In geography, pupils study the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, an exploration of the world in which we live. Geography is the bridge between the social sciences (human geography) and the natural sciences (physical geography).
The study of human geography explores the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, while physical geography helps pupils learn about the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment, so that together they equip pupils with a deep and rounded understanding of the world in which they live.
KS3 - Geography
Our KS3 programme aims to foster the knowledge and understanding of the physical and human processes that shape the world in which we live. Through KS3 we develop a sense of place by studying a variety of different countries and areas that are at different stages of economic development. Pupils learn to evaluate their impact on the world and how that can contribute in a positive way to local, national, and global communities.
There is a focus on developing geographical skills that are used in making decisions important to everyday life—where to buy or rent a home; where to get a job; how to get to work or to a friend’s house; and where to shop, vacation, or go to school. All of these decisions involve the ability to acquire, arrange, and use geographic information. Daily decisions and community activities are linked to thinking systematically and spatially about environmental and societal issues.
KS4 - Geography
At KS4 we follow the AQA specification. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.
Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).
Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. This gives pupils not only the knowledge they need to thrive outside of school but also makes them global citizens within our globalised world.
Personal Development Opportunities
Pupils are encouraged to join the school’s eco-committee who aim to introduce activities that support the school’s move towards sustainability. We also make clear links to the navigational skills that pupils require to successfully complete the expedition sections of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The diverse nature of the subject and the geographical skills that we develop support cross curricular links across the whole school, in particular Science and Mathematics.
Details of the following content for the subject of Geography can be viewed below: