Principal - Toby Eastaugh
Principal - Toby Eastaugh

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Geography

Curriculum Aim

Geography is knowledge, knowledge is power, therefore, Geography is POWER!

A high-quality geography education should inspire in students, curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We ensure we equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key processes. As students progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Key Stage 3 curriculum overview

Geography is a compulsory subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 – our aim is to grab the attention and wonder of these students! During this time, students will study a range of topics at a variety of scales covering areas of the world, some of which they have never even heard of. Pupils in Year 7 begin by looking at what Geography means and developing their map-reading skills.  We do this by instilling an understanding of ‘their space’ and what is around them. Later they broaden their horizons by studying both human and physical Geography such as Ecosystems and Settlement.  They finish the year completing their own local area enquiry. 

Year 8 begins by studying plate tectonics and at the development gap, looking at both the physical and human causes.  Moving forward they will study geology, glaciation, rivers, coasts and the oceans.

Year 9 begins with economic Geography, looking at the impact of world wide business. This is followed by a unit on Geographical Information Systems and then tectonic and weather hazards, ending the year looking at climate change and London as a mega city.

 

Why choose GCSE Geography?

Geography is one of the EBacc, option subjects at GCSE. Students will follow the AQA specification (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035)

The AQA GCSE programme covers areas such as living with the physical environment and the challenges of the human environment. Coastal unit is enhanced by fieldwork in Hornsea, and the urban issues and challenges unit is enhanced through fieldwork in the city of Leeds.

 

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, relevant and fun. Our GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions, which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes, which shape and change our world.

There are so many ways of learning in Geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role-play and debating techniques.

You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs. 

 

As with any Geography course, it is about using the skills we have been studying and we ensure that all year groups are taken out into the big wide world.  From looking at village layouts to understanding how the coast is constantly changing, we love getting outside!

So where do we go?

Year 7 is all about understanding how we live and gaining vital geographical skills. In the summer term we take the entire Year 7 cohort to Helmsley in the North Yorkshire Moors.  They are then given the opportunity to test out the theories they have learnt during the spring term…and may even get the chance to have a quick ice cream! Students also undertake field work in their local community learning how to complete geographical surveys, present their information and draw conclusions from it.

In Year 8 students study rivers and flooding. In conjunction with BAM students visit the flood defences along the Ings and complete a workshop on how the city is protected.

In Year 9 an optional residential field trip is offered to those students considering taking Geography at GCSE level. As part of their GCSE they will study London as a megacity and therefore we take students up to the capital to learn about gentrification, urban redevelopment and sustainable urban living over three days.

In Year 10 we are preparing students for the GCSE Paper 3 Skills Test.  Students visit Leeds to study inequality in housing and the development of the city centre. Students also visit Hornsea on the Holderness coast to see erosion and coastal defences in action. 

KS4 Geography Revision

www.memrise.com – Search the courses for VOYGEOG for all the key geographical terms and definitions.

Access the Geography Revision Google Classroom to find:

  • Articles to read
  • YouTube clips to watch
  • Command word practice
  • Links to readymade flashcards
  • PiXL independent Geography booklets to work through

 

          

 

Career destinations

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with Geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism and weather forecasting. By taking Geography to A-Level and degree level you will be a very employable young person.

“Geography prepares for the world of work – geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!”

Michael Palin

Useful websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg  BBC Bitesize GCSE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg  BBC Bitesize KS3

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/AQA%20GCSE.htm  Cool Geography

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography  Revision World

http://www.geography.org.uk/  Geographical Association

http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm  Royal Geographical Association

 

Keep in touch
Subject Lead for Geography is Ms Peters who can be contacted by email at j.peters@voy.hslt.academy

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