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Geography

Course description 

Come with us and explore! Find out about the countries, cultures and processes that shape and change your world. Discover your place on this amazing planet we call Earth.

Key Stage 3 

The Geography curriculum aims to provide opportunities for children to develop their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of learning activities. This includes students developing a wide variety of skills through decision making, presentations, reading, writing, building and art.

The curriculum model below shows the topics studied in geography.

Year 7 

In Year 7 students begin Geography by exploring their local area, learning how to read maps and how to question like a geographer (who, what, why, where, when and how). They will then study settlements and look at the expansion of Watton over time.

Following on from this, the students will study Kenya. They will design a plant and an animal capable of living in the savannah, learn about the impacts of tourism in National Parks and Mombasa, find out about the local traditions and lifestyle of the Maasai and finally look at shanty towns in Kibera and how to build a shanty house!

Year 8

Students will begin Year 8 studying earthquakes and volcanoes. They will discover the causes, effects and responses to these hazards and look at how different countries cope with natural disasters.  Students will then study Global Issues, this is a new unit focusing on a smaller series of lessons on trade, energy, migration and cold environments. Finally, students study Ecosystems, including rainforests and deserts.  This unit will include a fieldtrip to a local Ecosystem.

Year 9

In Year 9 students that have opted for Geography will begin an introductory year into GCSE Geography. The first topic they will study is China, where they will find out about the political history, development and the culture of China. They will then study extreme weather, including hurricanes and storms, and will finally look at coastal processes and management.

Key Stage 4 

Beginning in 2016, students taking GCSE Geography following the new AQA specification in Geography. This is now assessed through 100% examination in three exams at the end of Year 11. These exams are Physical Geography, Human Geography and Issues Evaluation.

The following topics are studied in Year 10 and 11:

  • Physical Geography; Natural Hazards, Weather Hazards, Climate Change, Ecosystems and Cold Environments, Rivers and Coasts and their management.
  • Human Geography; Migration, Development, Regeneration and Sustainable living. Industry, Aid and Energy.
  • Issues evaluation: A paper that looks at a specific issue for example “Should a tunnel be constructed under Stonehenge”. This material is provided and studied prior to the exam.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a vital part of geography and is tested in the Human and Physical Exams. To enable them to access this pupils will be doing at least two days of field work during Year 10.

Homework

Students are set Home Learning Projects in Year 7 and 8. These are linked to the topics studied and give students the opportunity to do extra research and be creative over an extended period of time.

In Year 9, 10 and 11, students are set regular shorter pieces of homework to consolidate and extend the work done in lessons.

Homework is expected to be handed in on time to a high standard.

Books, equipment, materials and resources recommended/needed 

Students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and a pencil sharpener to geography lessons. Other resources are provided in class.

Opportunities for Study beyond Key Stage 4 

Geography AS and /or A2 make a great choice post-16.

The knowledge and skills of the Geographer are well received both by higher education admissions tutors and by employers, for example:

  • Good communication skills; teamwork; management skills; analysis
  • Numeracy and Literacy; questioning; spatial awareness; ICT
  • Environmental and social awareness

Geography has been described as the unique bridging subject in the way that it links the Arts subjects like English and History with the Science subjects. As such, it can also make a valuable contribution post-16 and works well in combination with other choices.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

Geography has links to many careers. This includes direct links such as planning, teaching, surveying and construction. There are however, many other careers where the contribution of the subject makes it a very valuable component. The decision-making and ICT skills and world knowledge make it highly valued in management, foreign travel occupations, the financial sector and sales and marketing.

Specific geography related occupations include: Travel agent, Pilot, Tour guide, Researcher, Hydrologist, Coastal manager, Environment agency, Geologist, Civil engineer, Seismologist, Conservationist, Weather presenter, Disaster manager, Flood prevention, Presenter, Estate manager, Ranger, Pollution analyst, Environmental consultant,  Cartographer, GIS, Planner, Market researcher, Housing officer, Politician, Transport Manager, Aid worker, Diplomat, Charity Coordinator, Teacher, Renewable energy, Navy.