Head of Subject: Mr B. Kingswood / Miss E. Rowley
The aim of geography is to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The geography department will equip students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key human and physical processes. As students progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the formation and use of different landscapes.
Students will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They will learn about how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes which change over time. Students will cover three key topics: The UK, Our changing climate and Africa.
During this period a myriad of skills will be developed including data collection (including a trip to Tewkesbury), analysing and interpreting different data sources, map skills as well as a range of more personal skills such as team work, problem solving and research skills.
Students will become increasingly aware of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. Students will have greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches, concepts and skills through the use of detailed place based examples at a variety of scales. Three topics will be covered: Tectonics, International relationships and Biomes.
Students’ geographical skills will be enriched by building on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and applying this both within the classroom and the field. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) will be routinely used by students and fieldwork will be completed in different locations (Black Country Museum, school site and the Glebe) and where students will use multiple sources of increasingly complex information.
Key Stage 4:
Edexcel GCSE Geography A
Physical topics: The changing landscapes of the UK, Weather hazards and climate change, Ecosystems biodiversity and management, Rivers and Coasts.
Human topics: Changing cities, global development, resource management and energy resources.
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AQA A-level Geography [current y13]
Edexcel A-level Geography [current y12 - new specification]