Geography

In Years 7 and 8, students study the following topics in Geography as part of the KS3 Humanities course:

Year 7

  • Map skills (including an enquiry into the local area).
  • Population and Development.

Year 8

  • Plate tectonics.
  • Sustainability (including an enquiry in to ‘How Green is our Academy?’).

The topics of work which students cover at Key Stage 3 develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. It inspires students to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Geography has many cross curricular links which helps students develop their understanding across a range of subjects. The topics, issues and skills covered during Year 7 and 8 provide an excellent foundation for GCSE Geography.

Students’ work is assessed at the end of each Module in a variety of different ways from newspaper reports to group presentations and extended writing.

Course Books and Equipment

  • New Key Geography: Connections
  • New Key Geography: Interactions
  • New Key Geography: Foundations
  • Planner, pen, pencils, colouring pencils, eraser, ruler and calculator

KS4 Geography

Studying geography gives students the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. They will understand how geography impacts everyday life and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world. Students will also develop academic and life skills from writing, teamwork and communication to analytical skills.
The content is based on real-life case studies to enable students of all abilities to learn and develop. Students that choose to study Geography at KS4 will begin Year 10 with a UK based focus and slowly apply their Geographical Skills to a Global based focus.

Year 10

  • Map Skills 1 (Papers 1,2&3)
  • Natural Hazards & UK Weather Hazards (Paper 1)
  • The Changing UK Economy (Paper 2)
  • The UK’s Physical Landscapes & Ecosystems (Paper 1)
  • River Landscapes in the UK (Paper 1)
  • Urban Change in the UK & Sustainable Urban Development (Paper 2)
  • Coastal Landscapes in the UK (Paper 1)
  • Resource Management (Paper 2)
  • Energy Management (Paper 2)
  • Fieldwork (Paper 3)

Year 11

  • Map Skills 2 (Papers 1,2&3)
  • Climate Change (Paper 1)
  • The Development Gap (Paper 2)
  • Nigeria: A Newly-Emerging Economy (Paper 2)
  • Biomes: Tropical Rainforests & Hot Deserts (Paper 1)
  • The Urban World (Paper 2)
  • Tectonic Hazards (Paper 1)
  • Global Weather Hazards (Paper 1)
  • Issue Evaluation (Paper 3)

All the topics studied throughout the course will help equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for the three exams. There is no coursework.

KS5 Geography

Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and physical processes in both time and space. It seeks to identify trends and patterns in these interactions. It also investigates the way in which people adapt and respond to change, and evaluates actual and possible management strategies associated with such change. Geography describes and helps to explain the similarities and differences between different places. These may be defined on a variety of scales and from the perspectives of a different range of actors, with varying powers over decision-making processes.

Within individuals and societies subjects, geography is distinctive in its spatial dimension and occupies a middle ground between social or human sciences and natural sciences. The Diploma Programme geography course integrates physical, environmental and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both socio-economic and scientific methodologies. Geography takes advantage of its position to examine relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of disciplines. This helps students develop life skills and have an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.

The aims of the geography course are to enable you to:

  • Develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales.
  • Develop a critical awareness and consider complexity thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including:
    • acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues, or wicked problems, have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes
    • synthesizing diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved.
  • Understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales.

Topics Studied in Key Stage 5 Geography:

  • Urban Environments
  • Extreme Environments
  • Geophysical Hazards
  • Changing Population
  • Global Climate – Vulnerability & Resilience
  • Global Resource Consumption & Security
  • Power, Places & Networks
  • Human Development & Diversity
  • Global Risks & Resilience