Welcome to the Geography Department
Mrs K Reid – Head of Geography
Miss C O’Sullivan – KS3 Coordinator
Ms E Thorogood – KS4 Coordinator
Mrs S Le Gars – KS3 Geography Teacher
We aim to promote, encourage and develop an interest and enthusiasm for the study of geography. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, processes and challenges found in a variety of physical and human environments from the local, national and global scale. Students will learn a range of skills including fieldwork, map skills, graphical skills, independent research and forming and expressing opinions in written and discussion work. As Michael Palin, past president of the RGS stated, ‘Geography illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’
Key Stage 3
Students will study the UK, the continent of Africa and river systems in Year 7. In Year 8 the focus will be on Asia with a study of China, coastal systems and urban processes. In Year 9 Russia is our country of study, tectonic activity and weather systems. Key skills of map work, graphical work, GIS, independent research and extended writing will underpin all of these topics.
Key Stage 4
Students study AQA GCSE 8035. This involved a study of physical geography including natural hazards, ecosystems, river and glacial processes. In human geography topics range from the changing economic world, urban issues and challenge and resource security. Fieldwork is completed in Somerset in Year 10 and this will form the basis of the third paper students will be examined on with an issue evaluation paper also added.
Key Stage 5
Students will study AQA ‘A’ Level 7037. This covers a study of physical geography; water and carbon, coastal systems and hazards. In human geography students examine global systems and governance, changing place and population and environment. Students also complete their NEA based on fieldwork data collected in Cumbria, which is 20% of the exam.