Teachers of Geography
- Dr T J Belliss
- Mrs E Flemington
- Mr A Jewell
- Mrs L Kenny
- Miss B L Paling (Curriculum Lead)
- Ms B Mombo
- Miss A Brooks
- Mr S Rowan
- Miss I Turner
Our Vision for Geography
Key Stage 3
Map skills and the UK – An introductory unit into Geography with foundational skills covered including: map reading, locating continents and oceans, identifying human and physical features, investigating UK regions, using both paper and digital maps and the beginnings of fieldwork enquiry.
Scandinavia – In this unit, students cross the North Sea to investigate the more northern parts of Europe. The focus of the unit is graph skills and evaluation. Students examine both human and physical topics, for example: northern biomes, climate and climate change, impacts of global warming on civilians, volcanoes and glaciers, geothermal power and sustainable resources.
Asia – Students will explore the largest continent on Earth at the end of the year with a particular focus on knowledge and causes/impacts. This unit utilises numerous case studies such as India, Mumbai, North and South Korea, Bangladesh and Bhutan to showcase a variety of geographical topics. These include: population and demography, plate tectonics and hazards, development and globalisation. The unit ends with a link to Scandinavia and how climate change affects more than just one region.
North America – This unit builds upon the human and physical divide to Geography with seamless links between the two in some cases. Lessons cover: development and globalisation with a comparative case study and then tectonic and meteorological hazards.
South America – Students will investigate the climate of South America before venturing into the rainforests of the Amazon. Here students will learn about the forest itself, its people and its animals before exploring the impact on it caused by humans. Knowledge of tectonic hazards will be developed further along with urbanisation as megacities will begin to be explained.
Africa – The final unit of year 8 sees students delve into the developing continent. Students study lots of human geography, looking into: development, corruption, population, barriers to further development, etc. The Sahara Desert will be studied too, so as to compare life in the desert to life in the rainforest.
At Year 9 our teaching shifts to more country-based case studies thereby reflecting the approach to case study teaching at Key Stage 4 and 5. We examine 3 countries from around the world, making sure to include as many skills and themes as possible.