Geography is a subject that is enjoyed and studied by all students at Key Stage 3 and is a popular option at Key Stage 4. So many of the world’s current issues – on a global scale and locally – boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. We are lucky to have 3 Geographers, who are subject specialists, promoting current issues at all levels.
In Key Stage 3 pupils study Geography for four lessons a fortnight, and across the key stage we cover a range of topics.
In Year 7, students begin the year with a Map Skills unit, this introduces key skills that will be revisited throughout both key stages. This is then followed by Cocoa Production and Ghana, where students learn about the life of cocoa farmers. Exploring Britain is next, and apart from learning about what makes us British, and the identity of each country, students re write the National Anthem. Fantastic Places is the theme of the next unit and visits places from Svalbard to Death Valley. The final 2 units, completed in the summer term, embrace the Olympics in Rio, Brazil for 2016 and the widely debated issue of Climate Change.
In Year 8, China is the first unit covered, and students complete a variety of tasks from chloropleth mapping to debates about working conditions in Chinese factories. Following on from China, is Extreme Weather. Apart from basic weather information and measurements, both tornadoes and hurricanes are included. The ever exciting topic of Natural Hazards comes next and is followed by Africa, Stoke-on-Trent and Globalisation.
Year 9, although the start of their options, has introductory topics of Impossible Places, India, Waste and Sustainability to lead into their GCSE units.
When pupils choose their options in Y8, we offer the following qualifications:
- GCSE Geography
- BTEC National Travel & Tourism
This course follows the AQA A Specification and there are 3 units.
Challenge of Natural Hazards
Tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK, climate change.
The Living World
Local ecosystems, tropical rainforests, one from hot deserts and cold environments.
Physical Landscapes in the UK
Two from coastal, river, glacial landscapes.
Global patterns, two contrasting cities, sustainable urban futures.
The Changing Economic World
Global patterns, closing the development gap, contrasting studies of economic development.
The Challenge of Resource Management
Overview of resources in the UK, global resource security-one from food, water, energy.
Two fieldwork enquiries, contrasting environments, physical and human geography, enquiry process.
BTEC National Travel & Tourism
- Units offered include:
- Investigating the travel and tourism sector
- The UK as a destination
- Customer service
- European and long-haul destinations
- Retail and business travel