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Geography


The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. 

Barrack Obama


 

Curriculum Information

Geography Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students will explore key issues facing our planet, including the harm done by humans as well as discovering different ways that people are working sustainably to solve these problems. They will also learn how to form opinions and present justified arguments based on a range of data and their growing body of knowledge. This will eventually lead to an ability to evaluate schemes effectively drawing on a range of concepts from across the varied units of study.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

What is Geography?

In Year 7 we study a range of Diverse Places in Geography starting locally with Christchurch before comparing it against Mexico City, an inherently different geographical location.

Continents

We then move on to a range of different continents starting with North America where we focus initially on the main physical and human features before looking into some of the most pressing issues facing the continent such as migration and resource exploitation before moving next to South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australasia and then finally Antarctica.

The idea is to give students a flavour of the distinct continents to allow a range of comparisons to be made whilst building upon the skills taught when investigating earlier continents.

 

Map skills 

Building on the map work covered in Y7, students study the physical geography of the World and some of the main countries.

Are you flood ready?

During this unit, we look at local and national flood events and flood management. We also study the water cycle and river features.

China

Students develop an awareness of this rising nation and the issues it faces in the future regarding the sustainability of development.

Energy

We look at renewable and non-renewable energy resources, local, national and international changes in energy use and collaboration with other countries.

Economic Geography 

We aim to develop an understanding of different types of industry and how the employment mix varies between countries of different development levels. This leads to a focus on the tourist industry.

Coasts

This unit comprises a study of coastal processes, landforms and management and culminates in a trip to Hengistbury Head in order to complete a geographical enquiry.

Natural Hazards

A range of natural hazards are studied, with in depth work on earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. Focus is on hazard management and mitigation and challenges for hazard management in the future.

Development and Population

Ways of measuring development, investigation into why some countries are richer than others, an investigation into whether aid or fair trade is better for helping development.

Globalisation of Sport and Fashion

Developing and awareness of globalisation through the spread of the fashion industry and a range of sporting activities.

The Geography of the Middle East

A study of both the physical and human features of the Middle East enabling students to understand the challenges faced in this region.

 

Key Stage 4 Options Information

Key Stage 4 Options Information

Exam board: Edexcel A
Qualification: GCSE in Geography
Specification: Edexcel A GCSE in Geography

Assessment:


You will have 3 papers to sit:

- Papers 1 and 2 are the knowledge and application papers.

They focus on physical and human geography.

- Paper 3 is the fieldwork paper.

Students are required to undertake one day of fieldwork in a human environment and one day of fieldwork in a physical environment. They are then examined on this in this paper.

Who is the course for?

This course would suit students who are interested in understanding the world we live in. There is a particular focus on the way in which people impact the environment.

Geography would suit someone who is happy to ask lots of questions and find the answers, and who is interested in teamwork and social awareness.

A lot of emphasis is placed on using data to make decisions and undertaking statistical testing.

What will I do on the course?

You will study a range of physical and human Geography topics including river and coastal processes and landforms, weather hazards and climate change, ecosystems, and social and economic development issues.

Content will be based both on the UK and further afield.

Field trips are an important part of the course and all students are required by the exam board to complete 2 days in the field. We will visit an urban area and a coastal area.