|Mrs C Lancaster|
|Mrs A Murden|
|Mr A Nightingale (Deputy Head)|
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.
- 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.
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
Theme 1: Living with the Physical Environment
This unit is concerned with physical processes and systems, their dynamic nature and human interaction with them at a range of scales and in a range of places.
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: Physical Landscapes in the UK
Section C: The living World
Theme 2: Challenges in the Human Environment
This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change. They are studied in a range of places, at a variety of scales and must include places in various states of development.
Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management
Theme 3: Geographical Applications
Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork