Geography

Year 7

Students in year 7 are involved in a unique curriculum combining Navig8 and the 3 humanities subjects; Geography, History and RS. The curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills they will need to be independent and successful learners with an increased focus on more subject specific content. The autumn term in Geography focuses on enquiry and project based outcomes linked to Africa. In the spring and summer terms students will study a geography curriculum based on core knowledge which will include geographical skills and the geography of the local area.

 Year 8 

Students in year 8 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.

Topics include:

  • A Risky World – Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Rich World, Poor World: A look at global development issues
  • Extreme Weather – A study of some of the world’s most extreme weather events
  • Thailand– Investigating is tourism a good or bad thing?
  • Flood Alert – A look at the causes and impacts of river and coastal flooding.

 Year 9

Up until Christmas, students in Year 9 will study two units aimed at helping them develop the learning skills and approaches they will need for the successful completion of the GCSE. This aims to provide them with a smooth transition from Key Stage 3 Geography to the demands of GCSE.

The two units are:

  • Fantastic Places – a look at some of the amazing places around the world
  • The Rise of China – an investigation into the next global superpower??

After Christmas year 9 students will start the GCSE course.

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.