Geography

Geography

AIMS

Geography is everywhere and we want to bring this to life. Our aim is to inspire all students at QEGS to develop an enquiring mind into the world around them. The topics we cover encourage students to think not just globally or nationally but allow them to recognise the importance of processes locally too. Geography has a key role in ensuring all students become informed global citizens who have the confidence and skills necessary to question and understand the diverse world around them. Geography is taught by experienced, enthusiastic and passionate subject specialists, it allows pupils to understand, describe and explain the everchanging landscape of the modern world. We look at how physical systems have an impact on human systems and vice versa. We will ask the big questions and try to answer them.

CURRICULUM

At KS3 geography is a compulsory subject, four lessons per cycle in Year 7, 8 and 9.

Year 7

After completing a baseline assessment pupils in Year 7 will study;

  • Where am I?
    In this topic, pupils will develop locational knowledge, including the physical and human characteristics of places. Pupils will also learn to interpret Ordnance Survey maps through studying the local area.
  • Megacities
    Pupils will study urbanisation and its impact on people and places in both high and low income countries. Pupils will look at various case studies to discover how cities can be managed sustainably.
  • Weather hazards
    Pupils will learn how we measure and forecast the weather and how weather systems are responsible for extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves and snowstorms. Pupils will also develop their enquiry skills through a school microclimate study which involves; collecting, analysing, presenting and concluding geographical data.
  • Urban change in the UK
    In this topic pupils will investigate where people live and how sites for early settlements were chosen. Pupils will also investigate how settlements change over time. We will look at Bristol, Liverpool, London and a local study of Blackburn, Ribchester and Middlebrook.
  • The British Coast
    In this topic pupils, will study coastal processes and understand how and why our coast is constantly changing. Pupils will gain an insight into coastal erosion, flooding and its management, recognising issues such as conflict and sustainability.

Year 8

  • Planet Earth
    In this topic, pupils will study contrasting environmental regions and understand how climate, rocks and soil effect the flora and fauna of an ecosystem. Tropical rainforest, hot desert and cold environments will be studied in detail as we explore global ecosystems with the help of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series.
  • BRIC
    Pupils will discover the location, characteristics and diversity that exists within the newly emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
  • Rocks, weathering and erosion
    In this topic, pupils will focus on studying different types of rocks, how they are created and the impact that weathering and erosion has on our landscape and the landforms they create.
  • River landscapes
    Pupils will discover the water cycle, the journey a river takes from its source to its mouth and the landforms that are created. This topic will be complimented by an investigation into the economic activities that rivers can present.
  • Geography in the news
    In this topic, pupils will discover the geography behind the rapidly changing world around them. This topic is ever changing and diverse, pupils will have the opportunity to suggest current affairs that they wish to investigate which could range from climate change to political issues.

Year 9

  • Fantastic and impossible places
    In this topic, pupils will discover various places across the world investigating the physical and human characteristics that govern its landscape. Places investigated range from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales to Svalbard in Norway.
  • Tectonic Hazards
    Pupils will look at the theory of plate tectonics and how physical landscapes were created through these processes. Pupils will understand how and why earthquakes and volcanoes occur along with the impacts of hazards on people and places in both high and low income countries.
  • The Developing World
    In this topic pupils will investigate counties of contrasting levels of development to gain an insight into the primary, secondary and tertiary and quaternary job roles within countries. Pupils will look at how development is measured and understand why development is so uneven across the world.
  • Before the flood
    In this topic pupils will investigate the causes, impacts and solutions the the ongoing issue of climate change. Pupils will use the Leonardo Di Caprio 2016 documentary ‘Before the Flood’ as the basis of this investigation.
  • Tropic of Cancer
    Pupils will journey across the Tropic of Cancer looking at the human and physical challenges that exist in some of the countries across the tropic. Pupils will be guided with Simon Reeve’s documentary series “Tropic of Cancer” to investigate the geography of conflict, water issues, sustainability in rapidly evolving cities, and flooding in one of the world’s poorest counties.
  • Global resource management
    Pupils will investigate this contemporary issues regarding energy, food and water resources. Pupils will look at the advantages and disadvantages as well as sustainable solutions to the issues of supply and demand.

At KS4, Geography is an optional subject. Pupils are given six lessons per cycle to study the AQA Geography GCSE course.

Year 10

  • Urban challenges
    • The global pattern of urban change
    • Urban growth in Rio de Janerio
    • Urban challenges in the UK
    • Sustainable development of urban areas
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
    • The physical diversity of the UK
    • Coastal landscapes
    • River or Glacial landscapes
  • The changing economic world
    • Economic development and quality of life
    • Reducing the global development gap
    • Economic development in Nigeria
    • Economic change in the UK
  • The living world
    • Ecosystems
    • Tropical rainforests

In Year 10 pupils will investigate the hypothesis “There is evidence the negative impacts of tourism in a glaciated upland area are being managed successfully” in Grasmere, Lake District National Park.

Year 11

  • The living world
    • Hot deserts or cold environments
  • The challenge of natural hazards
    • Natural hazards
    • Tectonic hazards across the world
    • Weather hazards in the UK
    • Climate change and its impact on the UK
  • The challenge of resource management
    • Global resource management
    • Resources in the UK
    • Food or Water or Energy use in the UK

In Year 11 students will investigate the hypotheses “Areas with a more diverse population are more likely to have more diverse shops and services” in Lancaster and Blackburn.

The course is examined in three exams, a physical paper, human paper and an issue evaluation paper where fieldwork skills will also be assessed.

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

All geography rooms are equipped with overhead projectors and students have the opportunity to complete investigations within one of the many computer suites across school.

At KS4 and KS5 students are given a copy of a relevant text book to accompany their studies, these will be used both within lesson and for homework tasks.

As a department, we subscribe to Digimaps, Geography Review, GeoFactsheet, GeoScience and are members of the Geographical Association.

We have a vast library of geographical videos, OS Maps, atlas’ and textbooks for use within lessons. To allow students to participate fully in fieldwork opportunities we have all equipment necessary to complete river studies, climate investigations and geological studies.

TRIPS AND VISITS

Our fieldwork trips bring the processes we have studied within the classroom to life. Every year group conducts an investigation where all students collect, analyse, present and interpret the data collected in the field.

In Year 7 all pupils will conduct an investigation into sea defences and tourist facilities at Morecambe, Lancashire.

In Year 8 all pupils will investigate the economic opportunities along the rivers that make the Ingleton waterfalls trail as part of the river landscapes module.

In Year 9 all pupils will look at the landscape of Malham as part of the Fantastic and Impossible places topic.

In Year 10 all pupils who study GCSE Geography will investigate how the impacts of tourism are being managed in Grasmere and along the Easedale Tarn walk in the Lake District, this forms part of their paper 3 preparation.

In Year 11 all pupils who study GCSE Geography will investigate diversity and correlation between the range shops and services in Lancaster and Blackburn.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Various extra-curricular opportunities exist at QEGS for budding Geographers.

The Mission Explore programme runs throughout Michaelmas term and encourages Year 7 pupils to explore the world around them by completing various missions. These will earn students credits and geography prizes.

Each lunch small groups of students will use equipment to take accurate readings of the local weather to update our BBC Weather Watchers profile.

Geography is everywhere and is everything as Year 9 explore on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes in QEGS Geographic. Students get the opportunity to watch and investigate contemporary geographical issues through various documentaries and newspaper articles including the impact of Star Wars and Game of Thrones on filming locations, plastic pollution in earth’s oceans, supervolcanic eruptions, migration crises, growth of the smartphone and so much more.

Geography clinics are an important activity for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils who are given a timetable of topics that will be covered to give an extra boost for exam skills and problem topics.

The first QEGS Young Geographer of the Year competition will be run in 2018 across the school with the winners being entered into the national RGS competition with the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum in London.

We also regularly run trips to Iceland and plan to go even further afield in the coming years.

Uganda Good Samaritan Primary School, Kampala

For several years Mr Buckingham has lead a project to raise funds for the school in Kampala. Sixth Form students have the opportunity to travel to Uganda to implement positive change in the Primary School, an experience that is win-win for all involved. The project runs every other year due to the large amount of fundraising required, all students are set a personal target to raise £250 each. This is in addition to group fundraising projects like swimming the length of the English Channel in our swimming pool, Afternoon Tea and a Fashion Show. As a school we have raised over £25,000 since the project began in 2010. Every penny raised by the group goes to the project.

Miss J Purvis
Subject Leader Geography