Geography

We are a small team of young and enthusiastic teachers dedicated to teaching our students to investigate our world in more depth. Understanding which processes formed our world as we know it today and how we can interact to change the world for future generations. Engaging and thought-provoking lessons are delivered in two Geography themed classrooms. During their time with us, students will develop skills of Geographical enquiry, including cartographic skills. Geography is an extremely relevant subject in today’s world, where we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and recycling as much as possible to meet the Kyoto agreement and to ensure our world is more sustainable. We aim for students to achieve their full potential, and to encourage them to pursue careers using these gained skills and with an open mind.

  • Year 7

    Year 7 are taught 6 topics.

    Topic 1: introducing geographical skills including cartographic skills (map reading eg contours and grid refs) and physical and human features around the world. Investigative skills applied to school grounds.

    Topic 2: Settlements; where they are taught key words and how to identify why and where settlements have grown/will grow using all map skills taught in topic 1. Enquiry investigated.

    Topic 3: Fantastic places: again application of skills and learning how to describe locations following the correct structure and explaining impacts of tourism on certain areas eg The Grand Canyon, National Parks and Mass tourist destinations such as The Algarve. The climates and cultures also studied.

    Topic 4: Weather and Climate study, referring to local area and comparing to other places. Application of climate graph knowledge gained in topic 3.

    Topic 5: Flooding: Causes effects and responses regionally and internationally. Comparison between rich and poor countries. Learning how to follow the P.E.E structure, used within English lessons too.

    Topic 6: Area Study of a poor country, Ethiopia: introduction into year 8 standard of work: more in depth geographical study on population density/distribution and a focus on group work skills and the planning of a charity event to help poor countries.

  • Year 8

    Year 8 are taught 6 topics again applying and refreshing on geographical skills.

    Topic 1: Ecosystems: applying the describing structure taught in year 7. Building on map skills whilst learning more geographical vocabulary. Links well with Science.

    Topic 2: Coastal Topic: New Knowledge gained on what processes are occurring at the coast and what landforms will form as a result. Regional and international awareness.

    Topic 3: Unfair world: Building upon year 7 topic 6: awareness of differences in equality around the world, building empathy skills. Learning about how we can close the developments gap from fair trade, refusal to buy products made in sweatshops as well as how educational charities can help those in slums. Following and using P.E.E structure.

    Topic 4: Area study of Kenya: Reinforcing describing and explaining skills and beginning to make independent links between topics covered.

    Topic 5: Crime: Introduction of GIS and more geographical skills to look at Crime and how some areas are more/less likely to have crime as a result of the demographics of an area. Investigative skills applied.

    Topic 6: Geography in Fashion & sport: project style topic, promoting group work and independent research skills, making links between demographics and cultures of areas building on previous gained knowledge, extending thinking and challenging further.

  • Year 9

    All students will study 7 Topics: focus on the higher order skills and incorporating all gained skills from years 7 and 8.

    Topic 1: Tectonics: To learn new key vocab that will be used at GCSE. Explain causes effects and solutions of tectonic activity, making comparisons between rich and poor case studies in detail.

    Topic 2: River landforms: Applying key processes learnt in year 8 topic 2, to rivers and exploring how engineering can change the outcomes of flooding, linking and adding detail to the flooding topic in year 7.

    Topic 3: Tourism: Another GCSE style topic, including more key terms and an emphasis on independence within this topic. Students will meet a range of graphs with a strong link to maths in this topic. Overall insight into the impacts upon rich and poor countries and the interdependence on tourists arriving into these countries. Strong links and challenge added between year 8 Topic Unfair world and Year 7 Topic of Fantastic Places.

    Topic 4: Population: more GCSE vocabulary introduced but links to the Ethiopia Topic in year 7 on map reading and describing and explaining. Challenges include applying gained knowledge to a range of maps and following the P.E.E structure independently. The most able will be challenged with comparison between regions and evaluating the best policy for an area of over/under population.

    Topic 5: Glaciation and Global warming: Closely linked to science and the new GCSE Spec global warming links to how we can live more sustainably and the impacts of our actions across the world. Linked to year 8 topic unfair world, on how we can close the development gap with our use of resources and energy.

    Topic 6: Global study of Italy: more in depth geographical study on cultures and industry, incorporating and extending knowledge on physical and human influences and a focus on group work skills.

    Topic 7: Regional case study on London and the threat of terrorism. Insight into opinions of people affected by the London Bombings. Evaluation of how to protect our capital using Geographical skills combined with demographic and cultural awareness. Promotes discussion and analysis on media coverage and perceived thoughts/assumptions made. Investigative skills applied.

  • Year 10
    • Practice a range of skills that will be used and sought after by future employers. Eg cartographic skills, graph analysis and problem solving, gained from KS3 curriculum.

    What the course includes:

    Paper 1: Living with the PHYSICAL environment:

    ALL to be completed. 1 hour 30 min exam – 35%

    • Challenge of Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes weather and climate change) • The living world (ecosystems; rainforests and deserts)
    • Physical landscapes in the UK (rivers, coasts, glacial landscapes)
    • Geographical skills (maps, graphs etc)

    Paper 2: Challenges of the HUMAN environment: ALL to be completed. 1 hour 30 min exam – 35%

    • Urban issues and challenges: comparing rich and poor countries and the global

    development gap linked with aid.

    • Resource management: food, water and energy and how to become more sustainable.

    Paper 3: Application of skills and student enquiry 1 hour 15 min exam – 30%

    • Section A) Pre released booklets to practise on, remember and complete exact same

    booklet in exam. Evaluations and hypothesis of an investigation related to any topic

    from paper 1&2.

    • Section B) write up an investigation of two contrasting places interacting with the

    physical environment. EG impacts of humans on rural and urban areas. “Geography holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin (TV presenter)

    How is the new course different from the old GCSE?

    • No coursework or controlled assessment
    • There is more content but less case studies

    All content is assessed by terminal examinations.

    • Regular and on-going learning and revision is required to ensure that students make at

    least good progress throughout the GCSE course and leave with excellent GCSE results.

    How we will assess progress?

    • In lesson assessment including questioning, mini tests, written work • Regular end of topic tests
    • Homework will be based on what we have learnt and will require application of skills and investigative research to aid understanding in the next lesson. I.E essential it is completed.
    • Mock exams

    What homework can be expected?

    At least two pieces of homework will be set for Geography each week – this may consist of one or more of the following:

    • Regular revision activities
    • SAM Learning
    • Activities involving Kerboodle (online textbook available)
    • Practice exam questions
    • Research tasks
  • Year 11

    All students are preparing for terminal GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

    Completion of the above spec and exam techniques practice.