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Geography Department

  Name
Subject Leader Geography Ms N Croucher
Geography Teachers Mr D Hooker
Mr J Perry
Ms J Prior
Mr G Welch

Geography teaches us to investigate the human and physical processes that shape our dynamic world, our aim is to stimulate awe and wonder about the world to inspire students within our lessons. We believe that studying Geography enables students to develop a range of skills which provide a strong basis for life long study.

In Geography students will become:

  • Independent learners who can communicate effectively and respect different countries and cultures
  • Successful learners, who are motivated to investigate, challenge and debate their opinions effectively with others.
  • Problem solvers who are enterprising and can problem solve suggesting appropriate routes for enquiry

Key Stage 3

In year 7 pupils explore the world around them, including global interdependence and the incredible places that make up our planet and weather and climate.

Year 8 investigate the more complex issues of development around the world and then move onto the physical processes in geography studying volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers and rainforests. They also consider the human implications that these physical processes have upon the people at a range of different scales. 

Key Stage 4

The AQA syllabus is followed for GCSE, students will explore the world from their classroom exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries, newly emerging economies and lower income countries. Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. 

Key Stage 5

We study Edexcel Geography for A level this course has been designed to allow geographers the flexibility to explore key elements of physical, human and environmental aspects of the discipline. Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature of the course and will be undertaken at both year 1 and year 2. The study of Geography, through enquiry based learning, can develop an informed concern about the quality of natural and human conditions on the earth’s surface. This approach helps students to develop their problem solving and decision making skills whilst fostering an understanding of human and physical processes that shape our earth. An increased awareness is developed of the Geographer’s contribution to understanding and attempting to resolve geographical issues and problems at varying scales. 

Units

Year 1 (Standalone AS qualification)

  • Paper 1 Dynamic landscapes, Tectonic processes and hazards, Coastal landscapes and change.
  • Paper 2 Dynamic places, Globalisation, Regenerating places.

Year 2

  • Paper 1 - Physical paper, Tectonic processes and hazards, Coastal landscapes and change, The water cycle and water insecurity 
  • Paper 2 - Human paper, Globalisation, Superpowers, Regenerating places, Health, Human rights and intervention.
  • Paper 3 - Synoptic paper, All questions in the examination draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course.
  • Coursework - The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.

 

 

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Students at GCSE complete two fieldwork days required for the AQA course, these are subject to change each academic year. The current year 11 students completed one day in Herne Bay investigating coastal management and the second day in Bluewater and Greenhithe comparing the impacts of urban development.


Students at A level complete four fieldwork days which enable students to collect data for the NEA independent assessments.


In October 2019 the geography department will be taking 30 students to Iceland for a 5 day residential. 

 

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