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Geography

The world is a dynamic and fragile system which needs to be understood in order for it to survive. The aim of our geography curriculum is to enable students to appreciate and value the world they live in and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to have a voice in shaping the future to make sure that we are able to live sustainably.

In Key Stage 3, the course aims to build upon the Key Stage 2 curriculum, enabling the students to think more like a geographer and use the knowledge they gain to explain why we live on a dynamic and fragile planet. The fundamentals of geography in our curriculum can be split into key issues such as population growth, environmental management, globalisation, sustainability, physical processes and climate issues, all of which are covered at KS3 through units such as urbanisation, migration, economic activities, rivers and coasts, extreme weather and ecosystems. Throughout the key stage, knowledge is developed and used to make judgments and explanations, which are supported by evidence from case examples, selected to be relevant to the students presently, in the future and in locational context (Flooding in C-l-S, the growth of C-l-S and School microclimates study).

At Key Stage 4, students look to build on the skills developed at Key Stage 3, so that they can use the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired to apply understanding to new and unseen case examples. There is a need to take a more critical look at responses and the management of issues to be able to draw substantiated and independent conclusions based upon a wide breadth of knowledge and understanding. The case studies chosen, build upon the knowledge from KS3 with increased depth through the analysis and evaluation of the issues and to start to develop possible solutions to some of the key issues raised in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Year 7 focuses on developing a range of core geographical skills whilst fostering a passion for the subject. The curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 with students exploring key concepts in a range of different human and physical environments.

Topics taught

·       Geographical Skills

·       Urbanisation

·       Rivers

·       Weather and climate

·       Ecosystems

·       Energy Resources and Plastics

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Year 8 develops students’ geographical thinking and command word skills which are needed at Key Stage 4. Students apply key concepts such descriptions, explanation and evaluating, as well as the interrelationship between human and physical landscapes.

Topics taught

  • Economic Activity
  • Places – India and Nigeria
  • Extreme Weather and Climate
  • Rocks and Coasts
  • Tectonics
  • Population and Migration

Year 9

Learning outcomes

Year 9 students start to build towards the skills needed for GCSE with continued practice towards command words such as assess and discuss.  The content covers different aspects of geography to allow students to make their own choices and decisions.

Topics taught

(2020- 2021)

·       Tourism

·       Population

·       Migration

·       Tectonic Hazards

·       Climatic Hazards including Climate Change

Year 10

 

Learning outcomes

Year 10 is specifically designed to meet the curriculum needs of the EDEXCEL A GCSE specification focusing on developing depth and breadth of curriculum content as well as analysis and application of knowledge.

Topics taught

·       Rocks and Landscapes

·       Rivers

·       Coasts

·       Weather and Climate

·       Ecosystems

·       Physical Field Work

Year 11

 

Learning outcomes

Year 11 continues to review and embed previous knowledge from the EDEXCEL A GCSE specification, whilst developing new curriculum content in depth. The curriculum content will continue to focus on developing depth and breadth as well as analysis and application of knowledge.

Topics taught

·       Changing Cities

·       Urban Fieldwork

·       Development

·       Resource Management – including energy resources

·       UK Challenges

Geographers have allowed us to better understand the earth and why what many of us take for granted happens allowing us to continue to live our lives.
Year 11 student
I study geography as it will open up many doors for me in the future and help me in other areas such as sciences, languages and politics.
Year 11 student