivers water the resource.
Meteorology & weather systems, tropical storms.
Earths structure; earthquakes and volcanoes.
People and work; industry and employment.
Tourism ( national and global), UK National parks.
Energy; renewable vs. non renewable resources, pollution, acid rain, global warming.
Ecosystems and biomes; tropical rainforest, deserts.
IGCSE Geography is a fascinating but demanding subject which packs in a lot of data, and needs comfort with some maths functions. The exam is ONLY available in the May/June session which can affect planning an individual Exam Programme. The IGCSE Geography group is small, keen and stimulating with a particularly patient, kind teacher.
One hour per week class with an hour' and a half homework.
RIVERS The hydrological cycle. Processes & landforms. Drainage Basins. Hydrographs. Water management, pollution. Flooding. Case Study; UK Water balance and management.
ECONOMICS Structure, classification and location of industry and employment. Comparing structures in different countries and places. Energy demand by industry. Case Studies; UK, Brazil and Ghana, Port Talbot Steelworks.
HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS Types of hazard, risk. Tectonics ( Volcanoes and earthquakes). Tropical Storms: Global distribution, causes and characteristics. Prediction & preparation. Comparison of damages and response between HIC & LIC.
Case Studies; Volcanoes – Mt St Helens, Mt Pinatubo. Earthquakes – San Francisco, China. Hurricanes – Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Mitch in USA. Hurricane Floyd in Central America and the Burma Cyclone.
FRAGILE ENVIRONMENTS Sustainable Development. Soil erosion and desertification. Deforestation. Loss of biodiversity. Global Warming and greenhouse effect. Consequences.
ECOSYSTEMS AND RURAL ENVIRONMENTS Ecosystems & biomes. Savanna Ecosystem. The Sahel. Tropical Rainforest. Case Studies; Savanna, Sahel, Amazon rainforest, Kyoto. Farming Systems. Factors affecting farming. CAP. Diversification. Case Studies; UK farming, CAP.
GLOBALISATION AND MIGRATION Multi-national / Transnational Companies. Global Tourism, impact on the environment, making tourism more sustainable. Case studies; Example of a MNC, Aiya Napa, ecotourism in Costa Rica. Types of migration. Reasons. Managing migration. Case studies: Mexico – USA, European economic migrants to the UK