Geography

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

We aim for our students to be better informed about different parts of the world, as well as our own country, and to have the skills to investigate issues and make decisions.

Year 7 - Thinking Through Humanities

In year 7, Geography is taught through our 'Thinking Through Humanities' course, where we encourage the development of transferrable skills (learning to learn, relating to people, citizenship, managing information and managing situations) through the teaching of our subjects.

Geography topics include investigations into various aspects of 'Britishness',and 'Identity' including the local area and growth of settlements, together with Geographical skills needed to interpret information. We organise a joint Humanities visit to Ludlow, and a place of Historical interest in the Spring term.

Year 8 – 1500-1900

A variety of investigations into different countries, with a thematic approach, to include:

  • Africa: An overview and rainforests
  • Climates: A comparison with different parts of the world, and a brief look at our own climate
  • India: Tourism, urbanisation and sustainability.
  • Hazards: Including Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Year 9

Continues to investigate places and themes but at a more analytical level, to include:

  • Extreme environments: cold and hot! Including a field trip to Cwm Idwal to look at landforms and man’s use of glaciated landscapes.
  • China: Population and migration
  • Coasts: management and processes

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Support the completion of homework

Web Links

Additional Reading

  • The library has many fiction and non-fiction books related to the topics studied above.
  • Geographers should keep up to date on the news as newspapers are a rich source of Geographical knowledge.

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

  • AQA
  • Paper 1
    • Living with the physical environment
    • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards; Volcanoes and earthquakes, hurricanes and climate change.
    • Section B: The living world Rainforests and either hot deserts or cold environments.
    • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK; Overview, then coasts and rivers.
  • Paper 2
    • Challenges in the human environment
    • 3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges; problems and management of cities.
    • 3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world; studies around global development gap, and a look at the economy of the UK.
    • 3.2.3 Section C: The challenge of resource management; Management of food, water or energy.
  • Paper 3
    • Geographical applications
    • Section A: Issue evaluation using pre released materials worked on in class.
    • Section B: Fieldwork Based on two field trips – one to the coast, and one to Birmingham.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Use revision guides to complete practice papers
  • Ensure homework is complete to the deadline

Web Links

Additional Reading

Stay up to date with current affairs in the papers – especially matters relating to units studied.