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Geography

Geography

Geography is a very broad subject and pupils will learn about both the physical and human aspects of the subject.

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will learn about using map and geographical skills along with how to carry out a geographical enquiry. Geography helps pupils to develop a range of skills, including literacy and numeracy. The subject allows pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, often using events happening in the world, for example earthquakes and floods.

Geography along with History make up the Humanities Faculty.  The Humanities Faculty has three member of staff.
Second in Faculty:  Miss C Wilson
Humanities Department: Mr T Shaun, Mr M Plant

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 students will begin by investigating what geography is, followed by map skills. Skills covered will include grid references, measuring distance, relief and interpreting maps. Students will be introduced to the different aspects of geography covering physical and human topics, including deserts and settlement. 

Year 8

At the start of Year 8 students will focus on physical geography; studying weathering and erosion, the water cycle, rivers, ecosystems and weather. Students will learn about the process that operate in rivers and the formations that these create. There is a cross curricular link with Science as pupils investigate food webs and the location of major ecosystems with a focus on tropical rainforests. Students have the opportunity to complete a microclimate survey around school within the weather topic.

Year 9

In Year 9 students continue to learn about the different aspects of physical and human geography. The topics studied include coasts, tectonic hazards and resource management. Time will be spent on recapping and developing geographical skills.

The programme of study each year is as follows:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • Introduction to Geography
  • Map Skills
  • Deserts
  • Hazards
  • Project Based Investigation

Year 8

  • Weathering & Erosion
  • Rivers
  • Ecosystems 
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Weather

Year 9    

  • Coasts
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • UK Weather Hazards
  • Geographical Skills

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and Year 11

GCSE – AQA Geography (8035)

This course is based on both physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. 

The subject content is split into four units:

3.1 - Living with the physical environment
3.2 - Challenges in the human environment
3.3 - Geographical applications
3.4 - Geographical skills

The first unit covers topics such as tectonic hazards, climate change, tropical rainforests and river landscapes. The second unit examines population, sustainability and development along with the challenge of resource management. Within these units students are required to study case studies and examples. Case studies are broader in context and require greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Examples are more focused on a specific event or situation, are smaller in scale and do not cover the same degree of content. Unit 3.3 sets out the requirements for fieldwork and issue evaluation. Unit 3.4 sets out the geographical skills that pupils are required to develop and demonstrate.

The programme of study each year is as follows:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 10       

  • Natural hazards/Tectonic hazards
  • Tropical storms
  • Extreme weather in the UK
  • Climate change - Global and UK
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Coastal landscapes
  • Coastal landscapes
  • River landscapes
  • Geographical and fieldwork skills

Year 11

  • Challenges in the Human Environment
  • Challenges in the Human Environment
  • Revision
  • Revision
  • Exams