geography

Geography

Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps pupils to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface.

The aim of the Geography department is to foster a sense of curiosity and wonder about the world in which we live. As a Catholic school, we view the world as God’s creation. It is the duty of each and every one of us to manage our environment at a local, national and global scale. We want our students to be aware of the diversity and challenge posed by geography. We want them to become global citizens contributing to a sustainable future.

 

Key Stage 3 Geography

The diversity of the units studied in Years 7-9 develops an appreciation of the world, and offers pupils the chance to experience a range of activities. They will not only develop their geographical knowledge of the world but will extend their use of map skills, graphical skills and will learn to use Geographical Information Systems. They will also learn how to become sustainable citizens.

 

Year 7: Who am I? Where am I? What is this?

Aim:

• To understand what Geography is.

• To study different aspects of Geography – both human and physical.

• To understand our place in the world.

• To learn basic geographical skills.

Topics:

1. What is Geography?

2. Earthquakes and Volcanoes

3. India

4. Places

 

Year 8: What is going on in our world?

Aim:

• To understand the impacts our actions have on the planet.

• To understand the pressures on our planet at individual, local, national and international scale.

• To understand the consequences of not managing our planet.

Topics:

1. Rainforests

2. Coral Reefs

3. Antarctica)

4. Rivers and Flooding.

 

Year 9: Little me in a big world

Aim:

• To understand the concept of globalisation.

• To know the world is not equal and the reasons for this.

• To know how we as individuals make choices that influence the rest of the world.

Topics:

1. Development and sustainability

2. Population

3. Global Fashion

4. Extreme Environments

 

In KS3, pupils are expected to complete 30-45 minutes of homework per week.

We like to offer each year group some fieldwork experience, Year 7 and 9 will have trips in the local area and Year 8 have a day on the River Thames in London, which includes a study of the Thames Flood Barrier.

The best way for pupils to keep up to date with current geographical issues is through following the news: www.bbc.co.uk/news/

Useful links about the content of the course can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

 

Key Stage 4 Geography

Year 10 pupils are following the AQA GCSE Geography (8035) specification.  This covers the following:

 

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

This unit explores Physical Geography topics including Natural Hazards, Climate Change, Coastal and River landscapes. It also investigates Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Cold Environments.

 

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

This unit explores Human Geography based topics including Urban Issues and Challenges the Changing Economic World and resource Management of Water and Food.

 

Paper 3: Geographical Applications.

This paper is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from all areas of their studies in Geography. The paper will be based on a resource booklet that will be available 12 weeks prior to the exam. Students will also need to demonstrate an understanding of the fieldwork undertaken during the course.

 

Pupils on this course should complete about 1 hour of homework each week.

Year 10 will undertake a residential trip to Swanage in the summer term to complete 2 pieces of fieldwork.

 

Year 11 students are following the Edexcel B – Evolving Planet specification 2GB01, which covers:

 

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet

This unit explores Physical Geography topics including Restless Earth, Changing Climate, Battle for the Biosphere and Water World. It also investigates Coastal Change and Extreme Environments.

 

Unit 2: People and the Planet

This unit explores Human Geography based topics including Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Globalisation and Development Dilemmas. It also considers changes in the UK in relation to the economy as well as challenges facing our increasingly urban world.

 

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions

This is a decision-making exercise that requires students to understand and respond to a particular geographical issue. The skills taught and acquired will be highly valuable in all aspects Geography GCSE as well as other subjects.

 

Unit 4: Investigating Geography

 

Students must study all four Units. Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed through examination at the end of the course; Unit 4 is a coursework module which was completed in Year 10.  To help them succeed, they will complete about 1 hour of homework each week.

 

AQA Y10 exam information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Pearsons Y11 exam information: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2009.html

The best way to keep up to date with current geographical issues is through following the news: www.bbc.co.uk/news/

Useful links about the content of the course can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

 

 

The IB DP Geography Flipboard Magazine has fantastic up to date geographical articles relevant to the curriculum.

Lots of visual clips to aid understanding can be found at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/topics/secondary.shtml#geography

 

Key Stage 5 Geography

Year 12 students are following the AQA 7037 Geography A-level.  This covers:

Paper 1 – Physical Geography

This paper is based on the core Physical Geography themes which will include:

• Water and Carbon Cycles

• Coastal Systems

• Hazards

 

Paper 2 – Human Geography

This paper will be based on the core Human Geography themes which will include:

• Global Systems and Global Governance.

• Changing Places

• Urban Environments

 

Coursework – Independent Investigation

Students will select a question or issue for investigation relating to any aspect of geography contained within the specification. The investigation will incorporate fieldwork and independent research. The report will include independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.

 

In order to succeed in this course, students will need to undertake up to 3 hours of private study each week.

Students need to undertake a number of pieces of fieldwork in preparation for their independent investigation. These will include opportunites in the local area as well as a residential trip to the Cranedale Centre in Yorkshire. Wherever possible we try to visit areas that underpin case studies– these may be short trips in the local area such as Shenley.

 

Geography is all around us and is ever changing. The best way to keep up to date with current geographical issues is through following the news:

www.bbc.co.uk

 

The IB DP Geography Flipboard Magazine has fantastic up to date geographical articles relevant to the curriculum.

Follow the Geography department on Twitter @LC_Geography to get see all the most recent related articles to Geography.

 

Lots of visual clips to aid understanding can be found at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/topics/secondary.shtml#geography

 

Year 13 student are following the AQA 1031/2031 Geography course.  This covers:

Unit 1: AS

Physical and Human Geography: The study of core geographical concepts along with contrasting themes of contemporary or environmental impact, management and sustainability. Candidates study the core and then one physical option and one human option.

Core physical section: Rivers, floods and management

Core human section: Population change

Optional physical topic: Coastal Environments

Optional human topic: Health Issues

Unit 2: AS

Geographical Skills: A geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1 and a fieldwork investigation.

Skills include: Investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical.

 

Unit 3: A2

Contemporary Geographical Issues: An issue based approach to contemporary geographical themes. Candidates must study three topics, one physical and two human topics.

Optional Physical topic: Plate tectonics and associated hazards.

Optional Human topic: Development and Globalisation and World Cities

 

Unit 4A: A2

Geography Fieldwork Investigation: This unit gives candidates the opportunity to extend an area of the subject content into a more detailed fieldwork study. The examination will test them on their fieldwork skills and general geographical skills.

 

These students should complete up to 3 hours of private study per week.

Year 13 students go on a weekend residential trip to the Cranedale Centre in Yorkshire where they undertake a coastal study to support their geography fieldwork investigation for Unit 4.

Wherever possible we try to visit areas that underpin case studies during both years – these may be short trips in the local area such as Shenley.

 

AQA Y12 exam information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

AQA Y13 exam information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-2030

Geography is all around us and is ever changing. The best way to keep up to date with current geographical issues is through following the news: www.bbc.co.uk

Follow the Geography department on Twitter @LC_Geography to get see all the most recent related articles to Geography.

Lots of visual clips to aid understanding can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/topics/secondary.shtml#geography

 

Page updated Sept 2016