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Geography

Staff within the Department

Ms C. Martin – Head of Geography          

BA Geography (Hons) - Accredited SSAT Lead Practitioner.

Ms E. Appleby – Teacher of Geography

BSc Geography (Hons)

Ms A. Parker – Teacher of Geography

BSc Geography (Hons)

The saying ‘Without geography, you are nowhere!’ couldn’t be more true.

At Ellen Wilkinson we aim to get students exploring the world they live in by covering a range of topics and linking these to everyday life, current affairs, scientific and geographical theory. Geography is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 and is an optional EBacc subject for GCSE. We also offer ‘A’ level Geography.

Curriculum

KS3

During KS3, students will cover a broad range of topics according to the National Curriculum.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Passport to the world (an introduction to Geography) including a Russia and China country study.

Map skills.

Population – including China and UK country studies.

Settlement/Urbanisation including a local fieldwork enquiry.

Weather and Climate plus a microclimate enquiry.

Resources and the environment (including a look at Antarctica) 

Year 8

A regional study of the Middle East.

International Development – an introduction, including a comparison of a region in Africa and India. 

Tectonic Hazards – earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

 

Coasts - including seas and oceans.

Rivers including a study of a world river system.

 

Economic Activity – including trade, industry and an introduction to globalisation.

 

Activities to do at home

Take a look at the BBC KS3 Bitesize web site to get an idea about some of the topics you will be studying when you join us:

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography

Always check news websites to find out about latest natural disasters and weather events, as well as interesting geographical stories on migration and globalisation.

www.bbc.co.uk/news

www.metoffice.gov.uk/

www.rgs.org

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/

 

KS4

Key stage 4 students will be sitting the AQA Geography specification (8035) for GCSE.

Please visit AQA’s website for more information www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

Physical landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers of the UK – how they are formed and managed. We also study several case studies and named examples).

Physical landscapes in the UK.

 

Urban issues and challenges (social, economic and environmental challenges and opportunities in cities in the UK as well as those in LICs and NEEs).

Urban issues and challenges.

Year 10

The Challenge of Natural Hazards (in depth study of tectonic hazards and the impacts surrounding these, as well as the hazards created by climate change).

The Changing Economic World (looking at the differing levels of development in HICs, NEEs and LICs and how differences in wealth can affect people’s lives).

Fieldwork enquiry – one human geography element and one physical human geography element.

Year 11

The Living World (ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot desert systems).

Resource management (including a unit on water deficits around the world and how people are trying to combat that).

Issue Evaluation (based on a pre-release booklet from AQA – could be related to any part of the specification).

Revision.

 

Activities to do at home

Keep abreast of current affairs and geographical issues by reading newspapers and visiting news websites. Watch documentaries (ask your teachers for advice and recommendations). Read non-fiction books related to the subject (again, ask for recommendations). Research detailed case studies and examples.

Visit the following website to help extend your knowledge:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc (AQA specific)

All key stage 4 students will have access to Kerboodle (an online version of the GCSE textbook) so that they can study and revise at home. Year 11s will also have access to the PiXL app to help test their knowledge.

 

KS5

At key stage 5 we follow the AQA Geography ‘A’ level specification (7037). The course covers an equal amount of physical and human geography units in order for students to gain a balanced perspective of the world around us. More information about the course can be found at: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Water and Carbon Cycles

 

Changing Places

Changing Places

 

Global systems and governance

 

Hazards (tectonic, weather and wildfire hazards).

Geographical fieldwork investigation and skills (students will start to plan their independent investigation).

Year 13

Hazards (tectonic, weather and wildfire hazards).

Coastal systems and landscapes

Completing NEA (independent investigation).

Population and the environment.

 Revision

 

 

Activities to do at home

Keep abreast of current affairs and geographical issues by reading newspapers and visiting news websites. Watch documentaries (ask your teachers for advice and recommendations). Read non-fiction books related to the subject (again, ask for recommendations). Research detailed case studies and examples.

 

Enrichment Activities and Trips

Fieldwork is a vital part of Geography and every key stage has the opportunity to hone vital geographical skills through fieldwork enquiries.

KS3: Microclimate and shopping enquiries. 

KS3: ‘The Geog Squad’ – a club where year 7 and 8 students can have fun and learn about what’s happening in the world around them.

KS4: Physical and human fieldwork day (e.g. day trip to study the River Chess and the town of Chesham). 

KS4: Drop In Club where Year 11 students can come and ask for help with work and revision.

KS5: residential trip to a Field Study Centre in Year 12.

KS5: One day study skills conference.

 

Career Paths

Geography is a subject that opens many career paths for you. Below are a few examples:

Cartographer

Geologist

Oceanographer

Town Planner

Weather forecaster

Foreign/travel correspondent

Navigator

Pilot

Travel Agent

Zoologist

Civil Engineer

Air Traffic Controller

Countryside Ranger

Hydrologic Surveyor

Landscape Architect

Land Surveyor

Geography Teacher

Environmental Health Officer

Airline Cabin Crew

Archaeologist