Geography

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future"  - Michael Palin

Geography is a dynamic, ever changing subject that helps us makes sense of the world around us. It is the subject that deals with the big issues that face us today.

Through studying Geography, we are able to gain a range of valuable skills, such as report writing, data collection and analysis and questioning. Therefore Geographers are good communicators and problem solvers. They are spatially aware and are flexible thinkers.

All students study Geography in years 7 - 9.  The curriculum looks at human, physical and environmental aspects of Geography. 

In Y7, students start to develop their geographical skills and look at key issues such as settlement and migration. They also gain a stronger awareness of the world around them. Topics covered include:

·         Migration through the Egypt Project

·         World Awareness

·         Map Skills

·         Development

·         Settlement

In Y8, students learn about ecosystems, with a focus on rainforests, hydrology and different landforms. They also consider issues surrounding climate change with a focus on becoming responsible global citizens.  Topics covered include:

·         Weather and Climate

·         Biomes

·         Animal Adaptation

·         Water Project

·         Global Warming

·         China

In Y9, students focus on natural hazards, population and international development. We also offer a taster of what will be taught at GCSE so that they are able to make an informed choice during the options process. Topics covered include: Japan, Farming, Natural Hazards, Population, International Development, Economic Activity.

Students who have chosen to study Geography at KS4 will follow the OCR B syllabus for the exam year 2016 and the WJEC B Course for 2017. This geography qualification gives students the skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. This qualification covers the four key themes of Geography - rivers and coasts, population and settlement, natural hazards, and economic development.

The 2016 course is assessed by a terminal exam (50%), Decision Making Exercise ( 25%) and Controlled Assessment (25%).

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