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Geography

Introduction

Our team of passionate geographers have developed a broad, balanced and connected curriculum, designed to arm pupils with powerful knowledge of the real world. We aim to raise cultural capital by studying exciting concepts such as the role geography plays in world conflict, why we face a population catastrophe and how different cultures interact and live. Following a curriculum based around our ‘four pillars of geography’, we expect to produce geographers capable of asking and answering questions on a range of challenging and relevant topics. 

Four Pillars of Geography

Contextual Knowledge (Place):

A focus on Geography in the context of a range of places, all of which are significant in the modern world.

Understanding (Space, Human and Physical Change):

 Students will learn about the physical and human process that shape our world at a range of scales. The concept of space is applied to help achieve an in-depth understanding.

Geographical Enquiry (Skills):

Pupils will develop a range of cartographical, graphical and statistical skills, which will enable them to explore aspects of Geography through enquiry. These skills are embedded in practise through a range of fieldwork challenges.

Talking like a Geographer (Literacy and Numeracy)

The use tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary is interweaved with the curriculum, with pupils using vocabulary books to broaden ability to use complex language.

Pupils will develop a range of strategies to develop numerical literacy, such as reading data from complex graphs and using statistical skills.

Phase 1 & 2 - Years 7, 8 & 9 

What will I study?
  • In Year 7, you will study the following topics;

  • Becoming a Geographer
  • Weather and Climate
  • Ecosystems
  • The USA: Region Study
  • Development and Inequality
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • In Year 8, you will study the following topics;

  • Africa: Region study
  • Our connected world
  • Population and China
  • The Geography of Crime
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Coasts
  • In Year 9, you will study the following topics;
  • Changing climates
  • The Arctic: Region Study
  • Geographies of Conflict
  • The Middle East: Region Study
  • Resource management: Food, Water and Energy
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed regularly throughout each topic , with feedback provided to ensure improvement across the year.

Phase 3 – Years 10 & 11 

What will I study?

You will follow AQA Geography Specification and will cover the following 3 themes;

  • Living with the Physical Environment
  • Living with the Human Environment
  • Geographical Applications
What skills will I develop?

You will develop a range of research and communication skills linked to the topics that are being studied. You will also learn a range of specialised data collection fieldwork techniques as well as data analysis skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed regularly throughout the 3 year course but you will finish by completed 3 exams at the end of Y11. One exam is based on the content of the course, the second is a problem solving paper and the final paper will assess your understanding of the fieldwork completed.

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

You will follow Edexcel GCE Geography and the following topics will be studied;

  • Globalisation
  • Tectonics
  • Diverse Places
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Geopolitics
  • Water and Energy Security
What skills will I develop?

You will build on the skills from GCSE while developing independent research techniques and analytical writing. You will also develop investigative skills when planning and executing your individual research piece at the end of A Level.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed regularly throughout the year using exam questions and a range of reports. Your exams will consist of assessment of the content taught and assessment of understanding of all of the fieldwork undertaken during the course.