The world is an exciting and fascinating place and Geography lessons will provide students with a window which to explore it and learn how it works. From weather systems and hazards, to slum living and energy use, there is so much to understand about the makeup of the world we live in. Geography lessons will take students outside to understand the world they live in. There are also trips which students can participate in. Geography lessons start in year 7 and they are compulsory until year 9. Students can choose Geography as one of their GCSE options.
Year 7 Geography follows a variety of units that aim to introduce students to a wide range of topics, whist building on knowledge and understanding brought from primary school. The focus this year is on: introduction to Geography, rivers, map skills, volcanoes, food and farming and settlement. This unit also involves one educational visit, to a local farm to coincide with the food and farming work.
Year 8 Geography provides many strong units balancing the need to teach both physical and human geography at different scales. The year starts with the investigating of hot desert ecosystems followed by exploring the important country of China. The year continues with the exploration of weather, both daily and extreme. Studying the countries of Italy and migration follows which focuses on the impact of tourism and the movement of people respectively.
Year 9 Geography promotes the opportunity for students to discuss and debate many topical and relevant geographical issues. Large questions are tackled, such as: should the tropical rainforests be preserved for the future? What are the challenges of future urban growth and how cities area managed? How can global resources be managed for all? How can our coastline change and be protected for the future? These allow focus on a variety of global countries and cities.
GCSE geography is a forward looking two year course. Examined units in Year 10 are Coasts and Global Tourism. Coastal issues are very relevant to the British Isles and the unit allows the teaching of coastal processes, coastal management and how rising global sea levels could have a major impact in the future. This ties in perfectly with the day fieldtrip to Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth to collect data for the GCSE Controlled Assessment. Global Tourism involves issues of development, sustainability and changing future tourism trends. This unit is supported by a day visit to Thorpe Park as an example of a well managed ‘honey pot’ tourist attraction. Towards the end of Year 10 there is an opportunity to visit the country of Iceland to study its amazing tectonic activity and tourism industry, tying in with two of the major GCSE units
The final GCSE year covers the remaining unit of Natural Hazards and Urban Issues. The Natural Hazards focus on tectonic hazards, tropical storms and wildfires. The aim is to allow students to discuss the cause, effect and mitigation of each hazard and larger questions such as their predictability, whether they are becoming more frequent and if development alters a country's ability to protect itself. The urban unit focuses on human habitation, its impact on the environment and how future city may be managed in a sustainable way.