Geography 

Curriculum Intent:

  • To develop students geographical knowledge of people, places and our planet
  • To develop students ability to use and apply geographical skills
  • To give students the opportunity to apply their geographical knowledge and understanding
  • To give students the opportunity to make decisions and construct arguments backed up by appropriate evidence.
  • To provide opportunities for all students to perform to the best of their ability (Stretch and Challenge)
  • To ensure the curriculum meets the needs of all individuals (Differentiation)
  • To develop a sense of wonder of our planet and to break down misconceptions of people and places
  • To develop teaching and learning strategies to maximise student progress
  • Experience fieldwork to deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • Department Staff and Roles:

    • Joseph Brennan: Subject Leader
    • Donna Welsh: Teacher of Geography / PPC Year 8
    • Amy Armstrong: Teacher of Geography / Assistant PPC Key Stage 4
    • Laura McNeil: Teacher of Humanities
    • Mike Webb : Humanities teaching assistant 

    Year 7

    Term 1: Introduction to map skills and fantastic places: These units introduce students to all the essentials they need to study geography as well as learning about some of the fantastic places on our planet.

    Term 2: Geography in the news and extreme environments: Students learn about some of the issues currently affecting our planet as well as some of the extreme environments on our planet.

    Term 3: Coasts and urban issues: Students learn about the coastal zone, the processes and landforms within as well as managing the coastline. Students then begin the study the challenges that our planets urban areas face.

    Year 8

    Term 1: Africa and rivers: Students learn about the continent of Africa and the diversity found in that part of the world. We then begin a unit on rivers where students study the processes, landforms and change found in this type of environment.

    Term 2: Weather, climate, and fragile earth: Students study weather and climate including how our weather and climate are constantly changing and will continue to change in the future. We then learn about our planets fragile areas and what can be done to manage them.

    Term 3: Uneven development and the geography of fashion and sport: During this term, we teach about the huge variation in development found across our planet and how the fashion and sport industries have their own unique geographies

    Year 9

    Term 1: Tectonic and atmospheric hazards: At times, our planet can be extremely dangerous. During this, unit students develop an understanding of how tectonic & atmospheric hazards can affect both the natural and human environment.

    Term 2: Living world & population: Students study the world’s ecosystems and the variation and biodiversity found within them. We then learn about population, how the world’s population is increasing and the problems this brings.

    Term 3: Development solutions & resources: Students conclude their key stage 3 geography studies by learning about solutions to our planets huge development gap as well as the opportunities and challenges posed by the water, food and energy industries.

    GCSE Geography (AQA)

    Students follow the AQA specification for Geography at Key Stage 4. When studying Geography in year 10 and 11 students will cover the following topics:

    Paper 1 – Living with the Physical Environment

    The Challenge of Natural Hazards:

    This part of the specification focuses on what are natural hazards, the physical processes occurring at plate boundaries, effects and responses to earthquakes and living with the risk and attempting to reduce it. This section also includes content on weather hazards and more specifically tropical storms and flooding. We finally move onto climate change, the evidence for it, what causes and what we can do to manage it.

    The Living World: In this part of the specification we study ecosystems with a focus on global ecosystems before we go into greater detail in relation to tropical rainforests. When studying tropical rainforests we look into the characteristics of them, deforestation and sustainable management of the rainforest. Our optional section of this unit is hot deserts. This covers the characteristics of deserts, the opportunities and challenges of them and the issue of desertification.

    Physical Landscapes in the UK:In the final part of paper 1 we study the UK’s relief and landscapes. We do this through coasts and rivers landscapes. In each of these units we focus on the processes occurring in each of the environments, the landforms resulting from erosion, transportation and deposition and then the management of these environments.

    Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment

    Urban Issues and Challenges:In the first part of paper 2 we study the urban world, the emergence of megacities and the social and economic challenges facing developing cities in the world. We then move onto urban change within the UK and how these environments create both opportunities and challenges and issues such as social inequality, housing, waste, regeneration and sustainability.

    The Changing Economic World:In this area we focus on the development gap, population and uneven development on our planet. This links to wealth and health, migration aid, debt relief and tourism. We then move onto newly emerging economies, transnational corporations and environmental issues. This section finishes with a look into the UK economy, science and technology, transport and the UK in the wider world.

    The Challenge of Resource Management:The final part of paper 2 is the issues of resource management including food, water and energy. We choose to opt for a greater study of food which focuses on its supply, food insecurity and sustainable food production.

    Paper 3 – Geographical Applications and skills

    The third paper in GCSE Geography includes questions on an issue evaluation and fieldwork as well as skills based questions. In this section students receive a pre-release booklet 12 weeks before the exam which they study and investigate before being examined on it during the Summer exam series. Students are taught to identify, understand and appreciate the interrelationship between the different aspects of geography. This is tested through a critical thinking and problem solving based task on a current issue. Furthermore students are tested on two fieldwork trips completed during their course with one being a physical and one being a human study. Geographical skills e.g. cartographic, numerical, statistical and data skills are tested on this paper as well as papers 1 and 2.

    A-LEVEL Geography: AQA Year 12

    Hazards – This unit focuses on the atmosphere and lithosphere, which regularly present hazards to our populations. We explore the origin and nature of these hazards and the various ways in which people respond to them.

    Changing Places – In this topic, we focus on the concept of place, which is a key term in the study of geography. Place can be seen as a definite location on a map or it may refer to the description of the human and physical characteristics of an area.

    Coastal systems & landscapes – In this part of the course we study the concept of coasts as natural systems, dynamic environments that have distinctive landforms formed by various processes. Coasts are important to the human population and we investigate the management and sustainable approaches to managing them.

    Year 13

    Water and Carbon cycles – Water and carbon cycles is a unique topic, which focuses on a systems framework and its application to geography. This is done by looking in detail at both the water and carbon cycles and their links to climate and life on Earth.

    Population and the environment – The part of the A level course focuses on the relationships between the physical and human environment. It investigates climate, soils and food production systems as well as food security, human health and natural and migration population change. To end we look at global population futures and varying scenarios that might arise.

    Global Systems & Global Governance – This human geography topic teaches students about globalisation, global systems and international trade and access to markets. This is particularly relevant in today’s changing world. It continues to look at global governance and the protection of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

    NEA –Students undertake four days of fieldwork at key stage 5. During these days you will investigate both human and physical geography. This culminates in an individual investigation that demonstrates knowledge, skills and understanding of your own field data.

    Department Courses: Online AQA training: Preparing for new specifications at key stage 4 & 5, Subject network meetings delivered by School Improvement Liverpool, Subject network meeting delivered by Archdiocese, Teaching Leaders.

    Exam Board: AQA (GCSE) AQA (A-Level)

    Useful Links
    BBC Bitesize Geography: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zkw76sg

    BBC News: Science & the environment:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment

    S-Cool Geography: https://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography

    Extra-Curricular: Humanities Club for accessible for all key stage 3 students

    Bay of Naples trip: Key Stage 4

    Revision sessions weekly for key stage 4 & 5 students