The department aims to develop in students an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.
- Mrs N. Wheeler Subject Leader – Geography
- Mrs A. Holden
- Mrs S.J. Sammons
“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose”. Michael Palin
Geography is the study of the changing world in which we live. The department aims to develop in students an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.
The programme contains both physical and human topics and aims to promote environmental awareness and an appreciation of different cultures and levels of development.
Year 7 – the world in which we live, mapwork skills, settlement, plate tectonics, weathering, erosion and rock types.
Year 8 – tropical rain forest, coastal landforms, weather, Brazil
Year 9 – development including Ghana as a case study, tourism and leisure and river studies..
KS 4/5 Geography
Exam Board: AQA GCSE Geography 8035
The GCSE Geography course aims to further develop the skills and concepts learnt during Key Stage 3, as well as providing a sound basis for the students who go on to study the subject at a higher level. The chosen specification is contemporary, so we make use of up to date case studies and material; students are therefore developing their understanding of the world in which we live and the skills that they need to be successful in that world.
Paper 1 – Living with the Physical Environment
- Natural hazards – tectonics, weather hazards and climate change
- Living world – ecosystems, tropical rainforest and cold environments
- Physical landscapes in the UK – rivers and glacial
Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment
- Urban issues and challenges – pattern of urban change (urbanisation), Case study of challenges and opportunities in a LIC or NEE and Case study of UK city (change, challenges), Urban sustainability
- Changing economic world – population and development, globalisation
- Challenge of resource management – including a study of one of food, water and energy
Paper 3 – Geography Applications
- Issue Evaluation
- Fieldwork skills
Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and will give students the opportunity to learn how to plan investigations and collect data that they can then present and interpret.
AS and A Level
Assessment: AS – Examinations (100%), A Level – Examination (80%) and Independent Investigation (20%)
Exam board and specification: AQA A level Geography 7037 draft and AS level Geography 2036 draft
What will I study?
Contemporary geography is a subject which explicitly engages with the relationship of human populations with each other over space and time, and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global. Geography therefore complements arts and science subjects, as well as being a valuable subject in its own right.
The core content will be covered by all specifications (60% of content):
- Landscape systems – most likely to focus on Coastal Systems
- The Water and Carbon cycle;
- Global systems and Governance – which will focus on one of the following areas – all of which are highly relevant to the increasingly interconnected world in which we all live and work:
- Human Development/life expectancy;
- Global population migration
- Changing Places – this will focus a local area and at least one contrasting area.
- Geographical skills such as data analysis and effective communication.
The remaining 40% is likely to include:
- Tectonic Processes and Hazards
- One of the following areas: Climate Change; Disease Dilemmas; Exploring oceans or the Future of Food.
The AS examination will include questions to test fieldwork skills; the A Level will examine these skills though an Independent Investigation of 3000-4000 words. Fieldwork is, therefore, an essential part of the course allowing you the opportunity to actually experience and investigate what you are learning about in the classroom; you will take part in a number of fieldwork activities with at least 2 days fieldwork at AS and 4 days at A Level. There is likely to be a residential trip.
Geography lessons at Kendrick are varied and there is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. Geography provides the opportunity to improve both your applied numeracy skills, as well as enhancing your essay/report writing skills.