The Geography Department’s key objective is to inspire and engage students through creative and innovative lessons. The Geography curriculum enables students to acquire the key skills and knowledge necessary to understand the world in which we live. The topics studied encourage learners to become global citizens, giving them the opportunity to explore their place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people.

Students find out about a range of places, environments and patterns at many scales from local to global. Physical processes are studied, and how they produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time. Students learn about the interdependence of places and the interaction between people and the environment.
 
Develop student’s skills in:
Higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
Making sense of a wide range of geographical information including maps and atlas’
Literacy such as extended writing pieces, the creation of reports and geographical investigations. Numeracy is developed through the manipulation of a wide range of data and graphical forms of data presentation.
Problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Geography is taught in four specialist rooms. All four rooms have interactive whiteboards and access to laptops, which have wireless connections to the school network and the internet.

The Macauley Centre is a valuable resource housing a range of books and further access to ICT.
 
Students have two lessons of 55/60 minutes each week.
The topics studied address both the key ideas and issues that face us all in a rapidly changing world. In Year 7, 8 and 9 students study five units. Each unit covers specific human and physical processes. Assessment for learning encourages students to develop thinking skills and ability to make and explain their decisions.

Units in Year 7 – Exploring the UK, Development, Coasts, India and Tourism (Kenya and the UK).

Units in Year 8 – Rainforests, Rivers, The Energy Debate, Weather and Climate and Liverpool.

Units in Year 9 – Tectonic Hazards, Globalisation, Hot and Cold Desert Landscapes, Population and Geographical Issue Investigation of Development in Uganda.
 

Uptake in Geography has greatly increased in recent years and is very popular indicating the high levels of interest and enthusiasm that our pupils have for the subject.

Our current year 11 students follow the AQA GCSE Geography Syllabus A. This involves three units:

Unit 1 – Physical Geography: Students study three topics from the following: Restless Earth, Water on the Land,Ice on the Land, Weather and Climate, Living World, Rocks, Resources and Scenery.

Unit 2 – Human Geography: Students study three topics from the following: Population Change, Changing Urban Environments, The Development Gap, Globalisation, Tourism.

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment – Students complete their own fieldwork investigation and write-up.

Our current year 10 students follow the new AQA Geography syllabus. This includes three units:

Unit 1 – Living with the Physical Environment: The Challenge of Natural Hazards, The Living World and Physical Landscapes of the UK.

Unit 2: Urban Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management.

Unit 3: Geographical Applications: Issue Evaluation and Fieldwork (exam questions based on two pieces of fieldwork – 1 physical and 1 human fieldwork question).


 

Support sessions for GCSE students at lunchtime and after school.