Geography

Key Stage 3

The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Year 7

Term 1 & 2 – My changing geography
Term 2 & 3 – My changing geography | Weather and climate
Term 3 – Weather and climate
Term 4 – Protected environment
Term 5 – Geography of sport
Term 6 – London 2012

Year 8

Term 1 & 2 – Brazil
Term 2 – Food 4 thought
Term 3 & 4 – Japan and China
Term 4, 5 & 6 – Flooded future

Year 9

Term 1 – Tectonic hazards
Term 2 & 3 – Crime
Term 3 & 4 – Development and Fashion | Changing Europe
Term 5 – Changing Europe
Term 5 & 6 – Global Warnings

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in Geography?

In Geography we study a range of topics that affect humans and the natural environment.

Some of the most important issues that are facing humans are studied at GCSE Geography, such as Global Warming, Flooding and Migration.

With each issue students will investigate what is happening, how it affects people and the
environment, and how we can solve the problems.

In Geography we look at problems at local, national and global scales. All of the time trying to understand how it affects our lives.

There are two main taught units in Geography;

Dynamic Planet; Here we study different aspects of the environment, looking at how the environment impacts on us, and how we are changing the environment. Topics include; Restless Earth, Climate & Change, Battle for the Biosphere, Water World, Rivers Pressures, and Extreme Environments.

People and Planet; In this unit we focus on the challenges facing our growing human population, from a local to an international level. Topics include; Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Living Spaces, Making a Living, Changing Cities, and World of Work.

How is Geography taught?

Through being active; in Geography students will use group work, role plays, practical demonstrations to learn key concepts and ideas.

Through a wide range of resources; DVD’s, ICT, fieldwork, games, role plays, research.

Through thinking; students will be encouraged to solve problems and think for themselves, forming their own opinions on key issues.

How is Geography assessed?

GCSE Geography is examined in 4 units. Each unit is worth 25% of the GCSE.

Unit 1 – Dynamic Planet – A written paper answering questions based on graphs, pictures and diagrams that relate to what we have studied. Students will also to answer short questions based on case studies and examples that we have studied in lessons.
Unit 2 – People and Planet – A written paper answering questions based on graphs, pictures and diagrams that relate to what we have studied. Students will also to answer short questions based on case studies and examples that we have studied in lessons.
Unit 3 – Making Geographical Decisions – This is a one hour exam which is based on a pre-release booklet about a Geographical issue. We study the issue in lessons, and then in the exam students answer questions on the information. Coming to a decision on what is the best solution to the problem.
Unit 4 – Researching Geography – This is a controlled assessment based on a river study. Students spend a day out on fieldwork and then 20 hours analysing the data to answer a simple hypothesis.

Key Stage 5

What will my child learn in A-Level Geography

Geography is an exciting, dynamic 21st century subject which covers current world issues at both a local level and on a global scale. The subject looks at how people and the environment interact.

AS Geography has two examined units. The first is worth 60% of the AS and is based on:

The World at Risk – this includes looking at hazards around the world, and global warming.
Going Global – focusing on globalization and the global economy, alongside population and migration.

There is also a fieldwork exam based on the topics of Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places. Your answers will be based on fieldwork data that you will collect during fieldtrips. This is worth 40%.

A2 Geography is about the contested planet. This includes issues of energy security, water conflicts, biodiversity, superpowers, development and technology. These units are assessed by a written exam (60%). This is made up of a series of essay questions, building on the skills you have developed across AS. The second unit at A2 gives you the opportunity to do your own research, which is assessed by an essay written under exam conditions (40%).