Geography aims to provide pupils with an understanding of the environment in which they live, from a local to a national scale. Topics studied include exploring Britain, extreme environments and coping with flooding.
As well as offering a broad knowledge base, the course enables pupils to use a range of skills both specific to geography and relating to other subjects.
In Year 7, pupils develop map skills and become more familiar with the Geography of the UK, and participate in a field visit to Manchester to study urban regeneration through sport. We also investigate a range of extreme environments around the globe, as well as developing a deeper understanding of the structure and history of planet earth..
Fieldwork plays an important role in Year 7 with pupils participating in an orienteering event in the school grounds as part of Humanities Day.
In Year 8, Geography helps pupils to understand the nature of the physical and human world around them and, importantly, how they are interconnected. Interesting topics include ecosystems and the rainforest biome, coasts, weather and climate and global warming.
Map work is taken further in Year 8 along with communication, numerical and graphical skills.
Primary data collection analysis and interpretation are encouraged throughout the year and through fieldwork.
The coastlines unit of work is supported and enhanced by a fieldtrip to Flamborough Head and the Holderness Coast.
In Year 9, Geography pupils will gain an awareness of physical environments and resources, an understanding of the differences between places and the diversity of cultures on a global scale, with particular reference to global development and inequalities, Fairtrade, the Geography of crime and coping with natural hazards.
Problem solving, thinking skills and decision making exercises form essential elements of the course, preparing students for the challenges of GCSE.
30 minutes once per week for all year groups.