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

Our GCSE students 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.

 

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

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

Our A-level 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

 

 

Page updated Sept 2017