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Tue 21 Nov(4.15 pm)
- Year 9 Parent/Teacher Meetings

Thur 30 Nov (4.15 pm)
- Year 12 Parent/Teacher Meetings

w/c Mon 4 Dec
- School Exams

Mon 18 – Wed 20 Dec
- Year 13 Work Experience

Mon 18 Dec
- Carol Service

Wed 20 Dec (12.20 pm finish)
- Last day of Christmas Term

Thur 21 Dec – Tue 2 Jan (inc)
- Christmas Holidays

Wed 3 Jan
- School Development Day
(no pupils to attend)


Head of Department:

Ms J McElrea, BSc PGCE


Teaching Staff:

Mr C Jellie, BEd MTeach

Mr M Rainey, BEd

Dr M Wood, BA PGCE
Miss A Jones, BEd
Miss J Rollins, BSc PGCE




‘Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future’ Michael Palin


The Geography Department at Belfast High School aims to encourage pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in our dynamic and changing world. We want pupils to be inspired by the world around them and to develop their role as global citizens.


Key Stage 3:

The Geography Department follows the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3. An exciting and balanced programme of study embraces the cross curricular skills (Communication, Using ICT and Using Mathematics) and thinking skills and personal capabilities.


Units Of Study

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Map Skills


Plate Tectonics

Northern Ireland



Weather and Climate

Environment and Resources

Careers in Geography


Rivers and Coasts


Indian Ocean Tsunami

World Issues



Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4 pupils study the CCEA Specification for GCSE Geography. The specification build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at Key Stage 3.






Understanding Our Natural World

A The Dynamic Earth

B Our Changing Weather & Climate

C The Restless Earth


Living in Our Natural World

A People & Where They Live

B Contrasts in World Development

C Managing Our Resources


Fieldwork Report

Controlled Assessment



Key Stage 5:

At Key Stage 5 pupils study the CCEA Specification for AS and A Level.






Physical Geography (including fieldwork skills)

A Fieldwork Skills

B Fluvial Environments


    Atmospheric Systems


Human Geography (including skills and techniques)

A Skills and Techniques

B Population

    Rural and Urban Environment



Human Interactions and Global Issues

A Impact of Population Change

    Issues in Ethnic Diversity

B Tourism


Physical Geography and Decision Making

A The Nature and Sustainability of Tropical Ecosystems 
The Dynamic Earth

B Decision Making


Facilities and Resources


There are two dedicated Geography classrooms which are equipped with an interactive whiteboard or data projector and networked computers. Fieldwork plays an important part in the Geography curriculum. There are annual trips to Magilligan Field Centre and a two day residential to Derrygonnelly Field Centre, Co Fermanagh. A Level students may also attend a variety of relevant lectures provided by the Geographical Association in partnership with Queen’s University, Belfast.


Useful links


CCEA Geography Microsite www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/geography/

National Geographic www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/uk/

International Database www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGateway.php

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/Home.aspx