Head of Department: Mrs. L Matthew
The department feels that Geographical education is a vital part of the curriculum, which ensures that students can investigate issues and pose and answer questions about the natural and human worlds. Geography also aims to inspire students to think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Developing a wide range of Geographical and transferable skills is a key focus throughout.
KS3 Units of Study
- Extreme Environments
- The Geography of 'my stuff'
- Going Places (Map Skills)
- Rivers and Flooding
- Fieldwork Enquiry
- Who wants to be a billionaire?
- Hazards (earthquakes and volcanoes)
In both years each unit has its own assessment or test. The format of these assesments vary and include extended writing, decision making tasks, annotated sketches and posters. The 'rivers and flooding' unit is tested on the Year 7 Humanities exam.
Core/Option: Option (Ebacc)
Units & Weighting:
AQA new specification (studied by current Y9)
- Living with the physical environment (35%) 90 minute exam
Challenge of natural hazards (weather & climate, tectonic hazards), physical landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers) and the living world (Ecosystems, tropical rainforests, hot deserts or cold environments).
- Challenges in the human environment (35%) 90 minute exam
Urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management.
- Geographical application (30%) 60 minute exam
Fieldwork based on pre-release material.
Edexcel Legacy specification (Studied by current Y10 & 11)
- Unit 1 - Geographical skills and challenges (25%)
- Unit 2 - The Physical Environment (25%)
Coastal landscapes, River landscapes, Tectonic landscapes and a Wasteful World.
- Unit 3 - Human Landscapes (25%)
Population change, Settlement change, Economic change, A Tourist's World.
- Unit 4 - Controlled Assessment (25%)
- Year 8 'Earth as Art' project
- Year 9 Italy trip