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Geography is the study of People and the Places where they live. It is our aim to teach students about the wider world and the effects that humans can have on our planet. This contributes to student,s  Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education as well as Geography teaches students about different ways of life around the planet but also gives them a sense of identity about where they come from.

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students investigate and understand their local area and how it compares to others. They learn to become active geographers; with opportunity for ‘hands on’ practical fieldwork outside the classroom in the form of a microclimate enquiry and map work. They will broaden their horizons by study topics including Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Weather, Globalisation, Settlement and Population, Tropical Rainforests, River and Flooding. They also develop enquiring minds by considering topics of ‘how should our coastlines be managed?, ‘Is world trade fair?’ and ‘Should we give aid?’

We aim to raise environmental awareness and enable students to develop skills such as literacy, numeracy and ICT. There are plenty of opportunities for students to use their own initiative, either working independently or collaboratively in groups.

Key Stage 4

Students are currently studying Edexcel B Exam Specification for Geography and this contributes to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) certification. This is awards to any student who secures good GCSE or accredited Certificate passes in English, Maths, Science, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanities subject such as History or Geography. 
At the end of the GCSE Geography course, students are required to complete three exam papers as outlined below. 
Paper 1: Global Geographical Issues (37.5% of GCSE) 
1 hour 30 minutes – 94 marks
Topic 1: Hazardous Earth
Topic 2: Development Dynamics
Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

Paper 2: UK Geographical Issues (37.5%)
1 hour 30 minutes – 94 marks
Topic 4: UK physical landscape (Coasts/rivers)
Topic 5: UK human landscape 
Topic 6: Geographical investigation (human and physical fieldwork)

Paper 3: People and Environmental Issues (Decision making paper) (25%) 
1 hour 30 minutes – 64 marks
Topic 7: People and the biosphere
Topic 8: Forests under threat
Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Students are also offered the opportunity to attend a residential trip where they are able to complete two fieldwork investigations on urban change of a town and the coastal management strategies along the Norfolk coast. 

 

Staff

 

Miss E McAdoo - Department Leader & Lead Practitioner

Mrs. A Clarke

Mr J. McDonald