Geography

Our aim in Geography is to inspire an understanding and respect for the wonder of our planet. "Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future"- Michael Palin

Key Stage Three

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.

Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

  • extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia (including China and India), and the Middle East, focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities

Place Knowledge

  • understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a region within Africa, and of a region within Asia

Human and physical geography

  • understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in:
  • physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts
  • human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources
  • understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

Geography – KeyStage 3

Geographical skills and fieldwork

  • build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field
  • interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs
  • use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data
  • use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

The programme of work in year 7, 8 and 9 Geography in 2015/16

                     Year 7                                            Year 8                               Year 9

Topic  1

What is Geography?

Topic  2

Map Skills

And Place Knowledge

Topic  3

World Environments

Topic  4

Urbanisation

Topic  5

Energy and Natural resources

Topic  6

Africa, Russia and the Middle East

Topic 1

Map skills

Topic  2

Weather and climate change

Topic  3

Ice and Water

 

Topic  4

Savage Earth

Topic  5

Population

Topic  6

Economic Activities

Topic  1

Plate Tectonics

Topic  2

Population

Topic  3

New Superpowers

(China, India and Eastern Asia)

Topic  4

Economic Activities

Topic  5

Rivers and Floods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2015/16 students will study Coasts and Development in Year 9 replacing Population and Economic Activities as Year 9 topics

GCSE

Geography is a dynamic and interesting course at GCSE which traditionally achieves the best possible grades for its students. In 2015, 72% of GCSE students in Geography obtained marks between an A* and C grade in the subject.

Click here to find out further details of the GCSE Geography specificiation

Geography fieldwork

Fieldwork is an essential part of the Geography curriculum. In 2014/15 the Geography department organised Year 8 fieldwork to the New Forest and Hengistbury Head, and Moon Quarry in Somerset.  In Year 9 there was a visit to, and workshop at, the Natural History Museum and a study of the communities of Windsor and Southall. Year 10 two day coursework in the new Forest and a Year 9/10 residential trip to Naples in Italy in the summer of 2014.

In Years 7 students receive 2 hours of Geography lessons per fortnight. In Year 8 students there are 3 hours of Geography fortnightly. In year 9 students commence their gcse course and receive 5 hours of Geography per fortnight.

Year 9 visit to London -

London Eye   London Eye

A Video About Geography

Performance

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education within the school”.

[Ofsted 2017]

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