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 in an atlas.
  • Think about how / why local landforms have been formed.
  • At KS4 – use 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 trade links. Students will gain an overview of global trends and connections as well as individual places such as Svalbard in the Icy world or Changing China.

Assessment is done through independent research projects to develop decision making skills and classroom assessment questions in the style of GCSE exam questions.

Key Stage 4

Students in geography cover the Eduqas Geography GCSE Specification A course.

The course takes an enquiry approach to extend students' understanding of a range of geographical concepts, places and processes. The main themes create a balance between contemporary and traditional, human and physical geography.Topics covered include: Distinctive landscapes, Coastal hazards, Development issues, Weather and climate, Ecosystems, Resources issues, Rural-Urban Links. These subjects will be examined through 2 end of course examinations. Students will become familiar with these through regular practice of exam style questions. 

The final exam will be based on fieldwork and its application to wider conceptual frameworks within geography. Fieldwork is at the heart of geography and students will undertake at least 2 days 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.

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