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Geography

Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. We aim to stimulate in our students an interest in and a sense of wonder about the world around them. We also aim to equip our students with the ability to question, investigate and to think critically about issues affecting the world and peoples’ lives now and in the future, and to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.


The Geography department is based in 3 rooms that are located on the H floor. We share this floor alongside the other Humanities subjects of History and RS.

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 students receive 3 lessons per fortnight, usually with 1 or 2 teachers. Each topic lasts a half term and 4 assessments will take place over the year.

The topics students learn about in year 7 are:

  • Geography of the World – an introduction to Geography which includes physical and human aspects of Geography along with map skills.
  • Environmental concerns – Our impact on the environment from local to Global that includes waste, recycling and Global warming.
  • Life in Africa – Physical and human aspects of Africa as a continent and a country study of Kenya.
  • Geography of Food – Farming to include the farming game, food labels, food miles and chocolate.
  • Power of nature – Earthquakes and volcanoes, causes, features and impacts of these hazards.
  • The Blue Planet – hydrological cycle, weather, microclimates investigation, rivers and flooding.


The topics students learn about in year 8 are:

  • Wild weather – Covers a range of extreme weathers to include Tropical storms, tornadoes, Ice storms, drought, heat waves and the case study of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Japan – A country study of the physical and human features of this Asian country and their use of technology to overcome their natural restrictions. 
  • Tourism and Coasts – The growth and impact of this economic activity along with a decision making exercise to locate and design a hotel complex on a tropical island.
  • Extreme Environments – how people, animals and plants are adapted to both hot arid and polar environments
  • Brazil and tropical rainforests - a country study to include the human aspect of culture, favela’s and street children to the physical aspects of the structure and life inside the Amazon. 
  • Globalisation and Population – population growth, impacts and the development of world trade and a global culture to include the trade game.

Parental advice - Students are encouraged to ensure they learn the key knowledge required as they go through a topic and it is difficult to ensure progress without doing this. Encourage students to produce mind-maps or flash cards and help them to develop the skills to learn independently. Students will undertake 4 assessments throughout the year to measure progress.

GCSE

In years 9 and 10 students receive 5 lessons per fortnight. Each topic lasts each half term and students will complete an in classroom assessment using exam paper questions following on from each topic along with the mock exams.

The topics students learn about in year 9 are:

  • Plate Tectonics – The structure of the Earth, features of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, impacts using named case studies and the management of these hazards.
  • Climate change – Natural causes of climate change, climate change in the past with the little ice age and the causes and impacts of the enhanced greenhouse effect.
  • Biosphere – Location of the Biomes, structure, value, threats and management of the Tropical rainforest.
  • Coasts – Processes and landforms caused by erosion, transportation and deposition along with the types and impacts of coastal management schemes.
  • Population – Growth, structure, pressure on resources, causes and impacts of migration
  • Living Spaces – Urban and rural settlements, variations in living space, growth of the Megacity and the creation of more sustainable living spaces

 

The topics students learn about in year 10 are:

  • Hazardous world - Tectonics – The structure of the Earth, features of earthquakes and volcanoes, impacts using named case studies and the management of these hazards
  • Hazardous world – Climate – Global circulation model, climate change, causes and impacts of Tropical cyclones and the management of these hazards.
  • Development Dynamics – measuring development, the development gap, models of development, reducing development with top down and bottom up approaches and the case study of one emerging country.
  • Challenges of an Urbanising world – causes and challenges of rapid urban growth, a case study in the variation if the quality of life in one emerging country megacity.
  • UK Geographical issues - Geology, geomorphic processes and human activity over time and an in-depth study of river processes and pressures. This will involve completing a physical fieldwork investigation.

Parental advice - Students need to be able to apply the knowledge and skills that they study. Ensure your child learns the key facts as they go through topics and get them into the habit of producing revision resources such as mindmaps and flash cards as they go along. Try to test them on these so you can see how much they remember.

 

More extensive revision guides will be available to buy for £6 from the Geography department. The students also have access to GCSEpod.