Subject Overview: The Geography Department aims to provide our students with a very varied and interesting curriculum which will develop within them a love of learning. Geography also gives the students many transferable skills which they will be able to use in their future careers. We encourage students to make connections between different places around the world and to recognise change and continuity. We use a whole range of resources to stimulate students from the very beginning of Year 7 and try to encourage confident and enquiring geographers. In each year, we study a range of Human, Physical and Environmental Themes and also incorporate lots of mapskills, including GIS ( Geographical Information Systems ). In addition, we also study a number of countries or continents, whereby many of the themes are studied in context.
What we cover in each year group:
Year 7 – Making Connections and Interdependence, Mapskills from Atlas and Ordnance Survey maps, Exploring Britain, Settlements and Urbanisation, the Geography of Shopping, in particular growth of Internet Shopping and Out of Town Superstores, Exploring Russia, Water Resources, Hydrology and Flooding, Hazards such as Hurricanes and Tornadoes, and finally Exploring Africa.
Year 8 – Population Geography, Energy Resources, Coasts, Development, Tectonics including Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Fashion and Globalisation, Ecosystems including the Tropical Rainforests, and finally Climate Change/Global Warming.
Year 9 – are now studying GCSE Geography.
Geography GCSE – at GCSE we follow the AQA exam board which requires students to sit three exams.
One exam focuses on “Living with the Physical Environment”, whereby students learn about different Hazards, such as Tectonics, Weather Hazards, The Living World including ecosystems and finally River and Coastal features of the UK.
The second exam focuses on “Challenges in the Human Environment”, where the focus is on Urban Issues, Energy and Water Issues around the world. It also includes development issues.
The third exam is called Geographical Applications and is based on assessing student development of fieldwork skills, as well as a synoptic exercise where students are tested on their comprehension and understanding of an unseen geographical issue.
Extra-curriculum / enrichment opportunities: We offer a range of opportunities for each year group which deepen student understanding of the topics they are studying. In the recent past this has included at Key Stage 3 visits to the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and also an overseas trip to Iceland. Students who take Geography GCSE are given at least 2 days for fieldwork studies in the local area.
At A Level our students take part in lecture study days and also have to complete 4 days of fieldwork, 2 days of which are residential.