“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin
Geography is a fascinating subject that helps young people to understand their place in a rapidly changing world. In the department we aim to help students develop an understanding of the interplay between the physical and human factors that influence the environment. This enables students to develop critical thinking skills and an awareness of the need to take responsibility for their actions. It also promotes a sense of place and an appreciation of diversity of culture and experience.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students study a variety of topics that deal with the physical processes that shape our planet, as well as the impact of human activity on the environment. The development of key skills, such as decision making, enquiry, research and analysis, is an integral part of the Geography course at this stage. Students are also made aware of how they are linked to other people and places.
In year 7, students will: –
- Develop and utilise ICT, research and map work skills
- Investigate the geography of the UK and their local area
- Study river processes
- Carry out an investigation into flooding in Bangladesh
In Year 8:-
- Climates & coasts are the main physical topics studied
- Global dimension is introduced by investigations into migration, the geography of football and an in-depth study of Brazil
In Year 9: –
- The topic of ‘Wild World’ examines the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes
- The impact of human activity on ecosystems, such as rainforests is covered
- Topical issues are studied to help give students insight into how their own actions can affect people and places in other parts of the world; areas covered include global warming and rich world/poor world.
Key Stage 4
Geography remains a popular choice at GCSE and the specification followed is OCR A. This is an engaging, up to date course that builds on and extends the knowledge and skills gained during Key Stage 3. The GCSE course is split into four sections: –
- Extreme environments, which looks at deserts and mountains, or polar environments
- You as a Global Citizen – the impact of our decisions, this encompasses two controlled assessment tasks (an investigation into how consumer decisions may have a positive or negative impact on people and an investigation into a local retail area)
- Similarities & Differences, which consists of a study of two locations, one in the UK and another elsewhere
- Issues in our fast changing world, which deals with topical issues such as population change and natural disasters.
Throughout the GCSE course, ICT, enquiry and decision making skills are developed through work carried out in lessons and during field work.
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Homework plays a part in encouraging students to take ownership of their learning and therefore helps them to develop the skills to become independent and lifelong learners.
The Geography department sets homework in accordance with the school’s homework policy: a minimum of two pieces of homework per half term at Key stage 3 and a minimum of one piece of homework per fortnight at Key Stage 4.
There are a variety of homework tasks set at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The aim is to consolidate and extend the learning of students by providing tasks that can be effectively carried out beyond the confines of the classroom. Some homework may take the form of extended projects which enable students to show creativity, research skills and also to give them practice in managing their time. Other tasks may be more focussed on consolidating and utilising material learnt in class and also to prepare for future lessons. Revision and preparing for tests might also be carried out at home. At Key stage 4 there is an emphasis on revising, practising and preparing for GCSE style examination questions. In the majority of cases these questions are taken from past GCSE examination papers and the aim is to ensure that students are thoroughly prepared for their external examinations in Year 11.
Homework is marked in line with the school’s homework and assessment policies.
Please refer to the school’s homework policy for how missing homework is followed up.
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