Academic departments

Geography

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

The National Curriculum

“If geography itself has any significance it is that we are made to lift our eyes from our small provincial selves to the whole complex and magnificent world.”

Richard Burton (1821-1890), to the Royal Geographical Society.


Year 7

Students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the complexities of the world, and discover that, in an era of rapid change, Geography uniquely connects political, environmental, economic, cultural, or scientific events.

The curriculum engages students’ curiosity and stirs their imagination, instilling a sense of awe and wonder about the world. As well-rounded geographers and global citizens, students are educated in environmental awareness, ensuring they develop their moral responsibility to protect the earth for future generations.

Students embark on their geographical journey with an introduction to the subject through themes such as ‘My World’, ‘Water world’ and ‘Threatened World’, while meanwhile securing and mastering their Ordnance Survey map skills.

In addition to studying what makes up the British Isles, students extend their understanding of their World, from oceans, continents and countries, to lines of latitude and longitude. Year 7 students learn about physical and environmental geography themes including river landscapes, flooding and tectonic hazards. In each unit, they begin to make links to human geography interactions and issues.

Year 8

Year 8 students build upon their grasp of physical geography by exploring coastal systems, processes and management, as well as environmental themes of global warming and severe weather, making connections between our human activity and the natural, threatened world.

Through studying population dynamics and issues, students further deepen their engagement with human geography in understanding the world they live in. This includes a case study where students lead an enquiry to solve a migration mystery.

Year 9

Year 9 students continue to broaden their knowledge of geographical issues through studying world development and globalisation. In these human geography-based units, students engage and reflect on some of the big, contemporary and thought-provoking themes including trade, aid, transnational corporations, exploitation, debt that shape our ever changing and shrinking world. As part of their learning about Tourism, Year 9 students analyse the growth and changes experienced in this industry, as well as the ways it is attempting to be more sustainable. Students also explore China as an in-depth case study of a country which brings together their learning from across Years 7, 8 and 9.

GCSE Geography

Edexcel specification A

Physical Geography

Human Geography

UK Challenges and Fieldwork Investigations

 

A-Level Geography

Edexcel

Physical Geography – Exam 1

Human Geography – Exam 2

Synoptic Paper – Exam 3

Non Examined Assessment – Independent Fieldwork Investigation

Through their geographical learning, students develop skills of lifelong importance, from problem-solving to decision making and a thirst for acquiring knowledge about human and physical landscapes, processes and management. Learners are encouraged to question and explore, developing their skills of enquiry, both in the classroom and through experiential learning in the outside world context. In Year 7, pupils use Ordnance Survey maps to develop their map skills by learning about grid references, distance, direction, scale and height. They also learn how to use an atlas. Pupils learn how to select information from research and develop their decision-making skills. They learn how to create sketch maps and drawings and how to describe and explain geographical information. In Year 8, pupils develop their skills of using data and graphs, including population pyramids. They develop the ability to see both sides of an issue and to form and support their own opinions. They practise solving geographical mysteries and carry out their own investigations. In Year 9, pupils work individually and in various sized groups to develop their skills of investigation and analysis. They extend their skills in writing an evaluative account.

Meet our Geography department

Holly Fairley

Head of Geography & Deputy Senior Teacher

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Kath Guille

Teacher of Geography & Games

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Mike Elward

Vice-Principal

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