Geography

The aim of the Geography Department is to ensure that all students develop an appreciation of how people interact with the environment around them.  In simple terms, Geography is the study of where places are, what they are like and what life is like in them.

Our aim in the Geography Department is to help to make students more aware of their global citizenship status. We investigate many issues facing the world today including coastal erosion, the loss of the tropical rainforests, Global warming, globalisation and migration and focus on how we can manage these issues sustainably. These issues, as well as traditional geography, are taught throughout the key stages.

School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

  • Specialist teaching classrooms
  • A wide range of specialist fieldwork equipment
  • DVDs and interactive materials to exemplify the topics being studied.

Useful Links

KS3 Geography

Years 7, 8, 9

Geography in Year 7, 8 and 9 is taught for three periods a fortnight by specialist staff.  The Year 7 Geography course begins to explore the concepts of place, scale and physical and human processes. These skills are developed further in Year 8 and Year 9 by introducing the concepts of cultural understanding and diversity as well as environmental interaction and sustainability and diversity.  

 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Introduction to Geography
The UK
Geomorphology Tectonic Activity
Map and Atlas Skills Globalisation The Geography of Film
Weather and Climate Equatorial Ecosystems Managing Environmental Issues
Settlement Population and Migration Weather Systems
River Basins Industry Development
What is Sustainability? Managing Global Issues Humanities Cross Curricular  Project


What skills students develop

  • Problem Solving
  • Analysis skills
  • Decision making
  • Discussion skills
  • Graphicacy and interpretation of data
  • Map and Atlas skills
  • Numeracy and literacy skills

How students are assessed

Each student completes six Geography assessments a year, which assess the student’s knowledge and understanding and their geographical skills. Each student will gain a National Curriculum level for each assessment, tracking their progress and evaluating the student’s strength in each unit. Regular knowledge tests and assessment of class work occur throughout the year. Students’’ work is self-assessed, peer assessed and teacher assessed throughout the year.

Homework

Students complete six PLT homework tasks throughout the year, complementing the work completed in their Geography and CLASS lessons.

How parents can help

Ask questions about what your child has learnt in geography; what topics they are studying, interesting facts they have learnt, how the world is affected by people. There are also many local places of geographical interest which may support their learning; these are listed below.  Look out for geographical documentaries on TV. There have been some excellent series such as Tribe, Coast, Human Planet and Mega Cities, all of which would be of value to your child’s appreciation of the geographical world.

School Trips

Year 8 – Seaford Head and Saltdean to investigate coastal management.

 

KS4 Geography (Students who commenced their course before September 2016)

GCSE Graded A*-G

Years 10 & 11

Board and Exam Details – AQA A (9030)

Geography is a very popular subject at KS4. Students can opt to continue their studies by following the AQA syllabus A which has a focus on on the geographical processes that shape our world.  Through studying physical and human geography, students should develop a clear view of the world in the first part of the 21st century.

Course Outline

Students will complete units in both Human and Physical Geography

Physical Geography

Section A

  • The Restless Earth
  • Rocks, Resources and Scenery
  • Challenge of Weather and Climate
  • Living World

Section B

  • Water on the Land
  • Ice on the Land
  • The Coastal Zone

Human Geography

Section A

  • Population Change
  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Changing Rural Environments

Section B

  • The Development Gap
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism

What skills students develop

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Graphical and cartographical skills
  • Technological skills, including ICT and GIS
  • Interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Problem solving skills
  • Independent learning

How students are assessed

Students are assessed through external linear assessment. The examinations are in the summer term of Yr. 11.

Unit 1: Physical Geography 

Written Paper  – 1 hour 30 mins – 75 marks – 3 7.5%

Unit 2: Human Geography 

Written Paper  – 1 hour 30 mins – 75 marks – 3 7.5%

Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation

Controlled assessment – 60 marks – 25%

Homework

Students will receive homework four times a fortnight. This is designed to last up to an hour. The aim of homework at GCSE is to consolidate and further understanding of the concepts taught and discussed in lessons.

How parents can help

Ask questions about what your child has learnt in geography; what topics they are studying, interesting facts they have learnt, how the world is affected by people.  Look out for geographical documentaries on TV. Encourage your child to watch the news and to read a broadsheet newspaper; this will further develop their understanding of global geographical issues.

Extra-curricular Activities

Geography Club – Wednesday after school

School Trips

Local Area Fieldwork to collect data for the controlled assessment. Trips are made to the River Mole and to Epsom.

KS4 Geography (Students who commenced their course after September 2016)

GCSE Graded 9-1

Board and Exam Details

AQA (8035)

Course Outline

Geography is a very popular subject at KS4. Students can opt to continue their studies by following the AQA syllabus, which has a focus on the geographical processes that shape our world.  Through studying physical and human geography, students should develop a clear view of the world in the first part of the 21st century.  Students will complete units in both Physical and Human Geography.

Living with the Physical Environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • The Living world

Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Geographical Applications

  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

What skills students develop

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Graphical and cartographical skills
  • Technological skills, including ICT and GIS
  • Interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Problem solving skills
  • Independent learning

How students are assessed

Students are assessed through external linear assessment.  The examinations are in the summer term of Year 11.

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

Written paper  – 1 hour 30 mins – 88 marks – 35% (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

Written paper  – 1 hour 30 mins – 88 marks – 35% (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)

Paper 3: Geographical Applications

1 hour – 76 marks – 30%

Homework

Students will receive homework four times a fortnight.  This is designed to last up to an hour.  The aim of homework at GCSE is to consolidate and further understanding of the concepts taught and discussed in lessons.

How parents can help

Ask questions about what your child has learnt in geography; what topics they are studying; interesting facts they have learnt; and how the world is affected by people.  Look out for geographical documentaries on TV.  Encourage your child to watch the news and to read a broadsheet newspaper; this will further develop their understanding of global geographical issues.

Extra-curricular Activities

Geography Club – Wednesday after school

School Trips

Local Area Fieldwork to collect data for the controlled assessment. Trips are made to the River Mole and to Epsom.