The Geography department is a forward thinking and dynamic department. Our subject is ever changing and evolving and the content covered is very useful to your daily life. Geography will provoke you to question the world around you...the what ifs and the whys!
You will become a globally aware citizen; aware of the opportunities and challenges faced not only in the UK but world wide. Your teachers will support you in understanding the physical and human elements of the dynamic world we live in. Our case studies are real life events occurring in your lifetimes and influencing your futures, be part of it.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 Geography is a stepping stone and preparation period for GCSE Geography. We start off Year 7 by looking at the key skills and knowledge a geographer needs. This includes using a range of maps, mapping techniques, analytical writing and statistics. This is brought together in a project about the local area. We then move on to study the world's environments with a focus on hot deserts, rainforests and mountains. We end Year 7 with looking at the development gap, with a focus on China and Lesotho.
Year 8 further builds on students geographical knowledge by focusing on a range of human and physical topics. We use Japan to look both at population and then natural hazards, including earthquakes and typhoons. In the spring we move on to looking at river processes and flooding in different countries and then transfer the knowledge and skills acquired in this topic to looking at coastal areas. In summer we have our end of year exam and then look at global tourism.
Having covered a range of geographical topics in Year 7 and 8, we use Year 9 to consolidate this and do the final preparation for GCSE. The year begins with recapping the skills we have learnt thus far and developing these further ready for GCSE. We then do 'The Big Melt Down' looking at global climate change before moving on in the spring term to a GCSE style topic looking at the challenges of resource management - how the world's resources of water, food and energy are distributed. The final topic before the end of year exam is one on population and urbanisation where we look at the favelas of Rio De Janeiro.
This is a great course as Geography creates global citizens as well as practicing literacy and numeracy skills.
Key Stage 4
Key stage 4 Geography is a varied and exciting course, students will focus on UK geography of the human and physical environments; investigating the processes along the extensive coastlines and extensive river systems. Moreover, they will investigate the challenges and opportunities faced by cities in the UK and compare this with cities in poorer parts of the world. Students will conduct two investigations to collect, present, analyse and evaluate data. These investigations will focus on UK coastal formation and integrated transport systems and the impact on climate change in UK cities. Students will develop a vast range of skills and capabilities in decision making based on evidence, these are all transferable skills which will support and be utilised in other areas of their curriculum. Geography at GCSE trains global citizens, who are aware of the dynamic nature of the world and the challenges we face. (AQA)
Key Stage 5
Key stage 5 Geography is contemporary and dynamic, students are immersed in the processes, issues and challenges of place and space. There is a balance of physical, human and skills based geography. Students learn a wide range of geography in action (GIA) case studies in both near and far places. They look at the influence of globalisation and social media on the responses to hazards. This A level is modern, relevant and exciting. Students are independent researchers too, 20% of their A level is dedicated to an independent research project of their choice in a topic area with inspires them. Students use a range of literacy, ICT and numeracy skills in the course, which will greatly support their curriculum. In addition to this students participate in a 4 day residential trip to UK cities and coasts to collect and analyse primary data to inspire them for their own independent research. This is the course for you, if you want a global perspective on the world and your future.
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Miss G Bramhall
Miss K Cavilla Perkins
Assistant Head, Head of Geography & Lead Practitioner
Mrs C Osborne
Mr R Palmer
Mr E Pickerin
PE & Geography Teacher and Head of Cavell House
Miss W Renee