‘Without Geography you are nowhere.’ Michael Palin
In geography we study relationships between people and the environments in which they live and work. We also try to understand and explain our world in the past, now and to anticipate its future.
‘The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It is understanding the complexities of our World.’- Barack Obama.
Year 7 Outline:
Maps and Mapskills- Students learn a range of mapping skills from scale, grid references, contours, symbols, distance and directions. They will use these skills by looking at OS maps of the local area and digital mapping techniques like GIS.
Settlement- Students look at a range of settlement types from hamlets to megacities. They also look at landuse models which show ways in which cities are likely to grow. Students study the changes that are happening to settlements and the impact this has on people’s lives and the environment.
Economic Activities- Students explore the world of work, its changes over time and reasons behind these changes. They look at how a country uses the revenue to develop, invest in the country and build economic relationships with other countries.
Environmental Issues- Students look at the local environment using many of the mapping skills they have learned. They explore the advantages and disadvantages of the Broads and the impact this has had on the local environment and how areas are protected and conserved for future generations. The use and abuse of resources and their alternatives. Also how this is going to impact their lives in the future.
Year 8 Outline:
Water and Ice- Students will look at the way that water moves around the Earth and the ways that this shapes our landscapes and lives. River, coastal and glacial processes and the formation of their landforms is explored. This is then extended to look at the impact these have on our lives and how they are managed.
Tectonics- Students study the formation of the Earth from the start of time. What processes are involved and how these shape our continents today. The formation of volcanoes, how earthquakes occur and how we deal with the hazard these natural forces bring.
Weather & Weathering- Students discover the difference between weather and climate. We explore the different elements of our daily weather and why they occur. They will also research how the weather shapes the land around us. Students will learn to read weather maps and predict weather patterns.
Year 9 Outline:
Year 9 start on the GCSE course- Edexcel Geography B. Geography covers a wide choice of topics reflecting the world we live in. There are key elements of both human and physical geography and skills future employers expect. The syllabus develops the students’ knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and how these relate to our changing world. Various environments are studied from local to global taking into account differing people’s views of the world, its environments, cultures and societies.
Development Dynamics- Students will gain an understanding of the scale of global inequality and how it can be reduced. Plus a depth study of how one emerging country is developing and the consequences for people, environment and the country’s relationship with the wider world.
The UKs Evolving Physical Landscape– Students gain an overview of the varied physical landscape in the UK resulting from geology, geomorphic processes and human activity over time. Plus two depth studies of distinctive landscapes-
Coastal change and conflict. Why there is a variety of distinctive coastal landscapes in the UK and what
processes shape them to the challenges and conflict of managing coastlines.
River processes and pressures. Why there is a variety of river landscapes in the UK and what
processes shape them to what are the challenges for river landscapes, people & property and how they can be managed.
Challenges of an Urbanising World- Students will explore the causes and challenges of rapid urbanisation across the world. Plus one depth study of a megacity in a developing or emerging country.
Year 10 Outline:
Students continue studying the GCSE course and the following modules: -
The Hazardous Earth- Students gain an understanding of the global circulation of the atmosphere, why is the climate changing and how this can be hazardous for people. Plus two depth studies of an extreme weather hazard (Tropical Cyclone) and tectonic hazard at contrasting locations. What are the causes, impacts and management of these events?
The UKs Evolving Human Landscape- Students gain an overview of the changing & varied human landscape of the UK, including the socio-economic and political processes that influence it. Plus a case study of a major UK city- how and why it is changing and the impact it has on the surrounding area.
Geographical Investigations- students complete two investigations, including fieldwork and research carried out in two contrasting environments. One looks at a physical environment with coastal change and conflict and the other investigating a human environment with dynamic urban areas.
People and the Biosphere- Students gain knowledge & understanding of the global distribution and characteristics of large scale ecosystems, why the biosphere is important to human wellbeing and how humans use and modify it in order to obtain resources.
Year 11 Outline:
Forests under Threat- A detailed study of tropical rainforests and the taiga, looking at processes and interactions and issues related to their biodiversity and to their sustainable use and management. What are the threats to these biomes and how can they be reduced?
Consuming Energy Resources- A study of renewable and non-renewable energy, its supply and demand, access to energy security issues, its sustainable use and management. How can the growing demand for energy be met without serious environmental consequences?
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