Geography

Faculty Leader:

Mrs A Murden

Staff:

Miss C Allee
Mrs A Murden

Ethos of the Faculty:

Geography is the academic study of the relationship between humans and our amazing planet. It has a huge breadth of subject matter with few boundaries. It is this breadth and the relevance of the subject that makes it so important and interesting to teach and for pupils to learn.
We aim to prepare pupils for the world after 16, both as members of society and in whatever career path they choose to follow. It teaches many life skills as well as specific information. It trains individuals to think and to question what is happening to them, their town, their country and their planet. It introduces them to the role of governments and individuals as decision makers and catalysts for positive change.

Aims:

- To stimulate pupil interest in the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface.
- To foster a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them at all scales.
- To help pupils develop an informed concern about the quality of life faced by people on our planet.
- To help pupils develop an informed concern for the quality of the environment.
- To enhance pupils’ sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.
- To help pupils’ develop informed opinion on how change can be managed and the role of individuals and groups in encouraging change.
- For pupils to attain their target grades in end of KS assessments.

Year 7 Curriculum:

In year 7 we introduce pupils to Geography through initially studying ‘the basics’. How is the world made up? Where are we located in the world?

Other topics studied this year include:

Map skills 

Settlements

Ecosystems

Weather and climate

Fieldwork

Year 8 Curriculum:

In year 8 we begin to develop as geographers with a varied and exciting curriculum. Topics studied are both topical and relevant, providing pupils with a better understanding of the world in which we live. Pupils study a range of locations both in the developed and developing world and examine the way that people have interacted with the physical environment.

Topics studied this year include:

Urban issues and challenges

Natural hazards


Development and globalisation

Fieldwork

Year 9 Curriculum:

In year 9 we begin our GCSE course. We follow the new AQA specification. This course is a relevant and exciting course that focuses on enquiry-based learning to develop new skills and encourage pupils to think geographically. Pupils are encouraged to make geographical decisions by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to current and relevant issues.

During this year we study topics such as:

Physical landscapes in the UK

Urban issues and challenges

Challenges of resource management

Fieldwork

Year 10 & 11 Curriculum:

In years 10 and 11 we continue to develop as geographers through studying the AQA GCSE Geography course. The GCSE Geography course builds upon areas already studied in Key Stage 3 which gives students a solid base from which to start.

This GCSE course encourages pupils to develop their knowledge of geographical topics such as globalisation, urbanisation, river and coastal management as well as developing an awareness of environmental responsibility and sustainability.

In both years 10 and 11 there is a strong fieldwork element where pupils conduct a geographical enquiry, and independently and accurately collect primary and secondary data and present their findings. This is to ensure pupils are well prepared for the final paper of geographical skills in their GCSE exam.

AQA GCSE Geography structure:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
1 ½ hour paper – 35% of GCSE
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
1 ½ hour paper – 35% of GCSE
Paper 3: Geographical applications
1 hour paper – 30% of GCSE

Extra Curricular 

• Geography leaders

• Group revision and booster sessions

• One-to-one revision sessions

• Fieldwork trips

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9