Geography

Geography curriculum 7-11

Year 7:

Students in year 7 study a variety of human and physical geography. In Terms 1&2 they are introduced to the key OS map skills and how to use an atlas. They also explore the world’s Oceans, examining conflicts in the oceans, the structure of and impacts on coral reefs pollution problems and food chain. In Terms 3 and 4 they investigate the continent of Europe. They work in groups to produce an independent project on one European country, indigenous peoples in Lapland, the issues in national parks, contemporary challenges in Europe such as Brexit, the migrant crisis as well as improving their map knowledge of key countries, capital cities and physical features. In the final terms, students explore the physical landscape of China and investigate the human features such as population distribution, the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the One Child Policy. They finish year 7 by starting to build their fieldwork skills base through a series of on and off-site activities to collect, present and evaluate fieldwork.

Year 8

Pupils in year 8 build on the skills and themes learnt in year 7. In the first 2 terms pupils explore global crimes such as the issue of piracy and whether the shrinking of the Aral Sea is an environmental crime. They also look at local crime and target hardening and then explore the schools site to build on their fieldwork skills and gathering of qualitative data. The second topic in this term allows them to explore the two ecosystems of the rainforest and the Arctic Tundra looking at a number of physical features and processes and the human threats to them. In the Spring term, students study the physical processes linked to tectonics and plate boundaries, with a focus on volcanoes and earthquakes. They also look at the continent of Africa and explore a variety of issues for example hunger in Ethiopia, shanty towns problems and improvements in Kibera and differing quality of life between girls in northern Nigeria and the UK. In the final terms the students focus on conflict in Antarctica and then look at the processes and landforms along rivers with a final look at the causes and impacts of flooding.

Year 9.

Students study 3 units through year 9. The first 2 are skills based units which serve to develop many of the skills the students will need for the GCSE specification. The unit on gender inequality has cross curricular links with Sociology and this leads into Globalisation and Fashion. This unit explores the different types of industry, the concept of globalization and interdependence and the problems faced in the fashion industry for example sweatshops. The pupils also consider the concept of fair trade. In the second unit, pupils build on their KS3 fieldwork skills by completing a day’s fieldwork in Sevenoaks. They are guided through the 6 stages of an investigation and encouraged to build their skills in areas such as complex data presentation, analysis, concluding and evaluation. The students then start the main GCSE course after February half term with Theme 1 of the Eduqas B GCSE Geography specification. This unit is mainly human Geography and in year 9 pupils look at the concept of global cities, by studying 2 examples- London and Mumbai. They look at the pressures they face and how they can be solved. The pupils then move onto looking at rural and urban problems in the UK.

Year 10:

Pupils continue with the Theme 1 for Eduqas GCSE Geograpy spec B. They examine retail developments and conflicts, solutions to sustainable living in rural areas and look at global development patterns, examining ways in which countries can be measured and evaluating these. During Yr 10 pupils start to develop their decision making skills for the second paper. They also look at the concept of aid, trade and fair trade. After Christmas, students start Theme 2 which is a physical Geography unit. The topics in this unit comprise of rivers, coasts, climate change and weather & climate. At May half term, pupils then start the fieldwork unit for the 3rd exam which involved a minimum of 2 days fieldwork. This year students are going on a 3 day residential to Swanage to collect this data.

Year 11:

Students in current yr 11 are finishing the legacy spec for WJEC B Geography. They have conducted their controlled assessment this year and they have studied Theme 3 for their second exam which is a unit on trade, aid and development. Pupils have worked extensively on their decision ma

A Level Geography

Entry Requirements

Students will be required to have obtained a Grade B or above at English GCSE, and a Grade B or above in GCSE Geography.

What is A-Level Geography?

Geography at A-Level includes the study of both physical and human Geography.  It covers a variety of geographical issues at a range of scales and it allows for in-depth study of new topics, as well as ones covered at GCSE.

What Will I Study?

Yr12 -      Unit 1:     Physical Geography: coasts,    rivers and arid environments

                Unit 2:     Human Geography: tourism,   energy and rural issues

Yr13 -      Unit 3:     Global Issues: including           natural hazards, eco-systems   and development

                Unit 4:     Geographical Skills Paper

Assessment

  • Unit 1      (25% of total A-Level)
  • Unit 2      (25% of total A-Level)
  • Unit 3      30% of total A-Level
  • Unit 4      20% of total A-Level

Fieldwork

In Year 12, there are a variety of fieldwork opportunities including trips to the Thames Barrier, a local river, Whitstable for coastal studies and a local power station.

In Year 13 there is a 4 day residential to the Holderness coast in Yorkshire to conduct fieldwork for the Skills exam. This is a compulsory element of the course.

Where Will It Lead?

A good A-Level grade in Geography can enable a student to enter a Geography Degree course at most universities.  You will learn a range of transferable skills leading to jobs in teaching, charity work, environmental studies, journalism, administration and many other careers.

Staffing:

  • Ms Chappells: Head of Faculty: jchappells@chsfg.co.uk
  • Ms E Tellick, BSc, PGCE - Second in Faculty; Head of Geography
  • Mrs L Buteux, BSc, GTS - Part-time
  • Miss M Davis, BA, PGCE - Deputy Year Coordinator
  • Mrs J Holdaway BA (Hons) PGCE - Part-time Teacher of Humanities
  • Mr G Green, BA - Teacher of History and Geography (NQT)