Geography

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The Geography department aims to engage and inspire students to be passionate about the world in which they live. Our intent is forour learners to develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Students are encouraged to question critically in order to develop their research skills and in order to analyse geographical issues more objectively. Naturally, their literacy and numeracy skills develop in tandem. We wish our students to embrace a responsible attitude towards their world, developing transferable skills in preparation for later life. 

At the start of KS3 we build upon and consolidate their geographical learning from KS2. Students will extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They will learn how to apply knowledge and conceptual understanding to new settings and will ‘think like a geographer’. The study of human and physical geography is balanced appropriately. 

Year 7

Students will increase their locational and place knowledge through a variety of skills. They will build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases; and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field. Students will cover the following topics: Introduction to geography and map skills; Exploring the UK; China, India and Brazil;

Year 8

Students will continue to build upon the geographical skills learned in Y7. They will study real life examples at a variety of scales. They will understand physical and human processes through the study of Natural Hazards and Weather and Climate.  Their knowledge of place will be advanced through the topic of Africa. 

Year 9

Students will develop greater aptitude in using geographical knowledge, and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. They will continue to deepen their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding. Students will cover the following topics: Ecosystems; Challenges in the human environment; Physical landscapes of the UK

 

AQA course

The examination offered in KS4 is the AQA Geography GCSE in which students study the following:

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Trips

Students will participate in two contrasting fieldwork visits. Students visit Bishops Wood to investigate fluvial processes. For their human study, students visit Bristol Harbour to investigate regeneration in the area.