"Geography prepares young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales."
Dr Rita Gardner, Director, RGS-IBG quoted in A Different View
The Geography department aims for students to engender:
- Knowledge and understanding of the planet Earth and its peoples
- Lasting awareness of the world around us
- Sensitivity and empathy towards all others
- Tolerance and independent thinking
- Preparedness for an active citizen’s role in a changing world
Head of Geography
Teacher of Geography
Teacher of Geography
Geography is taught in two specialist rooms. The SLZ and Learning Steps areas allow for group work and debate/discussion and role playing activities. These areas also support large group revision sessions for GCSE.
The department has many resources to deliver the subject; computer software such as Digimaps and Google Earth, video clips, visual resources, powerpoints and textbooks.
Students are also provided with a revision guide at the start of Year 10 to support their GCSE, as are Year 12 at KS5 and KS3 are given revision material before the end of their unit test.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Students will study a range of human and physical geography topics. The topics and skills taught will prepare students effectively for further study at GCSE. Skills developed involve; map skills, graphical skills, numerical skills, statistical skills, being able to formulate enquiry and argument and finally literacy skills.
Topics studies include:
- Year 7: Geographical skills, Earthquakes and Volcanoes and Rivers and Flooding.
- Year 8: People and the planet, Coasts and Into Africa (a skills based unit)
- Year 9: Superpowers, Sustainability and fieldwork and Ecosystems.
Weekly homework is set using SAM learning (digital educational software).
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
The KS4 curriculum is studied in 2 years – Years 10 and 11. Students study AQA: GCSE Geography and sit three exams; paper one is on iving with the physical environment, paper two is all about challenges in the human environment, and finally paper three is on geographical applications.
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
- Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
- Section B: The living world
- Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK
Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment
- Section A: Urban issues and challenges
- Section B: The changing economic world
- Section C: The challenge of resource management
Paper 3: Geographical Applications
- Section A: Issue evaluation
- Section B: Fieldwork
Weekly exam question homework is be set and revision guides are purchased and given to students at the start of Year 10. This should be used in conjunction with notes made in class to complete homework and consolidate learning.
Key Stage 5
The KS5 curriculum is studied in 2 years – Year 12 and 13. Students study AQA: A Level Geography and sit 2 exams.
Paper 1: Physical Geography
- Water and Carbon Cycles
- Hot Desert Systems and Landscapes
- Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Paper 2: Human Geography
- Global Systems and Global Governance
- Changing Places and Population
- The Environment
Paper 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.
Weekly exam question homework will be set. Revision guides will be purchased and given to students at the start of year 12. This should be used in conjunction with notes made in class to complete homework and consolidate learning.