The Geography department at Lewis School Pengam is a popular and successful at KS3, KS4 and KS5. We cover a variety of topics from earthquakes and volcanoes, to tropical storms and even shopping!
Each pupil studies 3 topics a year in KS3. Geography is compulsory in KS3, year 7 pupils have 2 hours of geography a fortnight, year 8 and year 9 have either 2 or 3 hours a fortnight. Year 7 study settlements, map skills and rivers and flooding. Year 8 study population, threatened environments and retail. Year 9 study plate tectonics, weather and climate and rich and poor World.
We have an excellent track record at GCSE Level. The summer 2015 results were the best we have ever had with 88% of pupils passing GCSE Geography with a grade C or above. We follow the WJEC syllabus at KS4, this combines 9 different topics along with 2 controlled assessments. The assessment is 75% exam and 25% controlled assessment. Geography remains a popular choice at GCSE with nearly 25% of the school studying GCSE Geography in year 10 and 11.
We also follow the WJEC syllabus at AS and A2 level. Pupils broaden their knowledge of climate change, tectonics, hydrology, population, settlement, sustainability and development and also study new topics on the tundra and desert environments. The assessment is 100% exam based. Two exams being sat at the end of year 12 and two further exams being sat at the end of year 13. We have consistently had over 60% of the pupils taking A2 Geography achieving grades A*-C and have had 100% A*-E for the past 10 years.
Mr H Davies – Head of Geography
Mr R Thomas – Assistant Head Teacher
Miss S Jenkins