Geography

Acting Head of Faculty: Mr S Leonard
Teaching Staff: Mrs A Helyar
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

“We all live our lives geographically. Planet Earth is our home. It is awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever changing. Studying geography invites us to participate more fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world. It draws on personal experience, to help us better understand the places we live in, why they matter and how they are connected to a globalised world. Geography draws from across the physical, cultural, economic and political spheres to illuminate key issues for the present and the future, explored at all scales from the personal to the local and the global.

Through geography we learn to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures.

Geography is therefore a vital subject resource for 21st century global citizens, enabling us to face questions of what it means to live sustainably in an interdependent world. Geography helps us investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of places, and different views and feelings relating to places. Geography is studied through enquiry, this requires the formulation of effective questions. Fieldwork and outdoor education are essential to geography. The subject helps develop significant elements of the skills framework, with a strong emphasis on utilising maps and visual images as well as new technologies including Geographical Information. These transferable geographical skills help to equip us for lifelong learning as responsible global citizens.”

Geographical Association April 2007

For further information about this course, please email the Acting Head of Faculty, Mr S Leonard
or telephone him on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Schemes of work will cover the following:

Year 7

Term 1
Introduction to Geography settlement and map skills
Term 2

It’s our planet

Terms 3
Your Island Home: The UK
Terms 4
From source to mouth: A rivers journey

Term 5
Amazing Africa
Term 6
In the horn of Africa

Year 8

Term 1
The Coastal Zone
Term 2
Weather and Climate

Term 3
Our Changing Climate
Term 4
Making Money

Term 5
Digging Deep: Rocks, weathering and soils
Term 6
Asia and The Middle East: A Closer Look


Year 9

Term 1 and 2
Divided world

Terms 3
The Restless Earth
Term 4
7 Billion and counting: Population Change

Term 5
Investigating Glaciers
Term 6
Into Russia


Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: AQAGCSE Geography(8035)
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Schemes of work will cover the following:

Year 10

Term 1
Natural hazards
Term 2
Changing economic world

Term 3
Physical landscapes of the UK
Term 4
Physical landscapes of the UK
Urban issues and challenges

Term 5
Urban issues and challenges
Term 6
Fieldwork planning, preparation and write-up


Year 11

Term 1 and 2
Ecosystems

Terms 3
The challenge of resource management
Term 4
Geographical skills

Term 5
Pre-released material preparation and revision
Term 6
Examinations


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) taught at The New Sixth

There are currently two courses running simultaneously due to the introduction of the new A level Geography curriculum in September 2016. Please see below for details of the two courses.

Course beginning 2016
Course Code: AQA A-Level Geography:7037
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

Students who take this course:
The two year course will excite minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills. It is a real mix of human, physical and environmental geography. The specification supports and enhances students’ learning from many GCSE courses in geography. Students with an interest in people, the natural environment and world cities will really enjoy this current and very relevant A level. It is preferable that students have a grade B or higher in Geography GCSE. In exceptional circumstances, other candidates will be considered.

Course Description:
The course looks at a broad spectrum of modern geographical topics. It explores the relationship between people and the built and natural environments and issues facing the world today – such as population growth and the impact of natural hazards on people around the world. There is a real balance between studying the natural and physical world, as well as the inclusion of independent geographical research and skill development.

Year 12 (to include a compulsory residential field visit to Devon):

Water and Carbon Cycles
Hazards
Global Systems and Global Governance

Year 13 (to include a compulsory residential field visit to South Wales):

Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Changing Places
Population and the Environment

Course beginning 2015
Course Code: A Level Geography Edexcel: 8GE01
Exam Board Specification: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/geography/Pages/default.aspx

The course looks at a broad spectrum of modern geographical topics. It explores the relationship between people and the built and natural environments, as well as issues facing the world today – such as population growth and the impact of natural hazards on people around the world. There is a real balance between studying the natural and physical world, as well as the inclusion of independent geographical research and skill development.

AS Geography
Unit 1: Global Challenges
Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

A2 Geography
Unit 3: Contested Planet
Unit 4: Geographical Research: Students will study option 1 – Tectonic Activity and Hazards.


Geography Fieldwork Opportunities at Key Stage 5

Year 12:
A 5-day residential visit to Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre (fieldwork is compulsory for unit 2 in AS Geography).
A study skills day at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Day lectures and workshops at Bath University (Climate Change) and UWE (Coastal Management, natural hazards and population change).

For more information on A Level Geography, click here.