Geography

Mrs E Rawlins
Head of Department
Mrs J Jeffery
Teacher of Geography/Assistant Headteacher
Miss S Nelson
Teacher of Geography/Asst Head of Year 7
Miss S Ross
Teacher of Geography

The study of Geography is essential if we are to understand our place in the world. Geographers learn about societies, economies and cultures, and the environmental factors that shape their lives – and ours.

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Key Stage 3 Geography

Students are timetabled 3 lessons of Geography per fortnight during Key Stage 3.

Year 7
Students begin to develop their sense of place through a study of different ecosystems and the impacts of population change in different areas. They continue to develop their sense of place through understanding maps and various geographical skills. In the second half of the year, they learn about the role that weather and climate plays in shaping our lives moving on to rivers and hydrology. They finish the year with the study of Brazil.

Year 8
Students begin by investigating the various cultures around the world. Secondly, students continue to develop their understanding of physical processes by exploring Glaciated and Coastal Environments. In the second half of the year, students learn about Energy supply and demand and the impacts that chosen energy types can have on the environment. Students then have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork to set them up for GCSE and look at the impacts that Tourism can have on an area.

Year 9
Students start studying part of the Geography GCSE course. Therefore, by the end of the year, they will have completed one component. They start the year investigating the importance of biomes and how forests are significantly under threat. They then move on to learn about how we consume energy across the world and the impacts of energy insecurity and what it will mean for future generations. The causes and consequences of tectonic activity and other natural hazards, developing a greater understanding of places with case studies. Students then move onto relevant human geography topics including development dynamics and challenges of an urbanising world.

Key Stage 4 Geography

Geography is a fantastic GCSE that offers a wide range of topical and relevant issues and skills that can be applied within other subjects. It is also a traditional subject that is widely accepted by colleges and universities.

The GCSE curriculum in Geography addresses big issues facing the planet and people on it. This includes:

Topic 1 – Hazardous Earth

Topic 2 – Development dynamics

Topic 3 – Challenges of an urbanising world

Topic 4 – The UK’s evolving physical landscape

Topic 5 – The UK’s evolving human landscape

Topic 6 – Geographical Investigations – fieldwork

Topic 7 – People and the Biosphere

Topic 8 – Forests under threat

Topic 9 – Consuming energy resources

We follow the Edexcel B syllabus. The course is taught through a mixture of classroom study and fieldwork, with one assessment unit based on students’ fieldwork experience. Assessment is through a combination of fieldwork reports and two examinations at the end of the course.

Extra-curricular opportunities 

As part of the GCSE course, students attend a field trip in Year 11, which allows them to collect and analyse data to use within topic 6 of their exam. In addition, we also offer students the opportunity to travel abroad, in recent years we have visited Iceland and Morocco. Some of our expeditions have been further afield in Cambodia, Ecuador, and Tanzania.

Year 7 are also invited to participate in ‘Geography Club’ which takes places every Wednesday Week B after school. Here, we complete quizzes, experiments, and games which aims to foster a real love and curiosity for the subject. We also offer ‘Film Club’ every month, where students can come along and tuck into some popcorn whilst watching geographical series and films including ‘Blue Planet’.

For GCSE students, there are a number of additional opportunities for them to revise and gain confidence in tricky topics and exam technique, in catch up sessions on Friday’s after school and also in ‘Breakfast Club’.

For more information, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression opportunities

Students who enjoy Geography can continue their studies in the Sixth Form with Geography A Level. You can find out more on our Sixth Form College pages.