Subject Leader: Dr N Curtis

Aims of the department

The Geography Department aims to provide students with a depth of knowledge, skills and experiences to help them understand and explain our complex and changing world. The study of Geography focuses on the processes, patterns and relationships between people and their environments and to help them develop as responsible global citizens. Our students have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, both in the class room and on fieldtrips which include enquiry, decision making, thinking and problem solving, communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

What will students study?

In the Key Stage 3 programme of study, students will study a broad range of geographical themes:

Physical geography themes:       - 

  • earthquakes and volcanic activity
  • rivers and floods
  • weather and climate
  • ecosystems
  • limestone
  • coasts                               

Human geography themes:                     

  • population
  • settlement
  • economic activities
  • development
  • tourism

Environmental geography:                        - 

  • how can we manage our environment and resources in a sustainable way
  • climate change

Geographical Skills                                      - 

  • maps, graphical, interpretative, statistical
  • decision making

Students will study a range of places in detail including: U.K., Japan, China, Brazil, Russia and Kenya.  The course will also build on skills developed in Key Stage 2 including the use of maps, photographs, diagrams, ICT and fieldwork techniques and graphical skills.

We hope to provide the students with a variety of learning opportunities. Students will be encouraged to develop their individual and collaborative learning skills. An enquiry approach is adopted for classroom activities and work outside the classroom is undertaken when appropriate.

Key Stage 3 Units of study:

Year 7

  • Making Connections - What is Geography?
  • Geographical Skills
  • Volcanoes & Earthquakes
  • Weather & Climate                             
  • Rivers & Flooding.                                                                  

Year 8  

  • Coastal Environments
  • Geology of Britain
  • Limestone Landscapes
  • Geographical Skills
  • Brazil - Rainforest Ecosystems, Management of Rainforests, Brazilian Cities.

Year 9  

  • Geographical Skills
  • Development – NICs, HICs and NEEs.
  • Population
  • Japan
  • A study of the B.R.I.C.s – China/Russia
  • Tourism                                                                                          

Throughout the Key Stage, students will increasingly:

  • broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of places and themes;
  • make use of a wide and precise geographical vocabulary;
  • analyse, rather than describe, geographical patterns, processes and change;
  • appreciate the interactions within and between physical and human processes that operate in any environment
  • appreciate the interdependence of places
  • become proficient at conducting and comparing studies at a widening range of scales and in contrasting places and environments
  • apply their geographical knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar contexts
  • select and make effective use of skills and techniques to support their geographical investigations
  • appreciate the limitations of geographical evidence and the tentative and incomplete nature of some explanations.

How will students be assessed?

Assessment of students work is of the following types:

  1. Ongoing through observation, interaction between teacher and student
  2. Student self-review and peer review
  3. Assessment of homework/class work
  4. End of unit assessment 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Teacher in Charge: Dr N Curtis 
What course do students follow?
AQA GCSE Geography
Specification code: 8035

What will students study?

Details of assessment 

The course has been developed to be exciting, relevant and interesting. The issues it deals with are the most important challenges facing the world today. It will give you inside information on the causes of these different challenges, the impact they have on us and our environment and what we can do to help overcome the problems we face to build a more sustainable future nationally and globally. The content of this course is divided into different themes. In today’s rapidly changing world, never has Geography been a more relevant and popular subject to study

The Fieldwork:

In Geography, fieldwork must take place outside the classroom and school grounds on at least two occasions.  Students must carry out two geographical enquiries in contrasting environments and show an understanding of both physical and human geography. In at least one of the enquiries students are expected to show an understanding about the interaction between physical and human geography. The most likely location for the Geography fieldtrip will be the North Wales coast, in and around Llandudno. Here, issues of coastal management and tourism will be studied.

Subject content:

Living with the physical environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards – Earthquakes, Tropical Storms, UK Weather Hazards
  • The living world – Ecosystems
  • Physical landscapes in the UK – Coasts and Rivers

Challenges in the human environment

  • 3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • 3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world
  • 3.2.3 Section C: The challenge of resource management

The course is examined over 3 final exam papers: one Physical Geography paper, one Human Geography paper, these test the 'taught content’, and a final paper which is 1) An Issue evaluation (based on pre-release booklet) and 2) A Fieldwork Paper based on 2 pieces of fieldwork which will be carried out by the students. 

Where can I find more information?

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Assessment resources

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