James Blocksidge

James Blocksidge (Head of Department )

Philippa Stumbles(Teacher of Geography)

Sam Walker (Head of Year 7)

Drew Owen (Head of Travel and Tourism)

James Blocksidge    :  jblocksidge@englishcollege.ac.ae

Philippa Stumbles   :  pstumbles@englishcollege.ac.ae

Sam Walker              :  swalker@englishcollege.ac.ae

Drew Owen               :  dowen@englishcollege.ac.ae

The Geography Team aims to provide the best possible geographical learning experience for our students both within and outside of the classroom. Through their journey in Geography, students will learn how to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. The programme of study explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on students’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales ranging from the personal to the global. Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

The Geography Department is led by Louise Walshe and three further full time Geography specialists, Zak Sali, Sam Walker and Drew Owen. The department sets high expectations, and encourages self-evaluation and enquiry learning. Independent learning and self-management is encouraged. Teachers offer supportive feedback and discussions so pupils can track their own progress and set targets. Classroom activities are varied, frequently involving group work and student presentations. Open-ended activities allow gifted and talented students to excel and be challenged. The department is well resourced and is equipped with interactive whiteboards, a set of tablets, and a wealth of academic resources. Students can access the large bank of additional electronic resources Google Classroom both in School and from home. Both GCSE and A-Level students study for Edexcel Geography examinations.

Learning outside the classroom is a vital part of Geography. We take every opportunity to carry out practical fieldwork in a variety of environments, using the unique advantage of our coastal and desert location as often as possible. Fieldwork, trips and visits are organised at GCSE and A-Level. Currently two fieldtrips occur annually – a local GCSE trip to complete Controlled Assessment, and a residential trip to Borneo at A-Level. The Geography Department also runs a trip to Iceland in order to see the country’s outstanding geographical and geological attractions. Many Geographers are also actively involved in the International Award.

At Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to study a range of human and physical Geography topics. Current areas of study include:

Year 7

  •           Introduction to Geography and Map Skills
  •           The United Kingdom
  •           Cold Environments
  •           The Middle East

Year 8

  •          Weather and Climate
  •          Europe including Population and Migration
  •          Africa including Desert Environments

Year 9

  •          Natural Hazards including Plate Tectonics
  •          Development
  •          Emerging Superpowers

Year 10- (new spec)  1-9

Qualification title AQA GCSE in Geography 8035

The year 10 GCSE students are currently studying for the new AQA specification . All examination take place at the end of year 11 with a unit of study which involved a fieldtrip. Students start the two year course with Physical geography including the following topics;

  • Natural Hazards
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Hot Deserts
  • UK Physical landscape
  • UK Coastal landscape
  • River landscapes

Edexcel A    GCSE  – 2GA01    A*-E

Year 11 GCSE students currently study for Edexcel A Geography examination which covers four units. Units 1, 2 and 3 are examined and are all taken at the end of Year 11. The examinations are offered at two levels of entry. Foundation level is designed for students working towards a grade B or C and the Higher level for students working towards an A* grade.  Unit 4 is a piece of Controlled Assessment based on data collected during a fieldwork day in Year 11. Each unit accounts for 25% of the final grade.

Unit 1: Geographical Skills and Challenges

This unit develops students graphical and map skills. It also investigates current global challenges including climate change and deforestation.

Unit 2: The Natural Environment

Students study units on ‘Coastal Landscapes’, ‘River Landscapes’, ‘Tectonic Landscapes’ and ‘A Wasteful World’.

Unit 3: The Human Environment

Students study units on ‘Economic Change’, ‘Settlement Change’, ‘Population Change’ and ‘A Tourist’s World’.

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment

AQA Advanced Level GCE in Geography 7037

Year 12 students are currently studying for the new AQA specification which incorporates a physical and human paper as well as a fieldwork unit. All exams are at the end of year 13 with no AS examinations.

Students start this two year course studying a mix of the physical and human topics;

  • Water and Carbon cycle
  • Coastal Systems and landscapes
  • Changing places
  • Global systems and global governance

Year 13-

A-Level students study for Edexcel Geography examination and partake in an international fieldtrip to Borneo.

Unit 1: Global Challenges

Students study a range of challenges including natural hazards, climate change, globalisation, population, migration and urban environments.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

This unit focuses on the processes issues surrounding ‘Crowded Coasts’ and ‘Rebranding Places’.

