Geography

Through a vibrant and engaging conceptual, enquiry-based journey, our students will become successful, informed and caring citizens of a remarkable future.

Overview:

Key Stage 3


Key drivers of Key Stage 3 Geography are the following:

  • To nurture a lifelong want and enthusiasm in finding out more, and making sense of the amazing, beautiful, infinite, complex world that we live in.

  • A commitment to creating a geographic learning journey that allows every student to make progress by participating fully in the enjoyment and challenge of our ever-changing world.

  • To accurately plan, implement and deliver the core knowledge and skills needed to allow for mastery in Geography.

  • An entitlement for all students to participate in real world outside the classroom learning by providing fieldwork opportunities at all key stages


Our Geography curriculum encourages students to be able to:

  • Confidently think, speak, write and act geographically.

  • Be an active participant and investigator.

  • Have a broad and deep understanding of locational contexts.

  • Understand the importance of scale, from local to the global.

  • Be able to extend from the familiar and concrete to the unfamiliar and abstract.

  • Have the ability to confidently analyse a range of sources.

  • Make sense of the world by organising and linking information and ideas about people, places, processes and environment.

  • Form valid judgements, and link these to geographic theories and processes.

  • Be able to plan and undertake independent enquiry.

  • Formulate arguments that synthesise and evaluate material.

Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • What is Geography

  • Raging Rivers

  • Settlement and Urban Issues

  • Natural Resources in Crisis

  • Hot Environments

  • Enquiry through Fieldwork


Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • The UK

  • Ecosystems

  • People on the Move

  • The Coastal World

  • Weather and Climate Change

  • Enquiry through Fieldwork

Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • The Developmental Gap

  • Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Climate Hazards & Climate Change

  • Making Geographical Decision

  • Urban Challenges


Key Stage 4


Key Stage 4 Geography is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

  • Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

  • Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.

  • Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.


The GCSE exams in Geography include questions that will allow students to demonstrate their ability to: Draw together their knowledge, understanding and skills from across the full course of study.

  • Provide extended responses.


There will be THREE exam papers for students to sit:

  • Paper 1 - Living with the physical environment - 1 hour 30 minutes - 88 marks - 35% of overall grade.

  • Paper 2 - Challenges in the human environment - 1 hour 30 minutes - 88 marks - 35% of overall grade.

  • Paper 3 - Geographical applications - 1 hour 15 minutes - 76 marks - 30% of overall grade.

Useful Website Links:


ALL: A fantastic online world atlas that lets you visit all the different continents and countries of the world and explore them in more detail - really great tool to use if you’re stuck with your places and locations!!


KS3 SPECIFIC: Geography is the study of the shape and features of the Earth's surface, including countries, vegetation, climates and how humans use the world's resources. This KS3 link to BBC Bitesize provides an excellent overview to help with your homework, revision and learning. Find free videos and revision tests.


KS4 SPECIFIC: The BBC Bitesize link provides a balanced framework of the physical and human geography topics that we study. The link to the AQA specification of Bitesize will provide students with opportunities to refresh their knowledge of key topics, watch videos and complete practice tests from topics studied in the lesson.


KS4 SPECIFIC: This provides a direct link to the AQA website providing students with a clear idea of the specification, assessment as well as useful material such as student workbooks and subject specific vocabulary.


ALL: No other website does it better than the National Geographic. Providing some excellent classroom resources, state of the art videos of physical & human geography! Dive in and explore their education/classroom resources library.