Geography

Geography

"Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them.  It helps students to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface."

"Studying Geography is about ‘empowering tomorrow’s adults to develop real global understanding and global citizenship so they have the intellectual understanding to participate individually and collectively in shaping the world around them…’"

"Good geographers develop a range of skills which make them highly employable and which are relevant to any future workforce…"

"Information is best interpreted by geographers who are used to problem-solving and decision making and who have built up and developed their expertise through geographical enquiry".

 

                                           David Bell (2005) from ‘The Value and Importance of geography’ . 

Geography is a diverse, thought-provoking and dynamic subject.  The geography schemes of work take an enquiry-based approach to the teaching of geography and the department provides a stimulating geographical experience for all students through a planned yet flexible scheme of work.  A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used which may involve individual or group work; written or oral work; role-play, mysteries, games or fieldwork.  Students use a variety of stimuli such as texts, statistics, photographs, DVD/video, cartoons, maps or use of ICT.

Key Stage 3

The programme of study in each year at KS3 incorporates a variety of places, scales and issues and is planned for progression of skills, knowledge and understanding. Units in Year 7 develop knowledge of the local area and encourage students to begin making links with other places, increasing in scale to facts about the UK, then Europe and the World. Units in Year 8 and 9 explore the concepts of environmental change, sustainable development and global citizenship. geography at Key Stage 3 aims to build on the geographical experience of students in Key stages 1 and 2.  The KS3 schemes of work have also been planned as a solid foundation for KS4.

 

Year

Autumn Term

 

Autumn Term

 

Spring Term

 

Spring Term

 

Summer Term

 

Summer Term

7

What is Geography

 

Geography Skills 

Map work

 

 

British Isles

Europe 

   

Glaciers

Processes

Landforms  

 

Rivers

Processes

Landforms

Management 

 

Africa 

8

World

Population

 

Slement

 

 

Urbanisation 

 

Coasts

Processes Landforms

Management

 

Planet in Peril!

Global Warming

Antarctica 

 

Planet in Peril!

Energy

Water

 

Asian region

9

Plate Tectonics

Earthquakes 

 

Plate Tectonics

Volcanoes 

 

Economic Activity

Jobs

Industry location

Fairtrade 

 

Development

Rich and poor

G8 

 

Rocks and Scenery 

 

Skills

Geographical Investigation 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

At Bishop Challoner students follow the specification  A Geography course.  Specification A highlights the critical importance of geography for understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment.

 

The course is assessed by examination (75%) and Fieldwork (25%). there are two exam papers taken at the end of year 11; paper one consists of map skills and physical geography topics and paper 2, which is based on human geography.   Click here for further details.

 

All pupils studying geography at GCSE participate in trips to various locations to complete fieldwork tasks. This will be based at The Juniper Hall Field study centre, Box Hill, Surrey. There are also opportunities for pupils to take part in case study visits most recently trip to Iceland.