Subject Overview

Studying Geography at the Grammar School will help students to:

  • Develop an interest in the local, national and global environment.
  • Appreciate the variety of physical and human environments.
  • Recognise spatial patterns and the relationship between physical and human environments.
  • Understand the relationships between people and their environments.
  • Develop a range of skills necessary to carry out a Geographical enquiry.
  • Develop the ability to recognise different attitudes and values.

The objectives of Junior Cert Geography:

Junior Cert Geography in Drogheda Grammar School will encourage students to:

  • Develop a sense of place in relation to their surroundings and to other places.
  • To use as much as possible (especially in Junior Cert.) examples from the local area.
  • Learn about the variety of human environments; the way that people alter environments and the way that environments shape people’s activities.
  • Understand the significance of the location of places and the spatial organisation of human activities.
  • Experience Geography in action through a variety of fieldtrips.

Senior Cycle

Transition Year

Transition Year Geography gives pupils the opportunity to explore areas of interest in the local area and worldwide. There is time to practice skills needed for the Leaving Cert without the time restrictions.

What sort of subject?

Geography is concerned with the study of people and their environment. A study of Geography will help students develop an understanding of their physical and human surroundings. It examines the changing interrelationships between the physical and human worlds.  Through their study of Geography:

a) Students will develop geographical skills that will help them make informed judgements about issues at local, national and international levels.

b)  It will promote awareness of the spatial, structural and temporal patterns of environmental phenomena.

c)  It will promote the conservation and sustained management of the earth’s resources.

d)  It will recognise and be sensitive to other people and their culture, here in Ireland and elsewhere.

e)  It will develop a variety of geographical skills which can be applied to the world of work and to any other aspects of life.

In Drogheda Grammar we study:

Course Content –  The course is divided into units of study:

Compulsory:

Core Unit 1- Patterns and processes in the physical environment.
Core Unit 2- Regional Geography.
Core Unit 3- Geographical investigation.

There are two electives and we study:

Elective 5- Patterns and processes in human environment.

There are six options and we study:

Option 7-  Geo-ecology.                       (FOR HIGHER LEVEL ONLY)

The student’s competency in the applications and use of geographical skills will be examined in the context of terminal written examination and the geographical investigation. Their competency in their abilities to write cohesively and at length will be examined in the essay style questions. It is advised that students who may wish to study Higher Level Leaving Certificate Geography have acquired a high Junior Certificate grade in both Geography and English. A report on the completed geographical investigation will be submitted for assessment at the end of term one in Leaving Certificate year 2. This must be an individual study and must reflect the syllabus content. 20% of the overall mark will go towards this study and 80% of the overall mark will be in the form of a written terminal exam.