Many of the world’s current issues – at a global scale and locally – boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. – Michael Palin.
Geography is a large department, which is part of the Humanities Faculty, as such we teach in a dedicated Humanities building and have five classrooms. The department currently consists of six teachers that teach across the Key Stages. We have our own laptops for students to use and are well resourced.
All students study Geography in KS3, in year 7 this is for three periods a fortnight and in year 8 and 9 they have four periods. We are a very popular choice at GCSE and currently have 58% of the year 11s and 48% of year 10s studying the discipline.
Throughout KS3 we explore and analyse local, national and worldwide geographical issues, giving our students a developed understanding of both physical and human geography and give students the chance to experience them out in the field.
In the year 7 curriculum students are introduced to field work within the first term, gaining experience of key skills within Geography. The students also study locational geography, looking at map skills and go on to look at the UK. Year 7s also study Weather and Climate, Population and have an in depth study of Africa, looking at biomes, trade and aid.
In year 8 students start the year looking at the rise and impact of China as a superpower, they then go on to look at ecosystems, with a focus on the cold climates of the Arctic and Antarctica. The year 8s complete a second in depth study of India, looking at the urban trends with the country and look at the physical geography of rivers. The students complete a field work looking at globalisation.
The year 9 curriculum is a transition unit for the GCSEs and students have a review of map skills and complete their final enquiry looking at how to improve the school site. They then move onto look at the dynamics of coasts and the impacts of tourism. KS3 is then completed in the study of hazards, both tectonic and climatic.
At GCSE we work with the AQA exam board, studying the new 1-9 GCSE.
The topics covered are:
Challenge of natural hazards – tectonics and climatic.
The Living World – ecosystems to include rainforests and hot deserts.
Physical landscapes in the UK – coasts and rivers.
Urban issues and challenges – urbanisation and sustainable living.
The changing economic world – development, trade and aid.
The challenge of resource management – UK resources and global water issues.
Issue evaluation – a decision making exercise based on pre-released material.
Fieldwork – all students will be required to carry out field work and use this as a basis for their exam.