GEOGRAPHY

Department Staff:

Mrs E Fielding

Mr J Kane (Head of Humanities)

Mrs C Watkins

Subject Overview

Geography is a wide-ranging subject which acknowledges the interaction between people and the natural world. It should not be thought of as either a science or an art because it contains elements of both in order to fully explain the world. The study of geography will enable any student to understand the changing world around them.

Skills

Throughout your study you will develop a wide variety of useful skills such as:

  • Problem solving, e.g. planning and management issues.
  • Data collection, analysis and presentation.
  • Using geographical instruments.
  • Social skills - fieldwork in groups and using questionnaires. 

What are the advantages of studying Geography?

Geographers are taught a wide ranging combination of skills drawing in ideas from many sources. This ability to view issues from a wider perspective is appropriate for working in many different areas. The nature of peoples’ working lives is changing. It is less likely that someone will spend all their life in one company or organization. If your career path is to be varied, you will need to develop transferable skills and you will need to be flexible. Geography fosters these qualities.

There are useful displays in the Geography classrooms on careers with geography and choosing it for GCSE and anyone in the Geography department would be happy to expand on this further or answer any queries you may have, just ask.

 

“Without Geography, you’re nowhere” - Michael Palin

 

Key Stage 3 Overview (Years 7-9)

Topic

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

What is geography

Rivers, coasts and glaciation

Environmental regions

2

India

 

India and Asia

 

Weather and climate

3

River flooding

Population

China

4

Urbanisation

 

Economic activity

International development

5

Kenya and Africa

World issues

Resources and the environment

6

Ordnance survey maps

Key skills, writing and photographs

 

Key skills, maps and diagrams

Key skills, geographical enquiries and case studies


 

 

Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11)

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