Head of Subject: Miss Amy Sparrow
With an ever changing world, Geography grapples with the key issues of our time — energy, water, biodiversity, climate, natural hazards, population, and much more. Not only does geography cover the wider questions of whys and where but it is also full of skills including the decision making skills often required in the world after school. Our curriculum is constantly being developed to connect with the real world issues that will become important to students whilst giving them the skills to question and respond to the issues. In order to help foster an interest in the world around them, you could help students by:
· Encourage them to take an interest in the news and current affairs
· Explore programmes such as planet earth and discuss issues raised
· Look at places on maps or in an atlas
· Think about how / why local landforms have been formed
· At KS4 – use BBC Bitesize and revision websites. Keep a folder of news articles or wider reading around the topics we do in class.
Key Stage 3
Topics in key stage 3 range from local, Redruth and its surroundings, to global, resources issues and its impact in different locations. They cover a range of physical geography including coastal landforms and glaciers as well as human geography; conflict, population change and global trade. Students will gain an overview of global trends and connections as well as individual places such as Norilsk in the Icy World or Mumbai in World Cities.
Assessment is done through a combination of skills based tasks and knowledge and understanding assessments in the style of GCSE exam questions.
Key Stage 4
Students in geography cover the AQA GCSE Geography course.
Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Fieldwork is at the heart of geography and students will undertake at least 1 day of compulsory fieldwork during their course. This allows students to understand the enquiry process, become more independent, and develop their wider geographical understanding in a real world context.
This is assessed in three end of course examinations.
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
- Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
- Section B: The living world
- Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK (Coasts and Rivers)
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
- Section A: Urban issues and challenges
- Section B: The changing economic world
- Section C: The challenge of resource management (Water)
Paper 3: Geographical applications
- Section A: Issue evaluation
- Section B: Fieldwork