Geography

Geography is the study of our planet; how we interact with it and how it interacts with us. By looking at the world in which we live in we can understand the interconnections between people and nature. By understanding these connections, we can make informed decisions which will shape our future.

During Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to investigate what is happening in the changing world around them by studying a wide range of traditional topics including map skills, rivers, and natural hazards to dynamic and topical issues such as the geography of food and energy. It is a dynamic and challenging course that encourages students to develop their geographical knowledge and understanding as well as the ability to think critically and independently; the skills needed for GCSE Geography.

Geography is a popular and successful option subject at Key Stage 4. We follow the AQA Geography specification, which has been selected as it allows pupils to study relevant cutting edge geography in both human and physical themes as well as investigate the link between them.

The teaching of the course begins in Year 9 Spring term and allows our pupils to travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the UK, higher income countries, newly emerging economies as well as lower income countries. Our students enjoy discovering topics such as climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. 

It is a linear course with 3 unit exams, each an hour and half long with the removal of the coursework element. Unit 3 still allows pupils to partake in field work (in a location outlined by the exam board) but the research assessment takes place under an exam format. 

Throughout Years 7 to 11, the students are given opportunities to develop as effective and independent learners. Overall the students consider their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a sustainable future.

Field trips

Fieldwork is a vital aspect of studying Geography. The department aims to host a fieldwork opportunity every year for pupils both around and outside of the college.

Pupils will have the opportunity to visit Iceland. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip aimed to inspire awe and wonder of our world. We have an action-packed itinerary and whilst we are there we will go whale watching and visit the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

In Year 7, pupils are given the chance to visit the “Rock the House” exhibition at the Natural History Museum to complement their Natural Hazards topic. Pupils will also complete fieldwork around the school in preparation for their energy investigation.

In Year 8, pupils have the option of visiting the “Meteorology Centre” in Reading as well as the “Living Rainforest” in Newbury to accompany their work on Weather and Climate as well as Ecosystems.

Useful links:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/gcsen/challenge_natural_hazards.php

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography