Head of Geography – Mr G Donnan
Teacher of Geography – Mr B Perkins
Geography is the study of the Earth; the landforms, physical processes and human systems. It helps us to understand the world we live in. Studying Geography is important as it provides us with knowledge of our planet that has helped shape our history and will continue to shape our lives in the future. It is a link with physical and social sciences, helping us to make informed decisions for both our planet and its inhabitants, viewed from different perspectives. Geographers develop their knowledge of places and environments, as well as their understanding of the diversity of different societies and cultures. This helps them to become responsible global citizens who understand how people and environments interact. If you watch or read the news, you will find that the most important issues facing the world are geography-related, so by studying geography we are learning about issues that will actually affect our own lives.
In Geography we seek to set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs through engagement and stimulation of their curiosity and imaginations. We aim to meet the child’s personal needs by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. Students learn most effectively through a variety of media, including aural, visual and written and that, therefore, the teaching staff employ a broad range of teaching strategies to appeal to the different types of learner.
We encourage children to learn by experience and we value fieldwork as an integral part of the Geography Curriculum, and the “Cultural Capital” that it adds to their lives.
What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?
- To develop pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding to the maximum of their potential.
- For pupils to make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality, and the interaction between people and environment.
- To extend pupils interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the World.
- To develop knowledge and understanding of the human and physical processes which shape places.
- To appreciate similarity and difference in the world about them and to respect other people’s beliefs, attitudes and values.
- To develop the geographical skills and vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geography enquiry.
- To formulate appropriate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to inform opinions, and critically assess evidence.
- To develop interest and enjoyment of geographical experiences and build confidence and understanding.
- To recognise and understand issues concerning the environment and sustainable development.
- To help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about their own lives and our relationship with other places.
- To develop socially responsible and informed attitudes.
- To prepare and equip students with the valuable skills to carry forward into tertiary education or the world of work.
Key Stage 3
The aim of Geography at Key Stage 3 is to inspire pupils to be inquisitive about the world around them and to develop key geographical skills.
To achieve these aims the pupils study a diverse range of topics covering aspects of local, national and global geography. These include Mapping Skills, About the U.K., Rivers, Weather and Climate, Africa , Asia, and regional studies of The Horn of Africa and South West China, Population, and Conflict.
Scheme of Work Overview
Key Stage 4
Students follow the New AQA 9-1 Geography GCSE course. This involves the study of:
Unit 1 Living with the Physical Environment
Physical Landscapes in The U.K. (Coasts),
The Challenge of Natural Hazards,
The Living World (Hot deserts)
Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment
Urban Issues and Challenges
The Changing Economic World
The Challenge of Resource Management (Energy)
Within the study and delivery of these topics the students will develop a range of Geographical and fieldwork skills (Unit 3)
Assessment Students will sit the 3 separate exam papers in the Summer of Year 11 covering these 3 units.
Scheme of Work Overview
Key Stage 5
Students follow the new AQA Geography A Level. It is a linear course with the two exam papers being sat at the end of Year 13.
This course includes a wide ranging study of Contemporary Physical and Human Geography topics for Paper 1 and Paper 2 respectively. Students will also be required to complete and write up an independent fieldwork investigation (NEA) which accounts for 20% of overall exam mark.
Scheme of Work Overview
Year 13 Human
Year 13 physical