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 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 this year 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. Students will also be able to practice writing up a piece of fieldwork in the style of what they will be completing in Year 10. At the end of this year students will be able to choose Geography as a GCSE option, should they wish to do so.
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: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil & 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. 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.