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
  • Earth and its people
  • Water, Water Everywhere!
  • Rich v Poor

Year Eight

  • Make Poverty History
  • Your Climate, Your Life
  • The Coastal Zone
  • Living Things

Year Nine

  • Paradise Lost
  • Restless Earth
  • Global Fashion
  • Begin GCSE studies

KS4

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

In Year 10 students study:-

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 will study:-

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 (Year 11).