Geography

Welcome to our Geography department. 

Who We Are

Mrs J Andrews - Curriculum Leader

Mr P Whitehouse

Mrs V Kisubi

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Autumn term

Where on earth are we?

  • Basics of continents, oceans, satellite imagery, GIS
  • 5 W’s. Questioning our world.
  • Map skills. Sketch maps.

Fantastic places

  • Begin with Cheddar Gorge (trip) and other UK/Europe based ‘fantastic places’)
  • Moving on to world landscapes. Rock, ice, human landscapes too

Spring Term

Third Rock from the Sun

  • Geology and rocks 
  • Weathering, erosion)Water, air, glaciation) and associated landforms. 

Africa is not a Country!

  • Initial stereotypes and images
  • Cross section North to South – lines of latitude to cover: Biomes, tectonics, countries, major cities, cultures.
  • Development levels – reasons for variations between countries and compared to the UK.

Summer Term

Bodies and buildings

  • Urban landscapes in UK and beyond
  • Where do we all live?
  • Population density & distribution. Population change (migration & natural change)
  • Mega cities & shanty towns.
  • Settlement shapes – map work

Risky World

  • Investigate 3 main tectonic hazards
  • Mapping locations (long and lat practice) and plate boundaries.
  • How each boundary works and associated hazards
  • Impacts of such hazards – case studies
  • Compare between high and low income countries 

Year 8 - Autumn Term

BRICS

Investigating each of the BRIC’s

  • Where are they?
  • How have they risen to this status?
  • What do they have in their country to help?
  •  How can the Amazon be used to continue Brazil’s development

Wild weather

  • Meteorology basics 
  • Data collection (local fieldwork) and presentation
  • Tornado Alley
  • Monsoon
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • UK low pressure systems

Spring Term

Crime and conflict

  • Crime hotspots (map zone GIS)
  • Police.uk for local crime stats – map work
  • Local fieldwork – questionnaires & presentation
  • Blood diamonds
  • The Heroin trail
  • Piracy & choke points

Frozen planet

  • Arctic and Antarctica and mountains
  • Similarities and differences
  • Ice sheets and glaciers – current issues/climate change
  • Survival in these areas – flora and fauna

Summer Term

Resourcing the Planet

  • Fossil fuels – where do they come from?
  • Why can’t we depend on them in the future?
  • Climate change – natural or man-made?
  • Alternatives to fossil fuels

From source to mouth...

  • River processes and landforms
  • World waterfalls
  • GIS – track rivers from source to mouth and describe route
  • Drainage basin
  • Why do rivers flood & a variety of real examples

Key stage 4

Examination Board: Edexcel B

The Earth is constantly evolving. Landscapes are changing; the global climate may be warming; natural hazards are becoming more frequent; industry is crossing international boundaries; people are changing their working patterns and their living locations - people are travelling and migrating to experience new parts of the world and our oceans and environments are changing in ways that we have never seen before. This course aims to not just inform students about these changes but to equip them with the skills to investigate them further and be able to make decisions about their future management.

This course will appeal to students who:

  • have an interest in current affairs
  • are concerned about the environment
  • enjoy studying practical real-life situations
  • like to find out about other places. 

Assessment: One piece of controlled assessment based on a trip to the coast (25%), a decision making exercise exam based on a short booklet of information (25%) and 2 general theory exams; one physical geography and one human geography (25% each).

Progression: The course prepares students very well for the AS/A2 Geography course or any A-level course. Universities and employers all look for an ability to undertake research, reach considered conclusions and present a coherent argument looking at many opinions. Geography is known as a facilitating subject and looked on very favourably by universities and employers alike.