In order to develop students’ sense of curiosity about the world they live in and to promote high standards of attainment, we teach a broad range of topics in depth, which meet the demands of the new National Curriculum. Links between what is studied at Key Stages 3 and 4 are explicitly made so that students build on what they already know when acquiring new knowledge.
We aim to ensure that every student will have an interest in and a sense of wonder about our planet. In this complex and dynamically changing world, we will equip students with the skills to be able to articulate their own opinions about global issues that affect them as well as understand the views of others. Through their study of Geography, students will be able to explain where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Students will learn to think spatially, use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, students begin by looking at the Geography of the UK, investigating the physical and human landscape, population, weather and economy, whilst getting to grips with some of the geographical skills they will be using over the course of the year. This leads onto looking at urban issues within the UK, developing their understanding of the process of urbanisation, followed by energy and sustainability where students will discover the future energy options for the UK and how we can ensure these are sustainable. In the spring term students study weather and climate, taking a look at the processes behind the weather we experience in the UK and finally students will look at global ecosystems where they learn about the major biomes, their locations and characteristics. Students end the year with a geographical fieldwork investigation which revisits urban issues and includes a field trip enabling students to collect their own primary data which they can then analyse back in college.
In year 8, students begin by looking at water on the land, where they learn about the key processes which help to shape the physical geography of our landscape, through looking at rivers and coasts. Students then go on to looking at population and migration, including population structures, the issues of ageing populations and the effects of migration. In the spring term, students study development along with human and physical hazards, which includes plate tectonics, drought, flooding, crime and avalanches. Again, students end the year with a geographical fieldwork investigation where they will develop their geographical skills further and visit a river landscape to carry out their investigation. Again, they collect their own primary data and analyse this back in college.
Key Stage 4
The OCR A GCSE Geography course examines what it is like living in the UK today, from the different landscapes and people, to the environmental challenges facing the UK. Students also study the world around us, which looks at the variety of peoples and ecosystems across the globe and develop and improve their geographical and fieldwork skills, by taking part in fieldwork operations that allow them to put their geographical skills in action. Students complete the course by taking three exams at the end of year 11.
The Geography department contribute to the school’s diverse enrichment programme by facilitating students taking part in:
- the geographical worldwise quiz.
- a study of ecosystems at the Yew Trail, Markfield.
- the year 7 community day.