Geography

Head of Faculty: Miss A Boys
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 Head of Faculty, Miss A Boys
or telephone her on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Schemes of work will cover the following:

 

Year 7

Year 7 study Geography through a Humanities carousel system alongside History and R.E. As a result, they cover four Geography modules over the course of the year, each comprising of between 10-12 lessons and concluding with an assessment.

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4
Our Island Home

An introduction to Geography.

 

This unit covers, How humans have ‘carved up’ the British Isles, our weather, who we are, where we live and how we are doing economically.

 

 

 

A view from above-

This unit covers all aspects of Ordnance Survey map skills: direction, distance, scale, map symbols, grid references, and height on a map.

 

We then go on to look at the water cycle and the work of rivers – River erosion, transportation and deposition.

 

Amazing Africa

This unit covers where Africa is and what it is like. We will look at Africa’s history, Africa today, Africa’s countries, Africa’s population distribution, Africa’s physical feature and Africa’s biomes.

 

It’s your planet!

In this unit we will cover Earths history, how life on earth developed, Earths story, Our time on Earth, Our place on earth, our changing Earth.

 

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

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