Geography

Staff Quote

Subject Leader

Jamie Moorfoot




Teachers

Victoria Wakefield

 

Lisa Wood


Bethan Griffiths

“Geography is life. It is inconceivable to conceive of a rounded human being that has not grasped the fundamentals of geography.”
- Film Director & Chair of GTC


“Simply put, geography is our future. When we look at any issue with the balance and scrutiny that geographical study offers, we move beyond the media hype or political spin. Geography allows us to see the world more clearly.”
- Tom Biebrach


“Geography brings us all down to Earth. It gives other subjects a sense of place. We create our geography, and yet we are affected by geography. Geography, it's a world thing. ”
- Terry Portch


Geography matters - the planet will still be here when the politicians are long gone.
- Ken Grocott

Geography is important because without it we will never overcome the serious global issues that we face today - and tomorrow. Geography knowledge is POWER!
- Simon Beevers


Why study Geography?

"GEOGRAPHY MAKES SENSE OF THE WORLD"

  • Rainforests are under threat - What will happen to our climate if they are destroyed?
  • Tourism is big business - What effect does it have on the environment?
  • 80% of us live in urban areas - How can we influence planning decisions?
  • Natural forces are immensely powerful - Why do these events happen in some places and not others?
  • The big picture - How can images from space help us plan for now? And the future?

It will enable you to learn and develop a number of skills that will be useful in the future, such as:
 
 
 
 Global Citizenship
 Environmental Awareness
 How to read and interpret various types of maps
 

"No other subject covers major issues being talked about TODAY"

  • The impacts of modern lifestyles on people elsewhere
  • Migration into the U.K.
  • Global Warming & Climate Change

"GEOGRAPHY IS PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES, SO COME AND DISCOVER THE WORLD AROUND YOU"

Aims/ objectives

In Geography we aim to:
  • Provide opportunities through learning for first hand investigation of places, environments and human behaviour.
  • Build a knowledge and understanding of current events from local to global.
  • Develop skills for the future, including numeracy, literacy, ICT, problem solving, team work, thinking skills and enquiry.
  • Value your views when making decisions about difficult issues.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - My World, Dry World, On my doorstep, Dangerous cities, Land’s end, Fragile World
Year 8 - World on the move, Atmospheric World, Shifting World, Submerged World, Tropical World



Key Stage 4 - Edexcel 'B' GCSE Geography

In year 8, students can opt to take a GCSE Geography qualification over two years during years 9, 10 and 11.


HOW IS THE COURSE BROKEN DOWN?

  • 2 Terminal Examinations - 50% - June Year 10 or 11 - Dynamic Planet (25%), People and the Planet (25%)
  • Decision Making Exam - 25% - June Year 10 or 11
  • Geographical Enquiry - 25% - At an identified point during the course

WHAT IS GEOGRAPHICAL ENQUIRY?

  • A written assessment about a major piece of fieldwork.
  • A bit like coursework used to be – but completed over a series of lessons in school, in controlled examination conditions using a range of ICT applications.

WHAT IS THE DECISION MAKING EXAM?

  • This is an examination that is based on a current geographical issue. Questions are all based on a Resource Booklet that you are allowed to work with during the examination.



Key Stage 5 - AQA AS and A2 Geography

In the sixth form students have the option of studying AS/A2 Geography.

AS GEOGRAPHY

  • PHYSICAL - Rivers, Floods & Management / Cold Environments
  • HUMAN - Population Change / Energy Issues
  • + GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS (A week long Residential fieldtrip)

A2 GEOGRAPHY

  • PHYSICAL - Tectonic Hazards / Weather & Climate
  • HUMAN - World Cities / Development & Globalisation
  • + ISSUES BASED EXAMINATION (January)