Head of Dept: Douglas Martin
Mr Martin received his BSC(Hons) in Geography from Aberystwyth University in 2010, and received his PGCE in Secondary teaching in 2013. His interested in geography is born from his curiosity at the world around him and has led him to travel around the world to a variety of countries such as Germany, Indonesia and Australia. He is keen to let this interest influence his teaching where pupils will be looking into current world affairs and get a chance look deeply in to the interaction between themselves and the environment that surrounds them. As part of looking into the world around them pupils often get the chance to go out on field trips to investigate and explore those relationships between man and environment.
Geography at Settlebeck
Geography is a dynamic and ever morphing subject that looks critically at the world that surrounds us and at how humans and the environment exist and interact together. Geography aims to give pupils and insight into current and future issues that encompass the world from both a scientific and social perspective.
Geography is a popular subject offered at both Key Stage 3 and at Key Stage 4. Many students continue Geography from Key Stage 3 into GCSE’s due the employment credentials that are noted by employers in a variety of working environments including such employment as town planners, engineers, farmers and within the tourist industry.
Key Stage 3
Geography is compulsory in years 7 and 8 with there being currently three separate ability classes. As with the rest of Key Stage 3 at Settlebeck, the groups are mixed year 7 and 8 students. Class sizes are usually around the 25 mark or less. The geography course is taught with 2 year rolling program in key stage 3, meaning the students get to study a wide variety of topics within the subject. They include: