Geography

Inspire

In Year 7 students have one hour per week of Geography and study a variety of topics aimed to ignite within them an interest in the world around them. They begin with a module that introduces them to the skills of a geographer; including map skills. Next they study a module on development looking at contrasting case studies of levels of development globally. After this they will  study a module on coasts; considering processes, landforms and protection. Finally, they will study a module looking at fieldwork and statistical skills which are now a critical part of preparation for the GCSE course. They will complete several investigation lessons that will allow them to practice the skill of inquiry and also a particular data presentation technique.

In Year 8, students also have one hour per week of Geography where students build on the geographical foundations laid in Year 7. The students begin with a module looking at population, migration and urbanisation and then move on to study weather and climate with both a local and global focus. Next they will complete a module looking at key world ecosystems focusing on the example of tropical rainforests. Finally, they will study a module looking at fieldwork and statistical skills which are now a critical part of preparation for the GCSE course. They will complete several investigation lessons that will allow them to practice the skill of inquiry and also a particular data presentation technique.

Achieve 

In Year 9, students also have one hour per week of Geography where students begin to prepare serious foundations for GCSE. The students begin with a module looking at Coral Reefs and Tropical rainforests to build on the ecosystems knowledge that they have gained in Year 8. They then move on to study climate change and sustainable urban living which is a key GCSE theme. Next they will complete a module looking at globalisation and the interconnections that exist in the modern world. Finally, they will study a module looking at fieldwork and statistical skills which are now a critical part of preparation for the GCSE course. They will complete several investigation lessons that will allow them to practice the skill of inquiry and also a particular data presentation technique.

Aspire and Perform Curriculum

Students will follow the OCR A Geographical Themes (9-1) specification.

This course has three exams.

Paper 1: Living in the UK Today (30%)

This looks at landscapes of the UK, people of the UK and UK environmental challenges.

Paper 2: The World Around Us (30%)

This looks at ecosystems of the world, people of the world and world environmental challenges.

Paper 3: Geographical Skills (40%)

During the course we believe that where possible students should experience the geography they are studying so there will be field trip opportunities such as the River Mersey study, visiting Manchester and a residential trip.

Miss Ferguson is the Lead Teacher of Geography. She has 6 years of teaching experience and studied her Geography degree at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She has traveled to many places and enjoys the outdoors. She is passionate and enthusiastic about the subject and tries to instill this passion within the students. Miss Dixon also teaches Geography. She studied her geography degree at the University of Durham and has also has traveled extensively. She particularly enjoys physical geography. Miss Dixon runs Geography club with Year 7 and 8 students.