The study of geography develops our sense of wonder of the world around us. It helps us make sense of a rapidly changing world, and our place within it. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. We investigate and build on our own experiences, at a range of scales, from local to global.
The wide range of study skills used in geography builds students confidence, preparing them for independent research, and to work effectively with others. The study of geography prepares students to grow as responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society at all levels. Geography inspires us to think about our place in the world, and our responsibilities to care for it.
Key Stage 3 curriculum and assessment
Students will study the Cabot learning federation KS3 geography curriculum and will undertake a number of different enquiries across the three year KS3 period.
In year 7 students will pose and answer some of the following questions:
- Where do I live in the UK and the world?
- How do rivers in the UK change the landscape?
- Why is the changing UK coastline important to us?
- Is the geography of Russia a curse or a blessing?
|Enquiry||Where do I live in the UK and the world?|
|Why is the Lake District a unique environment in the UK?||How do rivers in the UK change the landscape?||Why is the changing UK coastline important to us?||Why is Russia a vast wilderness?||Is the geography of Russia a curse or a benefit?|
|Enquiry||Is everything we know about Africa wrong?||Are Africa’s landscapes more than just the Lion King?||Why do people want to live in Europe?||Will Asia ever be on top?||Why do people live in the danger zone?|
|Enquiry||Can you make a decision?|
|Why should we care about the oceans?||Do we agree with Greta?||How long can we exploit the earth’s resources?||What is the future of our planet? Challenges and opportunities||Will we ever stop human exploitation?|
Students will be assessed throughout the year and will complete two formal written assessment points.
Key Stage 4 curriculum and assessment
We study the AQA GCSE geography specification
Topics studied include:
|Content||% of final grade|
|Rivers and coasts|
Local and global ecosystems
The challenge of natural hazards
|Urban issues and challenges|
The changing economic world
The challenge of resource management
Pathways beyond school – where could this subject take you?
As well as being a firm foundation for college courses such as A Level Geography or Social Studies, GCSE Geography is excellent preparation for the world of work. The skills of data analysis and problem solving are highly sought after in the workplace. There are many career pathways for which Geography would be specifically beneficial, such as Travel & Tourism, Environmental work, urban planning, development and global issues and many more.