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, 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 followed by exploring the important country of China. The year continues with the exploration of weather, both daily and extreme (tropical storms). Studying the continents of Antarctica and Africa follows which focuses on the impact of climate change in one and the impact of aid in the other.
Year 9 Geography promotes the opportunity for students to discuss and debate many topical and relevant geographical issues. It is a very useful preparation year for GCSE. 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 are 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 following the AQA GCSE Specification. The course is broken into two years, Year 10 Physical Geography and Year 11 Human Geography.
1. Physical Geography: This unit is concerned with physical processes and systems, and how humans interact with them. This includes:
- Natural Hazards such as earthquakes; volcanoes and tropical storms (hurricanes)
- Extreme weather that affects the U.K.
- Global climate change
- Tropical Rainforest Ecosystems
- 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
- The changing economic world
- 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. This will be in two different environments including a visit to Hengistbury Head, near Bournemouth for some Coastal Study and an Urban based study in Alton Town Centre. Both will involve time out of school covered in a single day each.