Geography

Teacher:  Mr Hogan and Mr Tear

The subject of Geography helps students to make sense of the world they live in, of what they hear and see, and of what they read about in the world in their everyday lives. Through a mix of local, national and global studies students are encouraged to have an informed and lively interest in contemporary issues and the geographical context in which they occur.

Students are encouraged to work independently and in groups using a wide range of resources to develop skills and tackle what are often real world problems and issues. The Humanities team work together to ensure that students undertake lively, relevant and wide-ranging learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. As a result the department works closely with both the History and Religious Studies departments to share ideas, approaches and good practice.

The aims of the department are:

  • to develop in students a knowledge and understanding of where they live, of other people and places and how they interrelate
  • to acquaint students with a sense of place and to help them understand spatial patterns at local, national and global scales
  • to develop within students an understanding of the relationships between people and the environment and the consequences of their actions
  • for students to appreciate the diversity of human society throughout the world
  • to provide a vehicle to help pupils develop both geographic and transferable key skills


Key Stage 3

The course provides for a balance and variety in each year as students’ progress through Key Stage 3. Units of work focuses on students’ home area, the United Kingdom, the European Union and parts of the wider world in contrasting states of development. Some units are theme-focused whilst others are more place-specific. All are designed to allow students to develop their enquiry skills.

At Key Stage 3 students gain an understanding of both physical and human geography. Lessons engage students through using a wide range of learning styles and skills. At Key Stage 3 topics and themes taught are in line with the new Curriculum and help to develop the skills and content needed for pupils to use when studying the new KS4 curriculum.

Topics covered in Key Stage 3

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Key Stage 4

The specification followed at KS4 is GCSE Geography A.

For those choosing to follow it, GCSE Geography allows students to address geographical themes and issues at local, regional, national and global scales. These are studied in the context of the specified areas of the UK, the European Union and the Wider World.

Aims of GCSE Geography A:

  • To encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors.
  • To prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Learning Outcomes of GCSE Geography A:

  • To actively engage in the process of geography and to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • To develop student’s knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world.
  • To develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global.

Topics studied:

  • The Restless Earth
  • Water on the Land
  • The Coastal Zone
  • Population
  • Development
  • Tourism

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In Geography, we consider the world outside the classroom as our ‘laboratory’. Therefore we seek opportunities for students in both key stages to work out of school in order to gain first-hand experience of ‘real-life’ geography. Students will have the opportunity to carry out two field work based projects that contribute towards their GCSE qualification.