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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Mr A Magee BA (Hons), PGCE

Introduction to the department

The geography department has a shared vision, and for students we seek to engender the following 

  • Knowledge and understanding of the planet Earth and its people.
  • Lasting awareness of the world around us.
  • Sensitivity and empathy towards all others.
  • Tolerance and independent thinking.
  • Preparedness for an active citizen’s role in a changing world.

We have access to the schools well equipped ICT facilities and specialist geography software and web-based programs. The Geography team has a strong interest in fieldwork to support all key stages and is well resourced, providing students with a range of support materials to encourage and promote learning.

Key stage 3  (Year 7 and 8)  

The KS3 course is intended to introduce students to the full scope of the subject from the very start and allow all students to appreciate and investigate the sheer variety of physical and human landscapes on our planet and how these are changing. The programme of study in each year at KS3 is carefully designed to incorporate a variety of places, scales and contemporary issues and is planned for the progression of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Year 7

Amazing Places; Weather and Climate; Our Changing Settlements; Our Frozen Planet – A Journey to Antarctica; Population and Resources; Oceans on the Edge.

Year 8

Ecosystems - Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts; Our Hazardous World – Volcanoes and Earthquakes; Globalisation and Fashion; Amazing Asia – Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) 

Key stage 4 at DHSG

Pupils follow the AQA specification.

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website  GCSE Geography Specification


Teaching at Key Stage Four

Lessons and schemes of work are designed to build on students’ knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3 and gradually progress these, alongside geographical skills, from Year 9 to Year 11. Topics are split across the three year course to ensure a range of human and physical geography topics are studied within each year.

Year 9

  • River landscapes of the UK
  • Coastal landscapes of the UK
  • Changing economic world - Nigeria

Year 10

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • Fieldwork skills

Year 11

  • The living world
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Changing economic world – The UK
  • Geographical enquiry and issue evaluation

Extra-curricular activities 

Fieldwork is a fundamental part of the study of Geography and students are provided with a range of fieldwork opportunities. Below are some of the trips that run regularly in the department.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 –  National Marine Aquarium – investigating the threats and challenges facing our ocean ecosystems.

Year 8 – Eden Project – studying tropical rainforests and other biomes

Key Stage 4 (Year 9,10 and 11)

Plymouth or Exeter city centre  - investigating changing urban environments and evaluating the success of regeneration schemes
Dawlish Warren – investigating coastal processes and landforms and the impact of coastal management

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13)

Start Bay - investigating coastal processes and landforms in preparation for students’ own independent investigation.East London – investigating sense of place and urban regeneration in East London

Devonport docks and Plymouth waterfront – investigating our local sense of place, urban regeneration and urban deprivation.