The Geography curriculum is designed to give all students the confidence and experience to help inform and shape ideas; investigating human and physical strands of the multi-faceted subject. This will enable students to become global citizens and have the cultural literacy to be role models for the future and set a trail for others to emulate. Considering themes such as sustainability, development, globalisation and climate change in their everyday lives.
Geography offers the opportunity to study a range of topics that investigate the physical processes of our planet, human societies and the economic and environmental challenges within the local, national and global context. This gives students the confidence to interact with the wider world, leading to fulfilled and positive life experiences. The curriculum encourages students to ask questions, develop critical thinking skills, and layer a deeper understanding of complex concepts as the course navigates through the curriculum.
Geographical skills are embedded within units of work throughout all key stages. Students develop their cartographic, graphical, ICT and GIS skills. Fieldwork enquiries enable students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding within both human and physical Geography.
Geography bridges the curriculum from the physical process in Science, creativity in English to the quantitate skills of Mathematics. Students are able to use these connections to excel in the wider world.
We follow the AQA specification, which is examined at the end of Year 11.
Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (35% of GCSE). This section covers: Natural hazards, tectonic hazards, weather hazards, climate change, ecosystems, tropical rainforests, coastal landscapes, and river landscapes.
Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (35% of GCSE). This section covers: The urban world, urban change in the UK, urban sustainability, newly emerging economies, the changing UK economy, resource management, food management, water management and energy management.
Paper 3: Geographical Applications (30% of GCSE). This section is dived into two halves, section A provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and apply knowledge/understanding, by looking at issues developed in paper 1 and paper 2. A pre-release booklet is issued 12 weeks before the examination. Section B focusses on fieldwork with an opportunity to go to Hornsea to look at coastal management