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Geography

The Geography department aims to expand students understanding of the world in which they live, in which geography plays a significant part.

The Geography department is always striving to reflect on our work and our teaching. We strive to not only teach high quality lessons but give our pupils as many opportunities to gain an understanding of the local and wider environments. We are in the process of increasing the number of fieldwork opportunities across both Key Stages.  GCSE students in the last few months have experienced two different fieldwork opportunities, Bristol and Lyme Regis.

 

Foundation Stage

At the Foundation Stage students study a wide range of themes to not only get them ready for their personalization stage, but to give them a greater understanding of the world we live in.  In year 7 the students start by looking at their local environment where they learn basic map skills. In the second unit, students apply the map skills they have learnt to look at how industry is affecting Bridgwater and how the town is changing as a result of recent developments. Throughout the 2-year foundation stage, students are able to find out about a variety of both Physical and Human Geography, whilst also improving skills such as to be able to interpret, analyse and evaluate Geographical information. Every module we study at the foundation stage is loosely related to the GCSE content to ensure that our pupils are prepared in the best way possible if they continue onto GCSE.

Topics covered this Academic Year – KS3

Year 7

Year 8

Half Term 1

Map skills and our location in the world.

Population and Resources

Half Term 2

Industry in Bridgwater

Development Difficulties

Half Term 3

Weather and Climate

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Half Term 4

Climate Change

Battle for the Biosphere - Deserts

Half Term 5

Fantastic Cities

Battle for the Biosphere - Rainforests

Half Term 6

Coastal environments

Water World

 

Personalisation Stage

GCSE Geography

At GCSE our students study the AQA GCSE syllabus.  This incorporates three main units:

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

This unit will give students a sound understanding of important physical processes such as geological processes, ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate, and the hydrological cycle.  Some of the highlights of the unit include studying:

  • The challenge of natural hazards - earthquakes and volcanoes, and weather hazards such as hurricanes and climate change.
  • The living world - ecosystems such as tropical rainforests, where we study the Amazon rainforest in depth and cold hot environments.
  • Physical landscapes in the UK - coastal and river landscapes.  We will study case studies of how the British landscape has been formed. 

The whole course requires students to develop an in-depth knowledge of case studies which they need to be able to apply to the questions that will be put to them in the terminal exam.

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment

This unit focuses on human geography. In a similar way to Unit 1, it links together to build an overall understanding of human geography. Students study how populations grow and change, where people live and work, and how they exploit and use resources. Highlights of this unit include:

  • Urban issues and challenges - growth of cities around the world.  We look at the growth of Rio in Brazil and the impact of this on people and the environment.  Closer to home we study Bristol in detail.
  • The changing economic world -  we study the development gap, how Nigeria has changed, and look into The UK's economy.
  • The challenge of resource management - we look at how water is provided in the UK and abroad.

Unit 3: Geographical applications

In this unit students draw together knowledge, skills, and understanding from the full course of study. They evaluate issues showing the ability to think critically and problem-solve. A resource booklet will be available 12 weeks before the exam to allow students to interpret graphs, diagrams, statistics, photographs, satellite images, etc. before answering questions on them in the exam. There is also a fieldwork element, where students need to have undertaken two geographical enquiries outside of the classroom. Visits take place in Bristol and Lyme Regis where students develop their fieldwork skills.

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