It is important that our students have a secure understanding of the world we live in; the location of places; and the diversity of its ecosystems, climate and its people. A variety of skills such as data and photograph interpretation, map reading and fieldwork will be utilised.
The study of Geography focuses on the major issues facing society today. It is designed to lead students to an understanding of the nature and origin of these issues and the various ways in which they might be managed effectively. As students study Geography they gain a significant insight into the world around them and the interconnectedness of processes and patterns. Our Geography curriculum encourages students to consider issues from various perspectives and viewpoints which promotes personal, social and intellectual development. Lessons in the Geography department also teach the importance of good citizenship and stewardship of the environment as well as literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
In Year 7 students begin to investigate the world around them by studying a variety of human and physical Geography topics. The year starts with an introduction to Geographical skills and map work which develop the basic toolkit that students will use throughout the rest of Key Stage 3. We then explore how coasts shape the landscape and consider coastal management. Students then study the changing urban world to investigate modern cities in the UK. Students will examine river processes and features and explore the complex issues surrounding river flooding. Finally, students will explore the changing UK economy, considering how the UK has adapted to a changing economic world.
In our increasingly complex world, it is essential that we equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need to understand the global affairs which we see reported on the news every day. We want Geography to be a subject in which the students can gain an understanding of these issues and be ‘skilled up’ to talk about their own opinions of these global concerns. Geographers should be global citizens and should feel that they can participate in debates and discussions about the ‘big issues’ facing not only our country, but also some of the most vulnerable countries across the world. Working with the Rodillian Trust, we have devised an exciting new curriculum which students will start in September. The first unit is linked to conflict and we will explore this concept through current case studies, visible on the news each day. We will link with History and RE to deliver this curriculum and explore different forms of media.
By Year 9 students have developed a good overview of Geography and the course becomes more focussed on how students can influence the world around them by making informed decisions. Discussion and debate play a larger role in how students are taught. Pupils are taught to be able to formulate an argument from a particular viewpoint and to justify their opinions using a wide range of sources. Pupils will consolidate and extend their knowledge by investigating global issues such as weather and climate, development and population, natural hazards, ecosystems, resources and the changing economic world. This combination of human and physical geography will ensure that students are prepared for taking GCSE Geography in Year 10.
Once students reach GCSE Geography they will have already gained the geographical skills needed in order to be successful at GCSE. Therefore, the teaching for GCSE aims to challenge pupils whilst encouraging them to continue geographical learning to an even higher level.
Year 10/11 (AQA GCSE specification)
Paper 1 (35%) – Living with the Physical Environment (1.5-hour exam)
- The Challenge of Natural Hazards (including Tectonic and Weather Hazards)
- The Living World (including Tropical Rainforests and Deserts)
- Physical Landscapes of the UK (including Rivers and Coasts)
Paper 2 (35%)- Challenges of the Human Environment (1.5-hour exam)
- Urban Issues and Challenges
- The Changing Economic World
- The Challenge of Resource Management (including Food)
Paper 3 (30%)- Geographical Applications (1.15-hour exam)
- Issues Evaluation (based on pre-released material)
- Fieldwork (based on fieldwork to tow contrasting environments)
GCSE Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035