Geography

 

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Subject Leader: Mrs R Champion 

Subject Leader Email Address: rebecca.champion@swale.at

 

Everywhere's been where it is ever since it was first put there.  It's called geography.

TERRY PRATCHET

Subject overview

Geography is the study of places, and the relationships between people and their environments. As geographers, students explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies distributed across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment, and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. 

Our geography curriculum is relevant and meaningful in order to enable our students to become successful and confident individuals through the practice of being independent enquirers, team workers, effective participators, creative thinkers, self managers and reflective learners.

Year 7

This introductory year focuses entirely on the UK - enabling students to explore the UK within the context of Europe and the wider world. Next, students investigate the stunning and dramatic physical landscapes within the UK - rivers, coasts and glaciers. Students then study people within the UK - their diversity, plus population patterns and migration. Finally, the challenges and opportunities facing the UK are considered - poverty, water supplies, waste management, pollution and energy. 

Year 8

Students begin this year with a focus on the intriguing topic of weather and climate - the recording and forecasting of weather, to include extreme weather events across the world. A contrasting topic of world cities is studied next, with urbanisation as an introductory concept leading into an exploration of megacities and sustainable cities. Students then move onto global issues, to include plastic pollution, climate change, sustainable tourism, wilderness areas under threat and conflict zones. These are studied in depth, allowing students to investigate how the world could be a better place. With the mindset of an environmental activist, students will conduct  a research project of their choice.

Year 9

The final year, the Key Stage 3 curriculum begins with an introduction to our physical world - locating the continents, oceans, seas and major rivers. This leads on to the exhilarating study of tectonic activity - volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and extreme weather events follow, when students will identify global patterns of weather events and the reasons behind these. Students also investigate the ‘unequal world’ - patterns of development, reasons for inequality and possible solutions. The final topic is our living world, with fascinating studies of small-scale (local) ecosystems and large scale (global) ecosystems. This includes  detailed coverage of both land and water-based biomes. 

Throughout their Key Stage 3 geography studies, students will develop a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, plus the interpretation of photographs, maps and satellite imagery. This will equip them with the necessary skills for the GCSE course, where they will be developed further .

Year 10 / Year 11


The AQA GCSE Geography specification is delivered within a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.The qualification awarded is based on student performance across three papers:

Living with the physical environment:
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: The living world
Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment:
Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management 

Geographical applications:
Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork

Why study geography?

Geography helps students to make sense of the world around them. Also, geographers are employable, with one of the highest rates of graduate employment. 

Careers for those with geography qualifications include: 

- cartographer
- GIS analyst
- environmental scientist
- geoscientist
- teacher
- environmental planner
- geopolitical analyst
- hydrologist
- intelligence analyst
- land use planner/analyst
- marketing analyst
- urban/regional planner