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Geography

The Geography department at All Saints’ is staffed by two members of the teaching team including:

Head of Geography: Mrs Sallis

Head of Year 13/Teacher of Geography: Mr Simcox 

 

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students begin by developing an overview of what Geography is and the world around them.  We then move onto learning about where is the best place to live.  This topic is covered development at a variety of scales, from local to global.  Year 7 then go on to learn about extreme weather, extreme environments and finish the year studying the use of maps.

In Year 8 students firstly learn about how crime can affect an area, and the impacts of different crimes.  They design their own crime free town and learn about the impacts of gun and knife crime on a community.  Blood diamonds and child soldiers are also examined in this unit. Afterwards a new topic titled ‘Issues around the World’ is studied, where students examine a variety of problems including earthquakes and volcanoes, China’s one child policy and fair trade.  They also get to grips with GIS at the end of the year.

GCSE

In Year 9 students begin with the study of the coastal zone, learning about the impact of rising sea level on the Maldives, and the winter storms of 2013-14.  Afterwards they move onto learning about cities round the world, the reasons why cities grow at different rates in different countries and the reasons people have for wanting to live in cities.  They also examine sustainable cities and try and solve problems such as congestion and racial tension.  They end the year studying rivers, the landforms that rivers have and the ways in which we can prevent flooding.

Year 10 study human populations, examining their growth since the start of the 20th century.  Also year ten look at ways in which we can ensure that the population is sustainable, and we do not over use the earth’s resources.  They also look at earthquakes and volcanoes, examining how and why the impacts of earthquakes are different in different countries.  They finish this year examining tourism, finding out which places around the UK and the world are popular for tourists and why.  They also learn about how tourism is affecting places like the Amazon rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

In Year 11 students spend the initial part of the year finishing off the topic from the end of Year 10.  They then take part in their field trip which this year is to the Forest of Dean.  This is to investigate the features of a river and compare it with the ideas of Bradshaw.  Lesson time up until Christmas is spent doing this coursework as it is worth 30% of the final grade.  After this, time is focussed on revision and knowing case studies in preparation for the two exams at the end of Year 11.

A-Level

Year 12 students  study population, health, rivers and arid environments. Students also learn a wide variety of geographical skills. Field work activities take place to support those skills including a local river study.

In Year 13 students spend the their time studying weather and climate, plate tectonics and globalisation.  Students also experience more geographical skills and examine a wide range of global issues.

Fieldwork

Students carry out fieldwork to carry out data collections.  Locations include the Forest of Dean and Bourton – on -the- Water.

Extra-Curricular

Every Friday at the end of the normal Academy day there is an opportunity for students to attend a geography learning workshop. This ias aimed at helping students achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE, but all students are welcome if they need some extra help with their studies.

Future Possibilities

Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. The army, police, government, research organisations, law and business world also love the practical research skills that geographers develop.

Source: Success at School