The world is an exciting and fascinating place and Geography lessons will provide students with a window 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 make-up 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, whilst building on knowledge and understanding brought from primary school. The focus this year is on: introduction to Geography, rivers, map skills, earthquakes, food and farming. 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 investigation of hot desert ecosystems and continues with the exploration of weather, both daily and extreme (tropical storms). The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro comes next allowing a focus on urban challenges and opportunities. The management of our globally important resources of water, food and energy with a focus on the U.K. follows and the year end with discovering the rapidly developing African country of Nigeria.
Year 9 Geography will start the process of teaching GCSE. This is a great opportunity to take some of the GCSE units that are being taught to the current Year 10 and spend more time with them. These will be the UK Coasts, UK Rivers and the unit on Hazards (Earthquakes/Tropical Storms/Climate Change). This will also allow time to recap map skills and practice other numeric and statistical skills key to GCSE. Rainforests, a very topical issue, is studied at the end of the year. Students will be able to choose Geography as a GCSE option, should they wish to do so.
GCSE geography is a forward looking three year course following the AQA GCSE specification. The course is spread across three years, having started in Year 9. Year 10 begins with some Physical Geography and swiftly moves on to Human Geography which continues into Year 11.
1. Physical Geography:
- Hot Deserts Ecosystems.
2. Human Geography: This unit is concerned with human processes and systems and how they change. This includes:
- Urban (city) issues and challenges: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Southampton, U.K.
- The changing economic world: Nigeria.
- Economic futures in the U.K.
- Management of food, energy and water in the U.K. and globally
- Management of freshwater in more depth.
Fieldwork: Students will experience fieldwork first hand in Year 10. This will be in two different environments including a visit to Mudeford Spit, near Bournemouth for a coastal study and an urban based study in Alton Town Centre. Both will involve time out of school covered in a single day each.
Having a GCSE spread across three years means that the core teaching should be completed in enough time for a well-structured and thorough revision programme.