Geography

Staff

Name
Miss A Turley – Head of Department

About Geography

In Year 7 Geography is taught as part of the Integrated Curriculum and then in Year 8 pupils are taught in dedicated Geography classes.

In Year 8 pupils investigate river processes and features. This is followed by developing case study analysis skills, through researching flood events in both MEDCs and LED Pupils study the hazards associated with plate margins, along with how humans react to tectonic events. Case study analysis allows students to investigate how rich and poor countries cope and respond to earthquakes. Students then work on their evaluation skills, as well as developing the quality and content of extended written answers.

Year 9 pupils investigate the extreme environment of Antarctica. Students develop their knowledge of the ecosystem by first looking at the Antarctic food chain and climate. There is particular emphasis on the fragile nature of this ecosystem, and how a sustainable approach is essential with regards to development. Pupils investigate how and why we have become increasingly interdependent as a global society. The factors that have contributed to globalisation are analysed. Case study work focuses on the impacts of multinational companies on developing countries.

At GCSE, in Year 10, pupils study the topics of Rivers, Tectonic Studies, Climatic Change, Population Change, Development and Interdependence. In Year 11 learners study three optional modules:

  • Our Changing Coastline
  • Weather and Climate
  • Tourism

Throughout the GCSE course pupils study ‘Living in an active zone’. The hazards associated with plate margins are investigated, along with how humans react to tectonic events. Case study analysis allows students to work on their evaluation skills, as well as developing the quality and content of extended written answers. Coastal processes and landforms are investigated so that students are able to confidently identify and explain the formation of coastal features. Coastal management case study analysis develops the investigation and research skills of students, as well as encouraging independent thinking and decision-making.

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