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Breda Academy, Belfast



Subject Overview:

Geography is a diverse, relevant and engaging subject that inspires awe, curiosity and a deep sense of responsibility. It is a fascinating subject to study and has relevance for both inside and outside the classroom. This quote from the Royal Geographic Society explains the value of studying Geography:

“Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, better informed, and more responsible as citizens and employees.”

What do we learn in Geography at Breda Academy?

The vision statement of the Geography Department at Breda Academy is:

“To develop a sense of wonder about the world around us and to make sense of the complex interactions between society, economy and environment. Learners today. Leaders tomorrow.”

The three objectives of the Geography Department at Breda Academy are:

1. Develop the learner as an individual who can gain high levels of personal and academic achievement through the maintaining of high standards of behaviour, teaching and learning

2. Develop the learner as a contributor to society who is concerned with how their actions and the actions of others impact the world around them through the promotion of the study of Human Geography

3. Develop the learner as a contributor to the economy and the environment who appreciates the complex relationships within the natural world through the promotion of the study of Physical Geography

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

The topics that are studied within Geography at Key Stage 3 are:

Year 8:

1. Introduction to Geography

2. Settlements

3. Map Skills

4. Rocks

5. Zombie Apocalypse Project

Year 9:

1. Weather and Climate

2. Development

3. Rainforests

4. Climate Change Project

Year 10:

1. Tourism

2. Rivers

3. Restless Earth

4. World Issues

5. Topical Geography Project


Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

At Key Stage 4, we follow the CCEA GCSE Geography specification as we study three units:

Unit 1: Understanding our Natural World

1. River Environments

2. Coastal Environments

3. Our Changing Weather and Climate

4. The Restless Earth

Unit 2: Living in our World

1. Population and Migration

2. Changing Urban Areas

3. Contrasts in World Development

4. Managing our Environment

Unit 3: Fieldwork

1. A study of a river environment in Northern Ireland


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