Geography

Geography Home Learning


Intent

The aim of the Geography curriculum is to open the doors to our dynamic world and prepare all our students for the role of global citizens in the 21st century. We want our students to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect. We firmly believe we deliver this through the range of topics studied.

In Year 7, Tectonic Hazards ignite students’ interest in the subject. They start to understand some of the physical processes that operate on our planet and the interaction between these and people. A study of India gives them an insight into a very different culture and an acceptance of different ways of life, as well as knowing how we are connected in an increasingly interdependent world.

With sustainability at the forefront of our geographical curriculum, Year 8 successfully develops students’ understanding of the complex, and often damaging, relationship between man and our planet, and how sustainability can be achieved. Their understanding is developed through an in-depth study of rainforests which develops their understanding of scale by considering local, national and global issues – a theme which runs throughout the GCSE and particularly the A-level course. This element of the course focuses on developing students’ skills in resolving issues around conflict, a skill that is continued into the Rivers and Flooding topic. They then study the challenges and opportunities in the Urban Environment of London. This not only gives them an understanding of place, which underpins their work on London at GCSE, but further extends their ability to critically analyse issues around conflict and form well developed arguments based on factual information, a key skill required in Geographical Applications at GCSE.

During Year 9, students encounter different societies and cultures though the topics of Population, Development and Global Fashion. Much of the content encourages students to think about their place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment, all of which are fundamental to the sustainable future development in our world. It also helps them understand how nations rely on each other and the importance of dynamic global relationships.  Again they develop an understanding of the many challenges we face within these topics but also the opportunities that can arise to improve people’s lives such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

The geographical understanding and skills developed throughout KS3 enable a smooth and confident transition into GCSE. The AQA syllabus studied gives students an equal balance of Physical and Human Geography, as well as a balance of traditional geography topics such as tectonic hazards, coasts and rivers to more diverse topics such as the economic developed of New Emerging Economies (NEEs) and resource management. A key focus of the syllabus is understanding the key opportunities and challenges facing the world further developing their understanding that has been firmly embedded at KS3. The course is more than just enabling students to gain an academic qualification but it allows them to become more sustainable global citizens, equipping them with the skills to address the issues affecting their lives. As teachers this is what we feel most passionately about.

The AQA course at A-level is also equally divided between Human and Physical Geography, and students’ synoptic skills are developed as they gain the ability to further draw the interaction between these two fundamental elements. The topics covered enhance some of their previous understanding including Coasts and Urban Environments, but also extend them with new topics such as Water and Carbon and Global Systems and Governance. The topics covered helps students to better understand the places we live in, why they matter, and how they are connected to a globalised world.

Implementation

Our curriculum is planned and sequenced to ensure that every lesson and resources are accessible to all learners. Teachers plan individual lessons to suit the particular requirements of their classes whilst following a structured and considered scheme of work devised in collaboration with all Geography teaching staff. This allows for a progression in the understanding and application of Geographical skills such as interpretation, analysis, evaluation and use of fieldwork.

Geography lessons provide opportunities for discussion and reflection to help students process a range of complex questions facing us today allowing them to increase their confidence in the study of Geography. Students are given opportunities to share their personal experiences of the world through the places they have lived or travelled to, or local places of geographical interest. They are also encouraged to discuss current geographical news to help them feel more confident in our ever changing and challenging world. Lessons are routinely complemented by case studies to provide context and deeper knowledge and understanding of the UK and the wider world. The curriculum also enables staff to demonstrate their own passion for geography and share and facilitate outstanding subject knowledge to our students.

The department has a clear understanding that geography is more than just learning in the classroom, and every opportunity is taken to bring geography alive through fieldwork and trips. Opportunities range from learning about the growth of London from the River Thames to undertaking coastal investigations as well as awe inspiring adventures to Iceland.

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. Rivers and Flooding
  3. London

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/

GCSE 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
Thebest 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:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/gcse-national-5-geography/zfd6gwx

https://timeforgeography.co.uk/

A-level 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:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/gcse-national-5-geography/zfd6gwx

Geography & Careers@Loreto

Want to find out more about Geography work skills, then check out this infographic poster, which can also be found on the Maths corridor.