Geography

Department Staff

  • Mrs K Stewart (Assistant Principal/Head of Department)
  • Mr J Dane
  • Miss A Clarke

Geography

‘Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future’ – Michael Palin

As technology becomes faster and further reaching, studying Geography makes us realise that regardless of territorial boundaries and our economic status, we all share planet earth and it is fragile. Because of this, the concepts of sustainable development and climate change remain central to our curriculum design as we encourage students to think critically about the world they currently live in and the world they want to leave behind.

We aim to inspire curiosity about planet earth and the beauty that it offers, spanning the continents and celebrating diversity. As we ‘zoom in’ to focus on our local community and ‘zoom out’ to study global affairs, we help students gather data and information from a wide range of sources in order to challenge perceived wisdom and generate original ideas to solve problems. Whether this be investigating local issues such as the 'High Speed 2' debate and energy development, managing the effects of coastal erosion along the Holderness Coastline or analysing the impacts of palm oil production in Borneo, we always seek to consider the views of a wide-ranging number of stakeholder groups and encourage our students to not only ask questions but to use evidence to answer them.

In summary, we aim to shape well-rounded and globally minded citizens who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take an active role and play their full part in today’s ever-changing world.

We study a range of topics across year 7 and year 8 which include:

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Welcome to geography
  • Extreme environments
  • Mega cities and where we live
  • A Thirsty Planet?
  • Earth shattering geography

Year 8

  • UK weather and climate crisis
  • Impossible places?
  • Yorkshire's seaside
  • Paradise lost?
  • Awesome Africa
  • Violent volcanoes

Year 9

  • How much is enough? An introduction to resource management
  • Geographical decision making
  • Tectonic hazards
  • Atmospheric hazards
  • Hot and cold deserts
  • Rivers and urban fieldwork investigations

Key Stage 4

GCSE Final Assessment

Paper 1 - Living with the physical environment (35%) 90 minute exam

Section A: Challenge of natural hazards (weather & climate, tectonic hazards)

Case studies & examples: Haiti earthquake (2010), Japan earthquake (2011), Typhoon Haiyan (2013)

Section B: The living world (Ecosystems, tropical rainforests, cold environments)

Case studies & examples: The Amazon rainforest, Svalbard

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers)

Case studies & examples: The River Tees, Boscastle flood (2004) The Holderness Coast

Paper 2 - Challenges in the human environment (35%) 90 minute exam

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Case studies & examples: Mumbai (NEE), London (HIC)

Section B: The changing economic world

Case studies & examples: Nigeria, Outer Hebrides and Cambridgeshire, North/South divide

Section C: The challenge of resource management (energy)

Case studies & examples: Biogas in India, Fracking in the UK

Paper 3- Geographical application (30%) 60 minute exam

Section A: Issue evaluation

AQA will release the resources two months before the exam. Lesson time will be given to exploring the issues.

Section B: Fieldwork

Seen fieldwork requires students to complete physical fieldwork in Hornsea and urban fieldwork in Doncaster.

Unseen fieldwork will require students to interpret and analyse data

What should my child be doing at home?

  • Completing homework (usually exam questions)
  • Using GCSEPod and completing assignments
  • Reading the revision guide (Y11 have been given their own CGP revision guide)
  • Producing revision materials of their own
  • Learn the individual case studies (booklets provided for each paper)

Useful websites:

GCSEPod (https://www.gcsepod.com)

AQA (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography)

GCSE Bitesize (https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc)

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