Geography

Welcome to Noadswood’s Geography Department.  Our aim is to deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum to inspire students and provoke independent thought about the ever changing world in which they live.  We encourage students to develop their understanding of how people interact with their environments and a sense of responsibility for their planet.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students in year 7 follow an integrated humanities curriculum called Navig8.  The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful learners.  For more information please see the Navig8 web page.

Year 8 & 9

Students in year 8 and 9 study a varied and ever changing curriculum.  The nature of Geography gives a unique advantage as we are able to study up to date, relevant global events and issues sometimes in real time.   An example of this was the teaching that took place around the Japanese Tsunami which hit Sendai in 2012.  We have also included lessons on Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Hyian.

Topics include:

  • A Risky World – Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Who Wants to be a Billionaire? – A look at global development issues
  • Extreme Weather – A study of some of the world’s most extreme weather events
  • Dream Holiday – Investigating is tourism a good or bad thing?
  • Flood Alert – A look at the causes and impacts of river and coastal flooding
  • Fantastic Places – Tour some of the world’s awe inspiring places

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography is currently one of the subjects included in the EBacc qualification, making it a popular choice.  Students opting for Geography will be following the new AQA Specification. This will be a new course with teaching starting in September 2016. This specification is assessed through three exams at the end of year 11. The course offers a very up to date and modern approach to geography with engaging and relevant Case Studies and examples. The course also includes two fieldwork opportunities outside of the classroom environment.

Examples of topic areas include:

·   Rivers and Coasts

·   Natural Hazards (Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Tropical Storms)

·   Food and Water Resource Management

·   Extreme Weather in the UK

·   Ecosystems (Rainforests and Deserts)

We are committed to providing high quality teaching and learning allowing students to achieve their full potential at GCSE and develop their enthusiasm and interest for the subject.