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Geography

Staffing and Roles 

Mrs Knab Head of Geography (Maternity Leave)
Mrs MacAulay Assistant Headteacher (Maternity Leave)
Mrs Reeder Geography Teacher
Mr Appleton Acting Head of Geography

Vision Statement​

The Geography department is passionate about the world and its people. Our aim is to inspire students to become every-day Geographers who have a fascination about the world.

We want our students to not just enjoy learning about Geography in the classroom, but to have a curiosity that motivates them to investigate it in their daily lives.

KS3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) students study a range of topics to develop an understanding and awareness of diverse places around the world and develop an understanding about the Earth’s human and physical processes at work.  We aim to get our students outside as much as possible - this is either by collecting field work data on site or on day trips out.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 India Deserts Rivers (with map skills & infiltration fieldwork) Glaciation (with map skills) Tectonic Hazards (Volcanoes) Tectonic Hazards (Earthquakes)
8 China (Population) Development (Kenya) Tropical Rainforests Coasts Climate Change Weather Hazards (Micro-climate fieldwork)

Key Stage 3 Reading List

KS4 Curriculum

We teach the AQA GCSE syllabus over three years (year 9-11), during this time we prepare our students for the following exams:

 

 

Paper Paper 1: Living with the physical environment Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment Paper 3: Geographical Applications
Topics Covered
  • Natural hazards: tectonic hazards, weather hazards.
  • Climate change.
  • Ecosystems: tropical rainforests & hot deserts.
  • UK physical landscapes: coasts and rivers.
  • Urban issues and challenges (Rio and Southampton).
  • The changing economic world.
  • The challenge of resource management (food).
  • Issue evaluation: pre-release is given 12 weeks before the exam.

    Fieldwork: on two compulsory field trips carried out.

    Geographical skills.
Exam Information
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG).

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG).

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes.

  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG).

% of the GCSE 35% 35% 30%

Key Stage 4 Reading List

Ross, R., Rowles N., Holmes D. and Digby B. GCSE Geography AQA. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

CPG. GCSE AQA Geography For the Grade 9-1 Course. The Revision Guide.

Exam Results 2018

Grade %
4+ 80.3
5+ 66.7
7+ 34.8

Extra-curricular Activities

In 2017 the Geography department teamed up with the English department to raise money for ‘Send a Cow’ a charity trying to lift families out of poverty in Africa. We took part in a sponsored read-a-thon and raised £287.67. The Geography department hopes to help raise money for Send a Cow again this academic year!

Trip to Sorrento, Italy

A group of year 11 geographers visited Sorrento during October half term 2017. During our visit we had an exciting walk up Vesuvius in the fog, saw the effects of the 79 AD eruption by visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum and travelled along the Amalfi coast looking at the beautiful scenery and coastal features. The students also learnt how to make pizzas and got to taste their creations!

Field Trips

During year 9, 10 and 11 students will go on two compulsory field trips to collect data for their paper 3 exam. Last year, year 10 went to Southampton for their human fieldwork and Hengistbury Head for their physical fieldwork.

We hope to offer more local trips in the coming years for key stage 3.

Quotes from students

“I really like Geography because it gives you an excellent understanding of the world we live in and provides many useful skills that we will need in life. I also find it very interesting as it covers many topics across the whole curriculum as well.”

Henry Furze (Year 9)

“I took Geography as I have an interest in the world around me. I enjoyed learning about the diverse topics in year 7 and 8 and I wanted to carry on learning about these and more. I also thought the knowledge I would gain would be helpful for the future!”

Holly McCann (Year 9)