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The Geography Department empowers students with the knowledge to appreciate our rapidly changing environment both near and far from home.  A combination of traditional maps, fieldwork and digital tools are always at the heart of our Geographical investigations.

Through studying Geography our students will become global citizens of the 21st century and be able to visualise Geography in all current affairs.  We have 6 Geography specialists in the department with a wealth of experience, as well as many other outstanding teachers contributing to the team.

"I choose geography because it is extremely interesting and incorporates multiple subjects such as business and maths into it.  I like geography because it covers a variety of topics and it is really interesting and fun :)."      Jasmin Year 11

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 course has been designed to introduce a wide range of key concepts and the necessary skills to access these.

Throughout the topics students will develop & demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge & Understanding by showing a range of information with explanations.
  • Processes through making connections between concepts and places.
  • Place by displaying knowledge of a range of places on a variety of scales.
  • Geographical Skills to geographical enquiries through the use of maps, data and images.
  • Spelling & Grammar with the consistent use of geographical key terms

Students are formatively assessed throughout each year, with a formal piece of work in each topic. This can vary from a presentation, essay question, to tests and projects. All students have a tracking sheet to track their progress.

In geography we have 4 topics within each year to allow us to cover a range of skills & knowledge in depth and allow time for reflection & improvements following feedback. We also have designed each scheme of work around an enquiry question to stimulate curiosity in students and have covered a range of topical issues.

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

YEAR 9

What is my place like?

Which global issue is the most damaging?

Why are our coastlines so important?            

Is climate change a real problem?

How does erosion shape our landscape?

How does development affect the world?

How does water affect people's lives?

Tectonic Vs Meteorological - which hazard wins?

How is Africa so diverse?

Which biome would I most like to live in and why?

Should the Amazon be protected?

Independent project

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Exam Board: AQA      100% examination based

Geography GCSE is a very popular GCSE choice, currently we have 5 sets in both year 10 and 11. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and all have an experienced specialist teacher. Lessons cover a wide range of learning styles and make good use of the students chromebooks. Students develop exam skills through lessons, but also in end of topic formal assessments and the year 10 and 11 mock exams.

For more course information please click on this link  to the AQA website

PAPER

TOPIC

TIME & PERCENTAGE

Paper 1

Living with the physical environment

The challenge of natural hazards

The living world

Physical landscapes in the UK (Options = Coastal & River Landscapes)

1 hour and 30 minutes

35% of GCSE

Paper 2

Challenges in the human environment

Urban issues and challenges

The changing economic world

The challenge of resource management (Option = water)

1 hour and 30 minutes

35% of GCSE

Paper 3

Geographical applications

Issue evaluation

Fieldwork

Geographical skills

1 hour and 15 minutes

30% of GCSE

ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Students at GCSE complete two fieldwork days required for their course, the first is to Islington and the Arsenal Stadium regeneration project, and the second to the River Chess to complete some physical fieldwork.

Geography Department

Subject Leader Miss K Taylor  
  Mrs G Bradshaw
  Miss A Farnfield
  Mrs L Jones (Senior Leader)   
  Mr I Rogers (Assistant Headteacher)
  Mrs L Williams (Assistant Headteacher)
Subject Documents Date  
Geography Curriculum Intent 06th Feb 2020 Download
Geography Learning Journey 06th Feb 2020 Download
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