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Geography - Key Stage 3

Why study Geography?

Students will learn about a range of contemporary and historical global issues. This is to help students understand that Humanities has a holistic element to the subjects and also to deepen understanding of how the UK and Plymouth links to the wider world such as discovery and reasons of migration & how the geography of the city and its surrounding area has enabled it to be the city it is now. Students also learn about what impacts they can create and how they can shape the future environmentally, economically and socially.

In Yr7 we focus on SuperPowers – analyzing the geography and changes in Nigeria and China. Climate Change – discovering the human causes and strategies to mitigate effects of climate change. Changing Dartmoor – focusing on the physical and economic changes that have/are taking place within the Dartmoor National Park.

Geography of Water looks at processes, features, security and management. In year 8 we move onto Natural Hazards, Ocean Plastics & Coastal Challenge which look at processes, features, development and management and consolidates processes such as erosion, transportation & deposition.

Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams). We also provide opportunities for students to be assessed through presentations, fieldwork reports etc

Students undertake local enquiry fieldwork in and around the school premises so as to develop crucial geographical skills and techniques. It also enables the students to ask questions about the world around them.

Students can access on-line resources such as Kerboodle and BBC Bitesize.

Geography - Key Stage 4

Why study Geography?

It helps students make sense of the world around them. It helps with understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is also an important link between the natural and social sciences. As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures and so are able to have a better grasp of contemporary physical and human issues.

Yr9 the students cover the topics of Living World, Cold Environments (which both build upon features and physical changes of locations such as Dartmoor), Urban Challenges in the UK, Tectonic Hazards, River Landscapes (developing processes, features and management from Geography of Water) and Resource Management (consolidating and developing knowledge and understanding from Climate Change, Ocean Plastics and SuperPowers).

In Yr10 the topics of Urban Challenges in LICs, Atmospheric Hazards & Climate Change & Development Gap are studied along with the mandatory human and physical elements of the course. In Yr11 we complete the course with Development Gap, Changing Economies in the UK and Nigeria and Unit 3 Resource Booklet.

Students will be provided with a range of assessments ranging from Low Stake Tests, at the start of every lesson, to develop knowledge recall and retention through to end of unit assessments (which will be similar to GCSE style exams). Students sit mock examinations at the end of yr10, in November & March of their Yr11 studies.

Residential visits to London and one of Sicily, Iceland and Naples. Mandatory physical geography fieldwork to Exeter (river features, processes and management). Termly visits to variety of geographical locations for targeted PP & HA ability students including Lyme Regis, Eden Project, Lydford Gorge, Water treatment plant.

Revision guides available for purchase at subsidized rate for the GCSE examinations. The department also supports students with small group and one to one sessions after school to develop examination skills.