Geography

The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents, and in the end, it’s about using that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.

Barack Obama

Geography is all about exploring the world and all its wonders. You will begin by discovering the world and its processes before exploring how humans interact and affect the world in which we live.

The journey begins with you showing your locational knowledge of the planet and grows into exploring places such as Tropical Rainforests and South Africa.

Following this we start to discover how powerful Mother Nature is and how it works to shape our planet, how our weather is created, why the land looks like it does and the dangers created by nature around the world.

Finally, we study the fascinating patterns of humans, looking at how we live, and the impact our life is having on the planet. We finish by discussing the future, how can we continue to live in harmony with the planet without exploiting it for all it is worth!

School Trips

In Geography we always strive to learn outside of the classroom running many trips across the different year groups, in previous years these trips have included trips to the coasts such as Scarborough and the Holderness Coast and GCSE Trips to Sheffield and Peak District. 

Geography Experiences to Italy and Iceland with the department currently looking at options for future visits.

Curriculum

KS3

Year 7 – A year developing key Geographical and Locational knowledge of both Human and Physical Geography. Topics include –  

  • The World Around Us

  • The Human World

  • The Natural World

  • African Exploration

  • Amazing Places


Year 8 – Exploring the complex nature of the relationship between Humans and Nature. Topics include –

  • Coastal Challenges

  • Dangerous Planet

  • Global Development
  • Worldwide Weather

  • Local Fieldwork


Year 9 – A flavor of the GCSE course – We will continue to build on the knowledge of the previous two years, and then towards the end of the year give the pupils a taste of the GCSE course itself. Topics include –

  • Climate Change
  • Extreme Weather

  • Cities and Urbanisation

  • Ecosystems


KS4

Why should I study this subject?

Geography is a topical subject. Students who study Geography will gain an understanding of the world around them and learn about the effect the environment has on people and the communities in which they live. Students will develop a variety of skills through practical work including fieldwork and decision-making exercises.

What will I study?

There are three sections to the GCSE Geography course

Unit 1 – The Physical Environment

This unit takes an in-depth look at our natural planet and helps us to understand events in the UK and around the world; topics include

UK landscapes focusing in more depth on Rivers and Coasts. Here we look at the key processes that form these environments, the characteristics of these environments and how they can be managed.

Weather and Climate- here we will look at hurricanes and droughts; how they are formed, their impacts and responses, and how these can vary dependent on development levels.

Ecosystems, biodiversity and management- here we look at Tropical Rain forests and Deciduous woodland, we look at their threats and management.

Unit 2 – The Human Environment

This unit focuses upon the Urban World, looking at the growth of cities around the world, the uneven development of the world and the supply of natural resources.

Changing Cities with a focus on two key case studies- Mexico City and Sheffield

Resource Management with a focus on water management

Global Development with a focus on the key case study location- India

Unit 3 –Geographical investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

This unit is designed to allow students to make some important decisions about the planet. It promotes independent thinking and covers a wide range of local and global topics.

There are two parts to this unit, reflecting the 2 parts to the exam. The fieldwork part to this unit and exam replaces the traditional Geography coursework with exam questions, on students fieldwork and on a range of skills including graphical and cartographic skills. We have to undertake 2 fieldwork days, one to a physical environment, in our case to a river where would collect information on how a river can change as we move downstream, and to a human environment, where we visit Sheffield City Centre to explore regeneration to the area.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Geography is 100% exam based and there are 3 exams for Geography covering the three Units

Unit 1 (The Physical Environment) Exam 1 hour 30 mins long worth 94 marks

Unit 2 (The Human Environment) Exam 1 hour 30 mins long worth 94 marks

Unit 3 (Geographical investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges) Exam 1 hour 30 mins long worth 64 marks

The exams include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and extended writing questions of maximum 16 marks.

All exams take place at the end of the course.

What skills will I learn?

Students will develop a variety of skills through practical work including fieldwork and decision-making exercises. We also develop statistical skills and mathematical skills as well as map reading and interpretation skills.

What equipment will I need?

You will need a calculator for all lessons and exams. You will also need a clipboard and appropriate outdoor wear for when we complete our fieldwork visits. A waterproof coat and wellington boots are ideal for these, especially for the River study visit.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

As Geography is a diverse and topical subject that looks at a number of areas from around the world and the issues they face, there are opportunities to develop ethics and morals when looking at the development levels of areas and how they should be managed as well as looking at the well being and quality of life to those that call these areas home. We also aim to help our students gain a greater sense of the world around them and their place within it.

Where can this subject take me?

Supports progression to A Level – the compulsory and optional topic content provides the opportunity to lay foundations of knowledge and understanding that can be further developed at A Level whilst the Geographical and Fieldwork skills developed can be applied to a wide range of jobs and apprenticeships

Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

The Curriculum Team

Miss P Alcock
Teacher of Geography
Miss K Ballance
Teacher of Geography
Miss R Neal
Subject Leader of Geography
Mr D Scholey
Associate Assistant Headteacher
Ms N Tomkins
Leader of Year 7
Ms J Whetstone
Associate Assistant Headteacher
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