Geography

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Geography explores the relationship between the earth and the people who inhabit it. It studies physical processes and human interactions at a range of scales from local to global.

Big geographical questions are a central part of the students learning:

  • Why do people live where they do?
  • How is the earth changing?
  • Why are some countries richer than others?
  • Why do people live in hazard zones?
  • How can we reduce global warming?

Geography teaches students to enquire about the world around them and helps them to make sense of the earth and its processes.

Over the course of Key Stage 3 pupil will study:

  • Making Connections
  • Exploring Brazil
  • Map Skills
  • Tourism
  • Rivers
  • Weather and Climate
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Population and Development
  • Geography of Sport

Pupils will also have opportunity to take part in field visits to develop skills of field work, a core element of the subject. In Year 7 we carry out a Humanities Field visit to Durham and in Year 9 all our students carry out a local area investigation in which they decide upon the best route for a local road race.

  • Pupils in Key Stage 3 receive 4 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight
  • Pupils in Key Stage 4 receive 5 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight

At KS4 pupils study AQA B syllabus for Geography GCSE. Students will sit two exams of 1 hour 30 minutes, each worth 37.5% of the full GCSE. Both these exams will be taken in the summer term of Year 11. Controlled Assessment is worth 25% of the grade. Controlled Assessment for 25% of the pupil's final grade. The GCSE course deals with 3 Unit Examinations each of which consists of a one hour final examination.

  • Unit 1: Managing Changes in the 21st Century
  • Unit 2: Living with Natural Hazards
  • Unit 3: Investigating the Shrinking World
  • Unit 4: Controlled Assessment

The Geography staff are:

  • Mrs J Nixon (Curriculum Leader)
  • Mr T Whittock (Geography and Head of Year)
  • Ms L Brown
  • Mr A Purvis
  • Mr G Scott