Unit 3: Contested Planet

Students investigate topical issues including ‘Energy Security’, ‘Water Conflicts’, ‘Superpower Geographies’, ‘Bridging the Development Gap’, ‘Biodiversity Under Threat’, and ‘Technological Fix’.

Unit 4: Geographical Research

Students research tectonic activity and associated hazards in order to write an extended report

A Level         :   5-6 hours a week

GCSE            :   3 hours minimum a week

Key Stage 3  :   1 hour minimum a week

Key Stage 3

W/C 7 8 9
28th Aug Intro to Geog & Map Skills Weather and Climate Hazards – Tectonics
4th Sep
11th Sep*
18st Sep
25th Sep
2nd Oct*
9th Oct
16th Oct
23rd Oct Cycle 1 assessment
30th Oct Cycle 1 assessment
6th Nov Cycle 1 assessment
13th Nov
20th  Nov
27th Nov*
4th Dec
11th Dec*
25th Dec
1st  Jan United Kingdom Europe, Popn. & Migration Development
8th Jan
15th Jan
22nd Jan
29th  Jan
5th Feb Cycle 2 assessment Cycle 2 assessment Cycle 2 assessment
12th Feb
19th  Feb
26th Feb Superpowers
5th Mar Cold Environments
12th Mar
19th Mar
2nd  April
9th Apr
16th Apr
23rd  Apr*
30th Apr Africa & Deserts Coasts (GCSE content)
7th May
14th May
21st  May Cycle 3 assessment (End of Year exam) Cycle 3 assessment (End of Year exam) Cycle 3 assessment (End of Year exam)
28th May* Middle East
4th Jun
11th Jun
18th Jun
25th Jun Assess coasts at beginning of year 10

*Potentially days off this week due to Religious holiday etc..

*Marking and data entry to take place in the two weeks after the cycle assessments are complete

Key Stage 4

W/C 10 11
28th Aug Paper 1 – Physical Env Paper 2 – Human Env (cont. from Yr10)
4th Sep (3.1.1) 1 Natural hazards Recap (3.2.1) Urban issues and challenges
11th Sep (3.1.1) 2 Tectonic hazards 3.2.2 The changing economic world
18th Sep
25th Sep
2nd Oct
9th Oct
16th Oct (3.1.1) 3 Weather hazards
23rd Oct
30th Oct (3.2.3) 1 Resource management
6th Nov
13st Nov
20th Nov (3.1.1) 4 Climate change (3.2.3) 2/3/4 Food, Water OR Energy
27th Nov
4th Dec
11th Dec (3.1.2) 1 Ecosystems
18th Dec
25th Dec
1st Jan (3.1.2) 2 Tropical rainforests
8th Jan
15th Jan Revision human paper 2
22nd Jan (3.1.2) 3 Hot deserts Paper 2 Mock?
5th Feb
12th Feb
19th Feb (3.1.3)1 UK physical landscapes
26th Feb (3.1.3) 2 UK Coastal landscapes
5th Mar
19th Mar
26th Mar (3.1.3) 3 River landscapes in the UK
2nd Apr
9th Apr
23th Apr Paper 2 Mock?
30th Apr Revision
7th May
14th May Revision Physical paper 1
21st May Paper 1 Mock?
28th May (3.2.1) Urban issues and challenges EXAMS
4th Jun
11th Jun
18th Jun
25th Jun

(Coasts will be completed in year 9 from Sept 2016.)

Key Stage 5

W/C Year 12 SW          Year 12 LW Year 13 SW Year 13 LW
28th Aug
4th Sep Water and carbon cycle Changing places Fieldwork moderation and changes to be made Fieldwork moderation and changes to be made
11th Sep (Eid)
18th Sep Hazards Population and Env
25th Sep
2nd Oct

(half term)

9th Oct
16th Oct
23rd Oct
30th Oct
6th Nov
13st Nov
20th Nov Coastal systems and landscapes Global systems and global governance
27th Nov

(national day)

4th Dec
11th Dec
18th Dec        
25th Dec        
1st Jan Core themes revision Core themes revision
8th Jan
15th Jan
22nd Jan Physical paper mock

Core and optional themes

Human paper mock

Core and optional themes

29th Jan
5th Feb
12th Feb
26th Feb
12th Mar
19th Mar
26th Mar
2nd Apr
9th Apr        
23th Apr
30th Apr Revision Revision
7th May
14th May Physical paper Mock- core themes only Human paper  mock- core themes only
21st May Study leave? Study leave?
4th Jun
11th Jun
18th Jun
25th Jun

Fieldtrips included in intro section