Geography

In Geography the main aim is for students to develop, through the enquiry approach, a sound appreciation of their surroundings and to encourage empathy with and understanding of different communities, cultures and places.  Fieldwork is used to enhance learning within all Key Stages. 

In Key Stage 3 we investigate the world around us at a local scale, considering aspects of geography that are based in the local area and our own country.  Throughout Years 8 and 9 we become increasingly more global with our topic matter.  Several themes are strong and reoccurring such as natural hazards, economic development, physical environments and social aspects such as settlement and population geography.

At GCSE, students are encouraged to become more aware of, and to respect, the natural environment and to understand the interplay between people and their surroundings.   Throughout all sections of the course, there is an emphasis on values and attitudes, environmental issues and sustainability.  Students explore case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Students are required to conduct their own field work out side of the class room in two contrasting locations ranging from various UK coastal and river locations to exciting city experiences.

Our A Level students study six core topics taken from both physical and human geography.  All units involve consideration of people and environmental issues, supported by case study materials. The issue of sustainability is explored on a local, national and global scale. There is a residential field course, which encourages independent learning and brings geography to life. 

 

Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • Map skills – including local fieldwork and data collection
  • Exploring extreme environments (Antarctica)
  • Global impacts of sport
  • Relocation of industry and the Kassam Stadium
  • Rivers and flooding – causes, impacts and management
  • Your world: exploring the UK

Year 8

  • Exploring extreme environments (tropical rainforests)
  • Threatened world, threatened people (development) – including sponsored walk for WaterAid
  • Dangerous world (earthquakes and tsunamis)
  • My world: the geography of crime
  • Tourism in Thailand – sustainable tourism
  • Population – managing youthful and ageing populations

Year 9

  • Exploring extreme environments (impossible places)
  • China – a new super power?
  • Dangerous world (volcanoes)
  • Globalisation and the geography of fashion
  • Weather and climate – and global warming
  • Glaciation – how glacial processes have shaped our landscape

Year 10

  • Urban issues and challenges (including a fieldwork day in Bristol)
  • Ecosystems; tropical rainforests and hot deserts
  • Rivers and coasts (including a fieldwork day in Dorset)
  • Fieldwork write up

Year 11

  • Hazards; tectonicand climatic
  • Economic world
  • Resource management; food, energy, water

Year 12

Human

  • Changing places
  • Contemporary Urban environments

 

Physical

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hazards – Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tropical storms and Wild fires

Year 13

Human

  • Global systems and governance

 

Physical

  • Coastal systems and landscapes

 

Geography fieldwork investigation

  • Individual coursework investigation including the collection of fieldwork data (1 week residential at Oxwich Bay – Gower peninsula)

 

Exam Specifications

 

GCSE: AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

 

‘A’ Level: AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

 

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