Geography

Welcome to our Geography department.


Who We Are
Mrs V Kisubi - Curriculum Leader
Mr B McGrath
Mrs C Moore
Mr P Whitehouse
Miss L Allen

Key Stage 3
Year 7

Autumn term
Where on Earth are we?
• Locations: oceans, satellite imagery, GIS
• 5 Ws: Questioning our world
• Map skills: compass points, scale, symbols, grid references etc

Fantastic places
• Cheddar Gorge (trip) and the geography of some of the world’s most ‘fantastic places’: no spoilers here!


Spring Term
Third Rock from the Sun
• Weathering and erosion
• Geology and the geological history of our home islands
• Fossil formation and their use in dating

Africa is not a Country!
• Stereotypes shattering
• Maps, maps, maps! Countries, physical features, climate and biomes
• Cross-continent country profiles

Summer Term

Bodies and buildings
• Why do we live where we do?
• China’s challenges
• Europe’s migrant crisis
• Japan’s population woes

Risky World
• Plate Tectonics: the logic behind volcanoes and earthquakes
• Volcanoes: who, what, where, when, why?
• Earthquakes: who, what, where, when, why?

Year 8

Autumn Term

Ecosystems
• What makes an ecosystem?
• Rainforest plants: what makes them unique?
• How do we use and damage the rainforest?

Frozen Planet
• Meteorology basics
• What are glaciers and how are they involved in the disappearance of a plane?
• The UK vs Norway: our race across Antarctica
• Who lives in the Arctic? Animals too!

Spring Term

The Horn of Africa
• What makes these countries unique?
• How developed is the area; what does this mean?
• Why is the area a hotbed for pirates and what is their impact?

Rivers and Flooding
• How does water move around our planet: the water cycle
• How do rivers change the landscape
• Flooding: causes and prevention

Summer Term

Our Warming Planet
• The blame game: is climate change natural or our fault?
• How does climate change link to Maldives vanishing?
• Are there winners and losers thanks to the change? Where does the UK stand?
• How can we prevent further damage?

South East Asia
• What makes up this collection of islands and mainland?
• How can we link the region to global development?
• GIS – track rivers from source to mouth and describe route
• What makes these countries unique?

Key stage 4

Examination Board: OCR 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: our world is changing around us!
• Are interested in the environment and how we interact with it
• Like to find out about places across our globe

Assessment: 100% exam based:
• Our Natural World (Physical Geography): 35%
• People and Society (Human Geography): 35%
• Geographical Exploration (Decision Making Exercise) : 30%

Progression: The course prepares students very well for the A Level Geography course but will also provide the skills and knowledge needed for any future A Level. 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.

September 2017