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Geography

“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents, and in the end, it’s about using that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” - Barack Obama

Geography is all about exploring the world and all its wonders. You will begin by discovering the world and its processes before exploring how humans interact and affect the world in which we live.

The journey begins with you showing your locational knowledge of the planet and grows into exploring places such as Tropical Rainforests and South Africa.

Following this we start to discover how powerful Mother Nature is and how it works to shape our planet, how our weather is created, why the land looks like it does and the dangers created by nature around the world.

Finally, we study the fascinating patterns of humans, looking at how we live, and the impact our life is having on the planet. We finish by discussing the future, how can we continue to live in harmony with the planet without exploiting it for all it is worth!

Further information

In Geography we always strive to learn outside of the classroom running many trips across the different year groups, in previous years these trips have included trips to the coasts such as Scarborough and the Holderness Coast and GCSE Trips to Sheffield and Peak District. 
Geography Experiences to Italy and Iceland with the department currently looking at options for future visits.
 

KS3 Geography 

The aim of KS3 Geography is to not only engage students with interesting and relevant world issues, but also to prepare them for the demands of new style GCSE examinations.

We aim to –

  • Challenge students to explore the complex nature of the planet

  • Show empathy to people who are not as fortunate as ourselves

  • Consider the impact of human action on the planet

  • Explore unique locations around the world


Curriculum Overview

Year 7 – A year developing key Geographical and Locational knowledge of both Human and Physical Geography. Topics include –  

  • The World Around Us

  • The Human World

  • The Natural World

  • African Exploration

  • Amazing Places


Year 8 - Exploring the complex nature of the relationship between Humans and Nature. Topics include –

  • Coastal Challenges

  • Dangerous Planet

  • Global Development
  • Worldwide Weather

  • Local Fieldwork


Year 9 – A flavor of the GCSE course – We will continue to build on the knowledge of the previous two years, and then towards the end of the year give the pupils a taste of the GCSE course itself. Topics include –

  • Climate Change
  • Extreme Weather

  • Cities and Urbanisation

  • Ecosystems

KS4 Geography 

We follow the EDEXCEL GCSE (9-1) GEOGRAPHY A: GEOGRAPHICAL THEMES AND CHALLENGES SPECIFICATION.

Curriculum Overview

Year 10 – A year of Human Geography. Topics include – 

  • Global Development
  • Changing Cities 
  • Resource and Water Management 
  • Fieldwork 

Year 11 – A year of Physical Geography. Topics include –  

  • The Changing Landscapes of the UK
  • River Landscapes and Processes
  • Coastal Landscapes and Processes
  • Ecosystems; Biodiversity and Management
  • Weather Hazards and Climate Change
  • UK Challenges

 
Assessment

GCSE assessment - 100% exam completed at the end of Year 11.

Unit 1 – Physical Geography with topics including – UK landscapes, Coasts, Rivers, Weather and Climate and Ecosystems.

Unit 2 – Human Geography with topics including – Changing Cities, Resource Management and Global Development.

Unit 3 – Fieldwork and Geographical Skills – 2 part exam replacing traditional Geography coursework with exam questions on the students fieldwork and on a range of skills including graphical and cartographic skills.

Useful Links & Revision Pointers:

For any information on the GCSE specification delivered, including assessment requirements, specifications, student support documents and past papers please see the edexcel website
Links to student resources, extended learning and revision materials can be found through Google Classroom and Seneca for GCSE groups. 

Staffing 
  • Miss R Neal - Head of Geography
  • Mr D Scholey – Associate Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss J Whetstone - Associate Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss N Tomkins - Year 7 Transition Leader
  • Miss P Alcock
  • Mrs A Maddock

Contact 

For further information please contact Miss R Neal (Head of Geography) via the school telephone number 01302 770589 or via email at rne@thehayfieldschool.co.uk