Geography

'The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils' own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.'

At St. Peter’s Academy, Geography seeks to develop a sense of awe, wonder, understanding and expertise in knowing about our ever changing world. Students are encouraged to develop an appreciation for their local and national communities, as well understanding their place on the global stage.

Across KS3, students explore a wide range of topics, including –

Year Seven

  • Surviving an Island- Students develop a wide range of appropriate map skills and techniques.
  • Water, Water Everywhere- Students investigate the route that a river takes and learn how key features and landforms are produced.
  • The Mighty Jungle- A physical unit where students are able to compare the different characteristics between different Biomes.
  • Make poverty History- A human unit that focuses on global patterns of poverty. Students will investigate the reasons why these global patterns of poverty may exist and how governments around the world are trying to make poverty history.

Year Eight

  • Your Climate, Your Life- Students will critically think about what climate change is and why it’s important to our lives.
  • The Coastal Zone- In year 8 students will have the opportunity to explore how coastal processes lead to the creation of new landforms.
  • Risky World- Students will explore the locations of earthquakes and volcanoes on a global scale and investigate the processes that cause volcanic eruptions.
  • Development-An investigation into the impacts of consumer choice on people in developing countries, and on the global environment.
  • Globalisation- Students explore the factors that have driven globalisation and look at the impacts of TNCs on newly industrialised countries.

KS4 (NEW GCSE- Eduqas Spec B)

Theme 1- Changing Places and Changing Economics

Urbanisation in Contrasting Global Cities

Urban and Rural Processes in the UK

A Global Perspective on Development Issues

Theme 2- Changing Environments

Coasts and Coastal Management

Rivers and River Management

Weather and Climate

Climate Change

Theme 3- Environmental Challenges

How ecosystems function

Ecosystems under threat

Water resources and management

Desertification

How are students assessed?

Exam Paper 1 (40%) 1hr 45mins: Investigating Geographical Issues (Based on the three themes)

Exam Paper 2 (30%) 1hr 30mins: Problem Solving Geography (Based on the three themes)

Exam Paper 3 (30%) 1hr 30mins: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

2 local fieldtrips (1 human and 1 physical) Exam will focus on the theory of fieldwork techniques including data and statistics.

Current Year 11

Currently, learners studying GCSE Geography (WJEC, Geography A) complete two examinations and two pieces of Controlled Assessment.

In Year 10 students studied:-

The Core Exam paper (40% of the final grade/ 1hr 45 exam)

  • Water
  • Living in an Active Zone
  • Climate Change
  • Changing Populations
  • Globalisation
  • Development

In Year 11 students are currently studying:-

The Options Paper (35% of the final grade/ 1hr 15 exam)

  • Our Changing Coastlines
  • Tourism
  • Retail and Urban Change

Controlled Assessment (25% of the final grade)

  • Decision Making Exercise 15%
  • Enquiry Project 10%

What do students have to say about Geography?

“Geography is an interesting subject where you learn a wide variety of topics. I enjoy learning about different locations and visiting them on fieldtrips. My favourite topics are development where we learnt about regional inequalities in Ghana and I also really enjoyed Living in an Active Zone where we learnt about monitoring and predicting earthquakes and volcanoes. I enjoy lessons in Geography because we do a lot of group tasks such as Quiz Quiz Trades and the staff are very supportive and encouraging”. Written by Lucinda Ball and Rebecca Wright (2016 Year 11 leavers).