Geography

Geography is all around us. You are constantly exposed to geographical issues in everyday life, including: environmental concerns; natural disasters; world weather; local developments; urban and rural change; population movements; maps and travel.  Today there has never been a more important time to study geographical issues, such as development and climate change.

Geography will provide you with an opportunity to develop your awareness and understanding of the patterns, processes and relationships that characterise human and physical environments.

What will I gain from studying geography?

Studying geography will allow you to:

  • Learn through challenging and enjoyable experiences.
  • Be able to raise questions about the nature and quality of human life.   
  • Recognise that people’s lives are influenced by beliefs, aspirations, values.
  • Explore an interest in other people, encourage empathy and respect for their values and ways of life.
  • Promote active participation in a society that values equal opportunities and respect for others.
  • Promote citizenship throughout the geography curriculum.
  • Foster personal qualities such as curiosity, open-mindedness, co-operation, concern for others, critical decision making and responsibility.
  • Develop a range of skills and competencies through enquiry approaches, fieldwork.
  • Develop geographical knowledge and understanding.
  • Foster a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around you.
  • Enhance a sense of responsibility for the care of the world and it’s peoples.
  • Reflect on your personal attitudes and enable you to make informed decisions about geographical issues.

What will I study in geography?

Year 7 Geography

Unit 1 - In the first instance, the emphasis is on acquiring key geographic skills, such as the location of continents and countries and the practical use of grid references.  Key environmental issues, such as energy use, recycling and global warming are covered.

Unit 2 - You investigate several issues concerning population and migration, both at a local and global scale. 

Unit 3 - Enquiry based geography underlies all of the units covered and this is especially the case for this unit on hot deserts.  You are encouraged to investigate the climate, plants, animals and people of the hot deserts and the adaptations that are made in order to survive in such a harsh environment. 

Unit 4 – You will investigate the tourist industry, which acts as a springboard for the study of an international country; Kenya in unit 6. 

Unit 5 – This unit will allow you to investigate the key issues associated with river environments, notably the formation of landforms such as meanders and waterfalls.  You are encouraged to investigate the effects of flooding, as well as the effectiveness of different management strategies.

Unit 6 – The study of an international country: Kenya. This unit is studied through independent enquiry and allows you to learn about the human and physical geography of the country.

Year 8 Geography:

You study six units of work. 

Unit 1 – You will investigate natural hazards, where you focus on the key issues associated with the causes and effects of both earthquakes and volcanoes. 

Unit 2 – In this unit you will investigate several issues concerning global fashion and development

Unit 3 - Enquiry based geography underlies all of the units covered and this is especially the case for this unit of work on Antarctica.  You are encouraged to investigate the climate, plants, animals and people of the Antarctica and the adaptations that are made in order to survive in such a harsh environment. 

Unit 4 – You will study a contrasting environment to Antarctica by looking at Tropical Rainforests, with a focus being the issues associated with deforestation. 

Unit 5 - You are encouraged to investigate both the role of the European Union and a country of interest, notably Italy.  

Unit 6 - The final unit allows you to investigate the key issues associated with coastal environments, notably the formation of landforms such as stacks and spits.  You are encouraged to investigate the effects of coastal erosion, as well as the effectiveness of different management strategies.

Geography at GCSE: (3 year GCSE)

You will be studying the AQA syllabus, which provides excellent coverage of geography at the GCSE (Key Stage 4) level. The syllabus is primarily thematically based and reflects the nature of physical and human environments and the interaction between them.

There are 3 main sections of content which are split into sub sections. You will study the following:

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

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

3) Geographical applications

Section A: Issue evaluation

Section B: Fieldwork

How will I be assessed?

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