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Geography

Course description 

Connect yourself to the environment around you, see the possibilities that the world has to offer and have the resilience to adapt to challenges.

Key Stage 3 

The programmes of study aim to provide opportunities for children to develop their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of learning activities. Our new Geography course is all about working in a team with other students and learning through a mixture of investigating, doing, reading and listening.

Year 7 
To start the year, we develop and learn useful Geography skills in the 'World Skills' unit. Making use of these skills, the next unit 'Africa' then explores this huge and varied continent and how we are connected to it through human interactions. Year 7 then moves on to look at some of the physical processes such as rivers and the climate which shapes our planet in the 'Physical Geography' unit. Fieldwork opportunities include the investigation of micro-climates and the local settlement.

Year 8
The first unit in Year 8 is called 'Natural Hazards' where we take a look at hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes and how they affect us and what we can do about them. This is followed by a unit called 'People and Extreme Places' which looks at some of the most exciting and weird places on our planet and how people are able to live in them. In the third unit, 'Tourism', students develop an understanding of how both local and international places are affected by tourism. Fieldwork opportunities include looking into infiltration rates and soil type in the local area.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 investigates a variety of human and physical geographies, all designed to be very contemporary and up-to-date. The 'Physical Environment' unit topics we cover include; the changing landscape of the UK's coastlines and rivers, the weather and its hazards and how ecosystems are diverse. In the 'Human Environment' unit we study our changing cities, global developments in population and trade, water as a resource and how it is managed.

We also investigate challenges within the UK as a nation such as conservation and migration. Whist there is no controlled assessment element, students will still engage in two fieldwork projects which they will be tested on in their final exams. In these projects, and throughout their studies, students are expected to learn skills of justifying opinions regarding the interaction of people and their environments.

Homework 

Students are encouraged to take a close interest in events on the news and/or documentaries of geographical significance. Homework may involve research, written short or extended questions, preparation for a presentation or extended tasks such as those for coursework. Work will often involve ICT either for research or for writing up. Homework is expected to be presented to a high standard.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Students need a good set of stationery in common with most other subjects, including a set of colouring pencils. Scientific calculators are often used. The Academy has a basic range of standard fieldwork equipment. Textbooks are provided and details of good revision guides and web sites are supplied.

Opportunities for Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

Geography AS and /or A2 make a great choice post-16.

The knowledge and skills of the Geographer are well received both by higher education admissions tutors and by employers, for example:

  • Good communication skills; teamwork; management skills; analysis
  • Numeracy and Literacy; questioning; spatial awareness; ICT
  • Environmental and social awareness

Geography has been described as the ‘unique bridging subject’ in the way that it links the ‘Arts’ subjects like English and History with the Science subjects. As such, it can also make a valuable contribution post-16 and works well in combination with other choices.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

Geography has links to many careers. This includes direct links such as planning, teaching, surveying and construction. There are however, many other careers where the contribution of the subject makes it a very valuable component. The decision-making and ICT skills and world knowledge make it highly valued in management, foreign travel occupations, the financial sector and sales and marketing.