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Geography

The geography curriculum reflects our rapidly-changing world and includes examples relevant to the 21st Century and to students’ own lives. The topics cover a variety of scales, from local and regional to international and global.  Geography tackles the big issues – climate change, sustainable development, waste and energy and a range of aspects of both physical and human geography.  Students will develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students learn about a range of topics that develop their understanding of the world in which we live.  Students have 2 lessons of Geography per week in Key Stage 3.

Y7

Geography Passport to the world

Newfield Fieldwork enquiry

Tourism

Microclimates

India and Development

Sustainability

Y8

How are we linked to Africa?

Tectonics

Global Populations

Risky World

Survival

South Africa

Y9

Brazil and ecosystems

The Middle East

Rivers

China

Coasts

Key Stage 4

Geography is a popular option at Key Stage 4.  Students have 3 lessons of Geography at Key Stage 4.  We prepare students for the Pearson (formerly Edexcel) GCSE Specification A for current Year 11 (2016-17).  However, we are moving to AQA Geography for the current Year 10 as a part of the UK government’s reforms to GCSE qualifications.

Further information on both specifications can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html and http://www.aqa.org.uk/

Year 11 (2016-17)

The topics covered are split in to 3 examinations and 1 Controlled Assessment (a fieldwork investigation in to Castleton):

  • Unit 1 – Geographical skills
  • Unit 1 – Challenges to our planet
  • Unit 2 – Coasts
  • Unit 2 – Rivers
  • Unit 2 – Tectonics
  • Unit 2 – Wasteful World
  • Unit 3 – Economic Change
  • Unit 3 – Population Change
  • Unit 3 – Settlement Change
  • Unit 3 – A Tourist’s World

Year 10 (2016-18)

The topics covered are split in to 3 examinations which incorporate the following content as well as essential geographical and cartographical skills:

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

Section B: The living world

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Section B: The changing economic world

Section C: The challenge of resource management

Unit 3: Geographical applications

Section A: Issue evaluation

Section B: Fieldwork Geographical skills

Extra-curricular activities

The geography department is intent on offering a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities in 2016-17 across all year groups:

Year 7 – Educational visit to Blackpool (for our ‘Tourism’ unit).

Year 8 - Educational visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (for ‘Survival’ unit).

Year 9 – Educational visit to the Holderness Coastline (for our ‘Coasts’ unit).

Year 10 – A range of visits to compliment the new GCSE requirements.

Year 11 – Educational visit to Castleton (as a part of GCSE controlled assessment).