Geography

In Geography we find out about interesting and wonderful places. Geography helps us make sense of our complex and changing world. It explains how places and landscapes are formed, and how people and environments interact. We find out how different societies, economies and environments are connected.
We learn to investigate our world at different scales, building on what we already know. We investigate issues affecting the world and people’s lives.

We ask questions and think critically about the world, today, and in the future.

Sometimes we learn though fieldwork. We learn to think spatially, using maps, images and ICT. With them we find, present and analyse information. Geography helps us to become global citizens. We explore our place in the world, our values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Year 7:

Unit 1: Passport to Geography

Unit 2: Extreme Environments

Unit 3: Weather and Climate

Year 8:

Unit 1: UK Issues

Unit 2: Population and Migration

Unit 3: Tectonic Hazards

Unit 4: Coasts

Unit 5: Africa, a continent of diversity

Year 9:

Unit 1: Development and Globalisation

Unit 2: Brilliant Brazil

Unit 3: Water on the Land

Unit 4: Superpower Geographies

Unit 4: The Geography of Crime and Conflict

GCSE:

We follow the AQA Geography course, topics include:

Living in the physical environment: The challenge of natural hazards, The living world, physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment: Urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world

As well as developing your geographical knowledge you will learn how to evaluate issues and undertake fieldwork either as a local study or as part of a residential visit.

 

Sixth Form:

A–Level:

We follow the AQA syllabus.  Through the two years of the course students study a wide range of geographical topics with a clear focus on synopticity across the themes.  Some examples are: global systems and governance; water and carbon cycles; changing places; resource security; geographical skills fieldwork.

A-Level students must complete fieldwork and write a fieldwork investigation for the coursework element.

 

IB

We offer Geography at both IB Higher and Standard level. Units of study include some of the following:

Geographic Themes.  .

* Freshwater – drainage basins

* Oceans and coastal margins

* Extreme environments

* Geophysical Hazards

* Leisure, tourism and sport

* Food and Health

* Urban environments

 

Geographic perspectives – global change.

* Population distribution – changing population

* Global climate – vulnerability and resilience

* Global resource consumption and security

 

Geographic perspectives (higher level only) – global interactions

* Power, places and networks

* Human development and diversity

* Global risks and resilience

 

IB students must complete IA, a report which is based around a fieldwork investigation

 

Enrichment:

Geography is a wide ranging subject that aims to explore the modern world, encouraging an understanding of different countries and cultures.  As the world becomes more globalised and interdependent it is hugely important that we understand and realise that we all share the same planet on which our futures are all played out.  There are many options for enrichment activities in Geography.  The news is our best source in helping us to understand the current world and we would recommend the following websites for keeping informed:

https://www.channel4.com/news/

https://www.independent.co.uk/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk

www.bbc.co.uk/news

https://www.economist.com/

In addition the following links are also useful:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/

https://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

http://ds.iris.edu/seismon/

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

https://mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org/

Emergency Work:

Your teacher/s may well have set you some work via SMH, please check this first. If they have not been able to do this please take some time to explore the enrichment links above.