What you will learn in KS3
At key stage 3 students receive two one-hour lessons a week and gain homework once every two weeks which is levelled assessed. Students are taught in their mixed ability, mixed sex tutor groups and remain with the same teacher throughout the year.
Over the three years students will learn a variety of topics which are outlined below:
In Year 7 students will study:
* What is Geography? Including map skills
* What is Britain like?
* How are Rivers and Flooding connected?
* Why does the weather change?
* What is Malawi like?
* Geography in the News.
Fieldwork: A local investigation.
In Year 8 students will study:
* What is Australia like?
* What is Brazil like?
* Why is the Tropical Rainforest being destroyed?
* Why and how was Haiti affected by an earthquake?
* Is tourism a good or bad thing?
In Year 9 students will study:
* Are some countries more developed than others?
* How does Globalisation affect places around the world?
* Should Coastal Environments be protected?
What you will learn in KS4
At Key stage 4 Geography is a popular option with growing numbers each year. Students receive three one-hour lessons each week and are given homework twice a week. They are taught in mixed ability, mixed sex groupings and remain with the same teacher throughout the two years.
Throughout the GCSE Course students follow the AQA syllabus B course were they study the following topic’s.
Throughout this unit we look how countries manage the effects of natural disasters. We look at recent case studies, for example the earthquake in Haiti, and the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland. We look at the different ways MEDC’s and LEDC’s react to these disasters.
- What are the causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and how do people prepare for and respond to them?
- What are the causes and effects of tropical storms and how do people prepare for and respond to them?
- What are the causes and effects of wildfires and how do people prepare for and respond to them?
Managing places in the 21st Century
Through this we look at the urban management of towns and cities and how it has been developed in order to make it sustainable. We discuss places from around the world to examine how these areas are now being managed. This develops ideas and thinking about how we manage our own lives and how management needs to be taken on sustainably.
The key questions studied are:
- To what extent do we live in an urban world?
- Responding to the urban challenges in developed countries?
- What are the opportunities and challenges created by urbanisation in developing countries?
- How can urban living be increasingly sustainable?
Investigating the Shrinking World. – Investigating Global Tourism
During this unit we discuss and develop the ideas of the global tourism and how it can be used to aid countries development. Throughout this we discuss the issues which face local people as well as communities and think about the social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges affecting these countries.
We develop the ideas of tourism and how tourism is being used to develop different places, as well as looking at the impacts of changing demographics and socio-economic status in much of the world.
The key questions studied are:
- How has the global tourist industry grown?
- What opportunities does the growth of the tourism industry create?
- How does tourism create challenges and conflicts?
- How can the tourist industry promote sustainable development?
Within this unit a fieldtrip to the New Forest is carried out to investigate the impact of honey-pot tourism on the town of Lyndhurst which is used as a valuable case study for students to apply to their exam and gives them ways in which these area can be managed to reduce conflicts which occur.
Students sit three one-hour exam papers during the two year course and carry out a local Investigation involving fieldwork and a Geographical Issue Investigation for 25% of their grade.
Students will participate in a variety of fieldtrips throughout the two years.
What you will learn in KS5
At Key stage 5 students are taught in mixed ability, mixed sex groups and currently have two teachers teaching the content. Students follow the CCEA GCE A level Geography Syllabus with examinations taking place at the end of the AS and A2 years.
The Year 12 students receive eight one-hour lessons over two weeks and receive homework twice a week. They study the following Human and Physical Geography topics:
1. Rivers and Flooding
2. Ecosystems and Mid-latitude Grasslands
3. Weather Systems and Extreme Weather Events
4. Population Structure and Resources
5. Challenges of Rural and Urban Environments
6. Development, Globalisation, Trade and Aid
At AS students are examined through two 90-minute exam papers which tests students on their Human and Physical Geography units, Geographical and Fieldwork skills.
North Norfolk - One week residential field course
The Year 13 students receive nine one-hour lessons over two weeks and receive homework twice a week. They study the following Human and Physical Geography topics:
1. Impacts of Population Change
2. Planning for Sustainable Settlements
3. Global Issue: Issues in Tourism
4. Fluvial and Coastal Environments
5. The Nature and Sustainability of Tropical Ecosystems
6. Decision-making Exercise
At A2 students are examined through one 90-minute exam paper which tests students on their Human Geography and Global Issues, and a 150-minute exam paper which tests students on their Physical Geography and Decision Making skills.