In order to develop students’ sense of curiosity about the world they live in and to promote high standards of attainment in Geography, we teach a broad range of topics in depth, which meet the demands of the National Curriculum. Links between what is studied at Key Stages 3 and 4 are made explicitly clear 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.
Year 7 Curriculum
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 and Curitiba in Brazil, 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. Finally, students will look at energy options of wind turbines, nuclear power and carbon footprints. They also look at ecosystems where they learn about the major biomes, their locations and characteristics. Students will also complete local fieldwork.
Year 8 Curriculum
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 study development and the way countries are classified as ACs, EDCs and LIDCs along with globalisation, aid. Finally, students look at population and migration, including population structures, the issues of ageing populations and the effects of migration. Students also complete another piece of local fieldwork to complement their studies.
Year 9 Curriculum
In year 9, students begin by looking at climate over time, where they learn about changes in global climate patterns, where they learn about the natural and human causes of climate change. Students then go on to look at the Earth’s structure, including formation of volcanoes and the different types of earthquakes. Finally students study tourism where they look at the growth of tourism and the different types of tourism including: Global tourism, Ecotourism, Extreme Tourism and Dark Tourism.
Year 10 and Year 11 Curriculum
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. This learning builds on the foundational knowledge from Key Stage Three. Students also develop and improve their geographical and fieldwork skills, by taking part in two fieldwork operations that allow them to put their geographical skills in action. One of these fieldwork trips will be to a town or city and the other will be to a local river. 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:
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Eco schools/ recycling within the city