Geography

Aims

Learning and undertaking activities in geography contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • Successful learners – who progress and achieve.
  • Confident individuals – who lead safe and healthy lives.
  • Responsible citizens – who make a positive contribution to society.

Introduction

The study of geography helps make sense of the beautiful, complex and dynamically changing world and prepares pupils for roles as global citizens in the twenty-first century. Geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about places. Pupils should consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world's major countries and their physical and human features. They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they should become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They should develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, for the present and future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially, using maps, visual images and new technologies including Geographical Information Systems, to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to think about their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

(National Curriculum 2014)

Teaching and Learning

We use a wide range of books, support material, ICT and the local area in our teaching. Students experience a variety of teaching styles and learning activities in order to develop knowledge, understanding and social skills. These include the interpretation of source material, research, essay writing, report writing, role-play, oral presentations, fieldwork, map skills, ICT and group work.

Curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum for Geography. Details of the topics studied are below.

What students will study:

In Year 7

Students are allocated one lesson of geography a week and are taught in mixed ability groupings.

  • Where in the World? –World Geography
  • Where do I live? – Exploring Britain
  • Geog Toolkit – Map skills (OS maps, digital maps, atlas work)
  • Weather and climate of the UK

In Year 8

Students are allocated two lessons of geography a week and are taught in mixed ability groupings.

  • Settlements
  • Population and Migration
  • International development
  • Changing Landscapes – weathering, erosion, rivers
  • Urbanisation – Mega Cities
  • Economic activity

In Year 9

Students are allocated two lessons of geography a week and are taught in mixed ability groupings.

  • Our Restless Planet – Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis
  • Comparing regions - Close up on the Far East (A study of China) / Africa
  • Glaciation
  • Climate – Climate zones, Climate change, Russia
  • Coasts