Students are introduced to new skills and concepts in their first year. They begin the year with the topic ‘What skills do we need to answer our questions?’ in which they learn map reading skills, how to use data, analyse photographs, and draw graphs. The next topic encourages students to understand the importance of studying Geography and what role they play in the world. They study how plants and animals adapt to their environment. Building on this, they then look at the development of settlements, volcanoes and begin to practice field work skills by looking at their school environment.
Students study the natural processes that shape land and how rivers work. They then build on their work from Year 7 on settlements by investigating the development of cities and their sustainability. The next topic ‘What threats do we face in the future’ develops the idea of sustainability and the human responsibilities in caring for the environment. Here the causes, effects and solutions to global warming are explored. In Year 8 students study coastlines, and the economic development of countries around the world through trade and aid. The year ends with ‘Paradise Lost’ a case study looking at the positive and negative effects of tourism in Thailand.
Students taking GCSE Geography will start AQA unit 1 The Restless Earth. This unit is split into three: Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Rocks, Resources and Scenery and The Coastal Zone.
Years 10 and 11
In Year 10 students will then focus on human geography in unit 2. This covers: Population change, The Development Gap which looks at the development gap between countries around the world and Tourism.
Unit 3 is a local fieldwork investigation which is written up as a controlled assessment.