In Geography, we grapple with and try to understand some of the big world issues, both human and physical.
We want students to have extensive knowledge relating to a wide range of places, environments and features at a variety of scales, extending from local to global.
We want students to understand the physical and human conditions and processes which lead to the development of, and change in, a variety of geographical features, systems and places. We want them to be able to explain various ways in which places are linked and the impact such links have on people and environments. We want to make connections between different geographical phenomena they have studied.
We want students to be able with increasing independence to choose and use a wide range of data to help investigate, interpret, make judgements and draw conclusions about geographical questions, issues and problems, and express and engage with different points of view about these.
Students receive three hours per fortnight in Geography. All sets are mixed ability.
The Geography units of study follow a variety of human and physical topics on various scale i.e. local, through to global.
Year 7 Topics: What is a Geographer?; How do we use our planet?; Why are rivers important?; How does money make our world go around?; What is our local place like?
Year 8 Topics: Why is the UK always wet and cold?; How are populations changing?; What happens when the land meets the sea?; Will we ever be able to live safely with tectonic hazards?; What is development and how is Africa affected?
Year 9 Topics: Is a world without conflict impossible?; What is the future of our planet GCSE (Skills); Dynamic Development (GCSE) Changing climate (GCSE)
In Geography students are assessed in four key areas:
- Making Judgements
Students are taught key geographical processes and concepts across a range of scales and within different environments and settings. These ideas are developed through the study of case studies with specific focus placed on their knowledge of the UK.
Students are encouraged to identify the application, relationships and the social, economic and environmental impacts of key processes and ideas. An emphasis is place on seeing the inter relationships between topic areas.
Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding to a variety of different situations and settings. The analysis and evaluation of data and geographical information is used to support students in making informed decisions. A strong emphasis is placed on sustainability of ideas.
Students develop a variety of communication skills including: map skills, debate, discussion as well as geographical analysis and interpretation. Emphasis is also placed on the use of current technologies including GIS (Geographical Information Systems).
Students will be set a range of activities in the form of extended projects and fortnightly tasks. Literacy specific homework will also be set to encourage wider reading and vocabulary extension