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]
The study of GCSE Geography can help you to develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global. You can also investigate the earth and its peoples. You study the features of the earth – such as mountains, rivers and seas – and how they were formed. Geography will also help you develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving. It is the one subject where you gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world.
All students attend Geography lessons during year 7 and 8. In year 9 students opt to continue studying Geography or not. We aim to make the subject accessible to all whilst tackling whats happening in the world now.
Students have four lessons of Geography per fortnight in year 7 and three lessons per fortnight in year 8.
We follow the syllabus Geography B (Geography for Enquiring Minds) (9-1) – J384
Below is a breakdown of how students are assessed
Specification at a glance
People and society
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Students explores the social, cultural, political and economic forces that make places unique, and how these change over time and space, particularly the growth of urbanisation and the challenges of feeding an ever-growing population.
There are four topics:
- Urban futures
- Dynamic development
- UK in the 21st century
- Resource reliance.
Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world human geographical contexts.
Component 03: Geographical exploration
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This component draws on geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that have been developed in components 01 and 02. This synoptic assessment enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject.
This component includes a decision-making exercise, here students can become critical thinkers and develop arguments.
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:
- 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
- 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 – Key Stage 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.
Year 7 programme of work –
What is Geography?
Map Skills And Place Knowledge
Energy and Natural resources
Africa, Russia and the Middle East
Year 8 programme of work
Weather and climate change
(The Arctic and Antarctic)
The UK’s role in the world