DEPARTMENT LEADER: MR D SAVAGAR
Geography at MCS engages pupils with the big issues facing the Earth, our home. Pupils learn to explore Earth’s many challenges through a geographical perspective – from the refugee crisis, food and energy security to climate change and the terrible power of Earth-shaping forces. We aim to fascinate and inspire and make pupils curious to discover the world. We challenge them to make constructive decisions, becoming skilful and employable in the process.
Key Stage 3
Our key stage 3 syllabus focuses on developing a sense of awe and wonder about the Earth among our pupils. We equip pupils with the geographical skills required to progress to GCSE geography, while also reinforcing cross-curricular literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
Year 7 pupils study light poverty and inequality, map skills, tourism, the ethics of keeping animals in captivity, Wales’ coastline and weather.
Year 8 pupils study international development (factfulness), the elephant culling debate, natural disasters, globalisation and Russia.
Year 9 pupils study plate tectonics, climate change and desertification and rainforests.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE curriculum reflects the growing interest in issues such as global warming, migration, environmental damage, poverty, natural hazards and future supplies of energy, food and water.
Year 10 pupils study the following topics: 1) The landscapes, rivers and coastline of Wales; 2) Challenges and issues facing rural and urban places and their populations; 3) Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
Year 11 pupils study the following topics: 1) Climate change, extreme weather and world environments; 2) Development and resource issues; 3) Social development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.
Two fieldtrips also support GCSE study.
Fieldtrips are core component of geography at MCS. Year 7 pupils visit Manor Wildlife Park to support their learning about the ethics of keeping animals in captivity. Furthermore, we utilise the school grounds at key stage 3 to conduct a microclimate enquiry and an environmental quality enquiry.
The department also run a weekly eco-club with members responsible for auditing the sustainability of the school. Last year members helped organise a Plastic Sucks competition, raised money for Fairtrade by baking and selling cupcakes and completed weekly recycling of classroom waste. Members also take part in an extremely popular beach-clean, BBQ and camping trip at Llangennith in July each year.
GCSE pupils participate in fieldtrips to Tenby and Gower to study tourism impacts and coastal changes respectively.
The department also offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities. GCSE and A-level geographers visited Iceland in Easter 2019; a trip which will run every two-years.
The department also utilise guest speakers and workshops delivered by Swansea University to support learning about rainforests, tectonic hazards and sustainability.
Meet the team
Mr Savagar studied Human Geography at Aberystwyth University, graduating in 2009 before taking a year out, which included three months of travel across the USA and Latin America. He trained as a teacher in London, completing an MA in Geography Education, then worked in Edmonton County School for 3 years before starting at MCS. When not teaching, Mr Savagar can be found travelling abroad, playing rugby or hiking in the Welsh mountains.
Miss Hopkins studied Geography at Swansea University. After graduating, she furthered her studies and completed a Human Geography Master’s Degree. Miss Hopkins trained as a teacher in Swansea and then taught in Helston Community College, Cornwall for 2 years before starting at MCS. Miss Hopkins likes to visit local areas of interest and travel abroad as often as possible and tries to recreate food from her travels at home. She also enjoys long walks and swimming.
Miss Williams studied History and Human Geography at Aberystwyth University. After graduating she worked in Bishop Gore School and then went on to do her post graduate course in secondary education in Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is a passionate rugby supporter; she is a season ticket holder for the Ospreys and has been lucky enough to travel around the world watching Wales and the Lions. She loves to read and to visit historical sites during school holidays.