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Geography

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Our aim is to instil in our students an ability to ‘think like geographers’ that will enable them to achieve success at GCSE and beyond.  Eight key geographical skills have been identified to help students make this progression.  These skills will also serve as a valuable support for the demands and challenges of everyday life outside of the classroom.

Across all of the units we study, knowledge of places and features, Descriptions of geographical features, processes and interactions, use of geographical sources of information, Use of geographical vocabulary and Understanding inter-relationships between places, environments and processes, will feature strongly. The additional skills will be introduced and developed as the units are rolled out. Although the skills we develop each year remain the same, the themes, and the application of these skills to more challenging content will allow students to make progress.  Our ultimate aim is for each student to master these skills to the point where they can use them automatically.  The foundation for all of the skills is fluency and confidence with knowledge and we expect this to be developed through the use of our ‘Practice Makes Permanent’ book.

The three bars represent bands within each pathway. The progression from the lower to higher band will reflect the degree to which the student has mastered the skills from occasional demonstration through to consistent mastery.

Year 7

Terms 1 and 2 - Places

Students will study where people live and the concepts of latitude and longitude. There will be a particular focus on map interpretation, through the use of Ordnance Survey maps.

Terms 3 and 4 - Flooding

Students will study the water cycle and flood events. There will be a particular focus on using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the explanation of processes and understanding inter-relationships between places, environments and process through a decision-making exercise.

Term 5 and 6 - Waste and the environment

Here students will be introduced to a key issue affecting our planet. There will be a particular focus on enquiry skills.

There will be occasional lessons based on topical geographical issues featured in news bulletins during Year 7.

Year 8

Terms 1 and 2 - Population

Students will study the trends in population change and the consequences of population change through the use of specific case studies. The skills we will be developing during this unit are; Use of geographical sources of information, Use of geographical vocabulary, Understanding inter-relationships between places, environments and processes in particular.

Terms 3 and 4 - Wild weather

This is another opportunity to study a mainly physical topic, drawing particularly on Explanation of processes, Description of geographical features, processes and interactions and Use of geographical sources of information. The focus for case studies will be the USA and the students will be able to develop their knowledge of places in this context.

Terms 5 and 6 - Energy 

Students will study renewable and non-renewable sources and investigate issues surrounding energy generation from different sources on local to global scales. There will be further opportunities to develop Enquiry skills, Understanding inter-relationships between places, environments and processes in particular in this unit.          

There will be occasional lessons based on topical geographical issues featured in news bulletins during Year 8.                    

Year 9

Terms 1 and 2 - Natural hazards

The focus will be on the tectonic hazards of volcanoes and earthquakes and time has been allocated to students to produce an extended report within this unit.  In particular, Explanation of processes, Description of geographical features, processes and interactions, Use of geographical sources of information, Enquiry skills, Use of geographical vocabulary will be developed. Student will study the impacts of hazards within both Low Income Countries and High Income Countries enabling comparisons to be made. This unit will form the subject matter for a ‘GCSE type’ examination.

Term 3 - Development issues

A number of issues affecting Low Income Countries will be studied with many examples drawn from Kenya. The skills we will be developing in particular are Knowledge of places and features, Use of geographical sources of information, Use of geographical vocabulary, Understanding inter-relationships between places, environments and processes.

Term 4 - UK landscapes

Students will study limestone and coastal landscapes in the UK and will reinforce more general geographical knowledge about the UK, developing Knowledge of places and features, Explanation of processes, Enquiry skills, Interpretation of maps in particular.

Term 5 - Global issues

A key component of this unit will be climate change. The study of this topic will enable students to make connections with earlier themes studied.  A focus for enquiry will be Antarctica developing Use of geographical sources of information, Enquiry skills, Understanding inter-relationships between places, environments and processes in particular.

Term 6 - Country study

This unit will be synoptic allowing students to further develop all of the skills listed. There will be an element of choice in the countries studied with a focus on the fast growing MINT economies.

There will be occasional lessons based on topical geographical issues featured in news bulletins during Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Course Title:   Geography
Qualification:  GCSE
Awarding Body:   OCR
Description of Course

Students will study:

  • Natural Hazards eg earthquakes and volcanoes;                              
  • Population and Settlement;
  • Economic Development;
  • Rivers and Coasts;
  • Sustainability.

Students will be involved in residential and day trips—which will probably involve visiting the coast.