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Geography

The Geography department at All Saints’ Academy includes:

Head of Humanities Faculty: Mrs Tupper

Head of Geography: Mrs Sallis

Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of Geography: Mr Simcox 

Teachers of Geography: Miss Lewis

                                          Mrs Hunter-Miller

                                          Miss Scott-Johnson

The Geography department at All Saints’ Academy is an effective team of highly qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. We are proud to provide a curriculum that enables students to develop a wide range of geographical skills, from map reading and graphical analysis, to the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Students are able to develop their literacy and numeracy skills through enquiry and investigative work, developing hypotheses and carrying out projects and investigations.

We pride ourselves on a culture of excellence and to the progress of each individual student.


What is Geography?

“There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography” – Royal Geographic Society. Geography is an important and relevant subject as it is often seen as the bridge between the sciences and arts, and can therefore be combined with a wide range of other subjects, including Languages, Mathematics, History and Business Studies. Geography is seen as a valuable subject by employers as it is a subject which helps develop a number of skills. Geography at All Saint’s Academy is a popular subject, and the number of students choosing to study Geography at GCSE has increased further this year.


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Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 students undertake investigations and project work, as well as end of topic tests.

Year 7

In Year 7 students begin by studying ‘What is Geography?’ developing an overview of what Geography is and the world around them, this includes studying map skills. We then move onto the topic of ‘Settlement’ in Term 2, looking at why settlements change over time, as well as studying both the Burgess Model and Hoyt Model. In Term 3 Year 7 focus on ‘Extreme Environments’, it is during this topic that they explore a range of ecosystems including the Sahara Desert and Antarctica. Into Term 4 the topic progresses on to ‘Weather and Climate’ with a microclimate investigation around the Academy, students are encouraged to create their own hypothesis and produce a written piece of work on this. Term 5 sees the students explore the topic of ‘Energy’ which incorporates work on climate change; this unit again develops their map skills through choropleth mapping.  Lastly, Term 6 brings together skills from throughout Year 7 to the final topic of ‘Fantastic Places’, students study a range of countries and cities and hone their skills that they have developed throughout the year.

Year 8

In Year 8 students begin the year by studying ‘Natural Hazards’, focusing on volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Students learn a range of case studies and explore the impacts of these hazards, why people choose to live in hazardous areas and also compare and contrast the differences of living in a high income country to a low income country. Term 2 sees students explore the topic of ‘Crime’; this unit develops their GIS skills and gives them a better understanding of how crime affects an area. After this, Year 8 focus on Physical Geography and learn about ‘Rivers’, this gives them the foundational knowledge should they choose to take GCSE Geography. Students learn about features of the upper, middle and lower course of a river with a focus on the River Severn, they examine problems of flooding as well as flood management strategies. Into Term 4 they move on to ‘Fragile Environments’ further developing their understanding of Climate Change from Year 7 and looking at its impacts on coral reefs and the Arctic. Term 5 sees the students explore ‘Population’, studying population pyramids, the impact of ageing populations, migration and government policies. In the last term of Year 8 students study ‘The Development Gap’, they explore contrasts in development, the factors influencing a country’s development, trade and aid.


GCSE

GCSE Geography at All Saints’ Academy follows the AQA syllabus. There are 3 exams that students sit in Year 11:

  • Paper 1 - Living with the Physical Environment (worth 35% of GCSE)
  • Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment (worth 35% of GCSE)
  • Paper 3 – Geographical Applications (worth 30% of GCSE)

Year 9

In Year 9 students begin with the study of ‘The Challenge of Natural Hazards’, learning about tectonic hazards, weather hazards and climate change. Students explore the Chile Earthquake of 2010 and the Nepal Earthquake of 2015, Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the Somerset Floods of 2014; this unit covers the first 2 terms of Year 9. In Terms 3 and 4 Year 9 move on to ‘Physical Landscapes in the UK’ which includes studying coasts. Year 9 learn about the diverse landscapes of the UK with an overview of the major upland and lowland areas, as well as case studies on coastal erosion and deposition and coastal management. Year 9 progress onto ‘Urban Issues and Challenges’ for Terms 5 and 6, it is in this unit that they look at the growing number of people living in urban areas, how urban growth in Rio de Janeiro creates both opportunities and challenges, a case study of urban change in the UK as well as sustainable urban living.

Year 10

Year 10 begin the year by returning to ‘Physical Processes in the UK’ where they study the rivers aspect of the topic. Students explore river processes and use the River Severn as a case study to learn about erosional and depositional features, as well as flooding and flood management. In Term 2 they look at ‘Resource Management’, learning about global demand for food increasing but that the supply can be insecure, and that different strategies are needed to increase food supply. Terms 3 and 4 see Year 11 study ‘The Living World’, focusing on ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts. Students examine the characteristics of each biome, economic and environmental impacts, challenges and opportunities as well as sustainability. The last topic that Year 10 study spans Terms 5 and 6, ‘The Changing Economic World’. Students explore the global variation in economic development and quality of life, ways to reduce the development gap, a case study of a country that is experiencing rapid economic development as well as the major changes in the UK economy.

Whilst in Year 10 students undertake fieldwork for their Paper 3: Geographical Applications, worth 30% of their GCSE. This unit draws together the knowledge, understanding and skills from their studies throughout GCSE Geography. The fieldwork consists of 2 geographical enquiries where students undertake fieldwork away from the Academy ground to collect primary data.

Current Year 11

Our current Year 11 students have begun the year by learning ‘The Challenge of Natural Hazards’ learning about tectonic hazards, weather hazards and climate change. Students explore the Chile Earthquake of 2010 and the Nepal Earthquake of 2015, Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the Somerset Floods of 2014. They will then progress on to ‘Resource Management’, learning about global demand for food increasing but that the supply can be insecure, and that different strategies are needed to increase food supply. Term 4 sees our Year 11 students learning about ‘The Changing Economic World’. Students explore the global variation in economic development and quality of life, ways to reduce the development gap, a case study of a country that is experiencing rapid economic development as well as the major changes in the UK economy.

Once they have covered all of the content for their GCSE exams by the end of Term 4, Year 11 will be revising all topics and completing the Paper 3 pre-release resource booklet.

Information about Paper 3 – the pre-release resource booklet:

12 weeks before the date of the Paper 3 exam students will receive a resource booklet by AQA for students to work through the resources so they become familiar with it before the exam. They will not be able to take a ‘worked’ resource booklet into the exam, but will be given a clean copy. This paper will consist of a series of questions leading to a more extended piece of writing.

Year 11 from 2018

As a department we have decided to alter the curriculum programme for future Year 11 students, details of this are given below:

From September 2018, Year 11 students will have covered all topics for their GCSE by the end of Year 10. This enables content to be revised and students’ knowledge and understanding to be deepened throughout Year 11. 12 weeks before the date of the Paper 3 exam students will receive a resource booklet by AQA, this will be worked on in lessons.


A Level

Please see the A Level subject page for specific information:

Geography A Level


Extra-Curricular

Every Tuesday at the end of the normal Academy day there is an opportunity for students to attend a Geography revision and catch-up session. This is aimed at helping students achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE.


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