Geography’s curriculum is ambitious and allows all pupils to develop knowledge and skills that that promote key geographical values and cultural capital. We have several aims within our curriculum. First, we aim to embed essential knowledge by delivering a wide range of topics within the discipline that explore the world around them, whilst giving pupils the skills needed to interact in a global society. Knowledge will be sequenced and spaced throughout. Second, pupils will explore the interconnections between the human and physical world. Pupils will finish the geography curriculum being acutely aware of the way in which humans impact, and are impacted by, the natural world. Third, pupils will develop important skills. Geographical skills, map work, and fieldwork are investigated thematically and throughout the curriculum in a variety of contexts. Finally, cross curricular links will be embedded throughout the curriculum, ensuring our pupils have access to a breadth and depth throughout the curriculum. Pupils will know at each stage of the curriculum where geography is on the thread that binds all subjects.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for Geography. Students will have two hours of Geography each week.
In Year 7 students will explore the continents and countries of the world, develop map skills and an introduction to fieldwork. Students will develop skills to prepare them for GCSE Geography. Students will then go on to develop an understanding life in Africa, Rights of Children, Migration, Consideration of thoughts & feelings, solving the migrant crisis, effect of conflict in Sudan, Schooling in Ghana, Causes of Piracy, effects & solutions. Students will learn about weather, coasts, rivers and glaciers before finishing the year learning about the world’s economy and how money is moved around the world.
In Year 8, students will start by taking a virtual backpacking trip through Asia. They will study the continent of Asia, looking at issues of overpopulation, the China One Child Policy, migration and the causes and effects of tourism. Students will then study a unit called Restless Earth – where they study the structure of the earth, causes, effects and solutions to volcanos, earthquakes and tsunami. Students will go on to learn about extreme environments, looking at landscapes, climates, adaptations and threats to a variety of environments, including deserts, polar regions, caves and oceans; climate change and resource management.
Key Stage 4
Geography is a subject like no other – it allows you to link events that are yet to even happen with changes that have been happening for millions of years! It is a subject that goes well with the Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Humanities, Languages and Arts. It is very flexible in terms of what it can be combined with both at GCSE and A Level. Above all it is fun, engaging and allows those to want to excel to be able to! What are you waiting for…Geography is the future!
|The Physical Environment||
- The Changing Landscape of the UK
- Coastal Landscapes & Processes
- River Landscapes & Processes
- Weather Hazards & Climate Change
|External exam||June in Year 11||37.5|
|The Human Environment||- Changing Cities
- Global Development Resource Management
- Energy Resource Management
|External exam||June in Year 11||37.5|
|Fieldwork and UK Challenges||- Fieldwork
- Coastal landscapes
- Urban environments
|External exam||June in Year 11||25|
Key Stage 5
Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university.
Your A Level geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject – how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.
Fieldwork will be an essential part of your A Level course. You will go on a residential field trip to experience a very different environment to the one where you live. For example you may visit Wales, an area famous for its coastal, river and glaciated scenery, as well as carrying out enquiries relating to issues in your local environment.
For further information, please see the Geography A-Level Handbook
|Mrs Rowe||Miss Burrows||Miss Crane||Mrs Davies||Mr Rogers|
|Head of Year 10 and Curriculum Leader of Geography||Assistant Principal for Student Engagement||Teacher of Geography||Teacher of Geography||Duke of Edinburgh Lead and Teacher of Geography|