Geography

GEOGRAPHY

Our Geography curriculum is delivered by dedicated and experienced professionals.

We work hard to provide lessons that engage, inspire and challenge so that students of all abilities enjoy Geography and  make excellent progress. Geography is about people and places and helps students make sense of the world.

Key Stage 3


NEW COURSES FOR 2016!

In order to prepare students for the new GCSE courses which begin in September 2016 we are adding Rivers and Floods to Year 7 Summer Term. This will hopefully include local fieldwork in association with Greshams School. The Geography of Sport will also be studied in the Summer just in time for the big events this year, EURO 2016 and the Rio Olympics.

With the same fieldwork aim in mind we have re-introduced our Summer unit on Coasts for Year 8. Year 9 sees the introduction of a number of shorter units such as The Ocean, Coffee Break as well as some more indepth and focused units such as Development and Tourism. All these units will help provide some solid foundation for further study at both GCSE and A-level.

Year 7

In Year 7 Geography is all about making sure our students have a sound understanding of some basic geographical concepts and skills. This means being able to interpret and using Ordnance Survey maps, knowing some basic Geography of the British Isles, learning how to use and atlas and beginning to explore some of the weird Geography located in some of the far flung places in the World.

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

 

Year 8

In Year 8 students build upon the skills and knowledge developed in Year 7. So having successfully enhanced their knowledge of the British Isles attention is turned to a major LEDC, Brazil. Brazil is becoming a major player in the world with the World Cup this year and the Olympics in 2016.

This topic naturally leads to a study of Tropical Rainforests and the associated issues such as deforestation and climate change. Linked to this is an extensive study of Weather and Climate. 

Students begin to understand the pattern of weather and climate in the British Isles and Europe in general. Year 8 is also when students get their first taste of Plate Tectonics. Learning hoe the Earth’s plates are fundamental in the pattern of earthquakes and volcanic activity is a major building block to understanding hoe the Earth works. The year concludes in the summer term with a short course on London, our capital city.

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

  • Plates, Earthquakes & Volcanoes
  • Brazil
  • Rainforest Ecosystems
  • Weather & Climate Patterns in Europe
  • London, our capital city

 

Year 9

In Year 9 the idea is to introduce students to the major players on the World stage both physically and economically.  Students also consider some of the major issues that tend to capture the headlines. The year begins with a study of China. Students focus on the Physical Geography of the country and the factors that have led to its economic growth and prowess. This is followed by a short course on The Geography of Conflict. This unit nicely illustrates how Geography has always played a major role in determining the outcome of conflicts. 

Next is the USA, the World’s major political and military force. This unit looks at the history of the USA and its role in the modern World. Time is also spent looking at another European nation not unlike Britain. In this case the focus is on France which ultimately gives students the chance to consider the pros and cons of the EU.

Finally in the summer term we focus on Mapping Festivals. This unit looks at the factors influencing the growth of music festivals particularly Glastonbury. Students consider the environmental impacts of such events as well as revisiting basic mapskills.

Year 9 familiarises students with the workings of the modern World giving them an important foundation for further study at GCSE.

Topics studied & links to Schemes of Work

  • China Today
  • The Geography of Conflict
  • USA
  • The Economic Geography of France
  • Mapping Festivals 

 

Key Stage 4

 In September 2016 the department will be following a new examination specification – details to follow

Examination Board: AQA

 

Key Stage 5

For information of courses in Years 12 and 13 click on this link >>

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