Geography

The Geography Department empowers students with the knowledge to appreciate our rapidly changing environment both near and far from home.  A combination of traditional maps, fieldwork and digital tools are always at the heart of our Geographical investigations.

Through studying Geography our students will become global citizens of the 21st century and be able to visualise the Geography in all current affairs.

KS3

Our Key Stage 3 course has been designed to introduce a wide range of key concepts and the necessary skills to access these.

Throughout the topics students will develop & demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge & Understanding by showing a range of information with explanations.
  • Processes through making connections between concepts and places.
  • Place by displaying knowledge of a range of places on a variety of scales.
  • Geographical Skills to geographical enquiries through the use of maps, data and images.
  • Spelling & Grammar with the consistent use of geographical key terms

Students are formatively assessed throughout each year, with a formal piece of work in each topic. This can vary from a presentation, essay question, to tests and projects. All students have a tracking sheet to track their progress and a folder for all assessed work to be kept across their time in KS3.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Geography & SkillsGlobal issuesPopulation
Weather & ClimateRiversRestless Earth
Fair TradeEmerging NationsDevelopment
The Living WorldAmazoniaExtreme Environments
Cold EnvironmentsCitiesIndependent Project
TourismCoasts

KS4 – GCSE

Exam Board: AQA      100% examination based

Geography GCSE is a very popular GCSE choice, currently we have with 5 sets in both year 10 and 11. Students are generally taught in mixed ability groups and all have an experienced specialist teacher. Lessons cover a wide range of learning styles and make good use of the students chromebooks. Students develop exam skills through lessons, but also in end of topic formal assessments and the year 10 and 11 mock exams.

For more course information please click on this link to the AQA website

PaperTopicTime & Percentage
Paper 1
Living with the physical environment
The challenge of natural hazards
The living world
Physical landscapes in the UK (Coastal & River Landscapes)
1 hour and 30 minutes
40% of A-Level
Paper 2
Challenges in the human environment
Urban issues and challenges
The changing economic world
The challenge of resource management (Focus on water)
1 hour and 30 minutes
40% of A-Level
Paper 3
Geographical applications
Issue evaluation
Fieldwork
Geographical skills
1 hour and 15 minutes
20% of A-Level

KS5 – A Level

Exam Board: AQA     80% examination based, 20% Independent Fieldwork Investigation

At A Level Geography is also a popular choice for students and results have been very good. The specification allows students to prepare well for university with both content and skills, but also develops their knowledge and understanding as global citizens. For more information, please click on this link to AQA

ComponentTopicsTimings/Requirements
Component 1
Physical geography
Water and carbon cycles
Coastal systems and landscapes
Hazards
2 hours and 30 minutes
Component 2
Human geography
Population and the environment
Global systems and governance
Changing places
2 hours and 30 minutes
Component 3
Geography fieldwork investigation
An individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content3,000 - 4,000 words
independent investigation

Enrichment Opportunities

Students at GCSE complete two fieldwork days required for their course, the first is in October of year 10 to Islington and the Arsenal Stadium regeneration project, and the second is in July of year 11 to the River Chess to complete some physical fieldwork.

At A Level students have a day fieldwork in London around Camden and Kings Cross, and then a 3 day residential in Dorset to study a river catchment as well as the famous Jurassic coastline.

There is also an ‘Awe & Wonder’ trip every two years in the February. In the past this has taken us to China and Sri Lanka, and the next one is over to Iceland!