In Geography we like to:
• Learn more about the world we live in
• Develop skills that will help in other areas such as IT and research
• Do some enquiry work away from the classroom
• Work in a team with other people and consider a range of viewpoints
• Learn through a mixture of investigating, doing, reading and listening
The world is always changing. Geography gives you the chance to learn about these changes.
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 understanding that the planet is living and breathing, so things are always changing. That the planet’s physical and human processes follow often patterns and that humans both damage and protect the planet. We also start to explore different perspectives on global issues as this is crucial when learning about the planet.
To start the year, we develop and learn useful Geographical skills which helps to underpin all the other topics studied. Following this we explore UK landscapes (water cycle, river and coastal landforms) the UK’s economic geography (economic sectors, economic change) and then a fieldwork enquiry on settlements (patterns and changes over time and place). Lastly, we cover some larger global issues which greatly impact modern day living; plastic use, fashion and sustainable tourism.
This year builds on knowledge learnt in Year 7 and begins with natural hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes). It moves on to weather and climate (general atmospheric circulation model, global biomes, anticyclones, depressions) which then links into tropical rainforests (characteristics and exploitation) and fragile environments (polar and tundra regions, development and management). We then study population (distribution, structure, migration and development) and complete a fieldwork enquiry on soils (types, flood hydrographs, infiltration). Lastly, we again cover some more global issues which greatly impact modern day living; climate change, food production and conflict.
The geographical knowledge students have been taught during Years 7 and 8 will be built upon; the GCSE will give them new challenges and the opportunity to develop more advanced skills.
In Physical Geography we will be learning about the major forces which have shaped the world we live in, such as coasts, rivers and plate tectonics. Other topics include our changing weather hazards, climate change, rainforest ecosystems and human interactions in cold environments.
In Human Geography we will be exploring how cities and societies vary around the world. Other topics we explore include the changes in our economic development, employment patterns and how humans manage resources such as water.
There will also be two fieldwork opportunities where students improve their geographical enquiry skills. In Year 10 we visit Norwich to see how the urban structure changes from the edge of the city to the centre. In Year 11 we visit the North Norfolk Coast to see how our coastal landscapes vary and for what reasons.
After Easter in Year 11 students will provided with a “Pre-release Booklet” from the exam board. This is an unseen booklet which will delve deeper into a topic which students will have been taught during the course. It gives all students the opportunity to debate, and create judgements about, a topical recent news story; combining all their knowledge and understanding from the whole course.
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.
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.