The Geography curriculum is designed to give all students the confidence and experience to help inform and shape ideas; investigating human and physical strands of the multi-faceted subject. This will enable students to become global citizens and have the cultural literacy to be role models for the future and set a trail for others to emulate. Considering themes such as sustainability, development, globalisation and climate change in their everyday lives.
Geography offers the opportunity to study a range of topics that investigate the physical processes of our planet, human societies and the economic and environmental challenges within the local, national and global context. This gives students the confidence to interact with the wider world, leading to fulfilled and positive life experiences. The curriculum encourages students to ask questions, develop critical thinking skills, and layer a deeper understanding of complex concepts as the course navigates through the curriculum.
Geographical skills are embedded within units of work throughout all key stages. Students develop their cartographic, graphical, ICT and GIS skills. Fieldwork enquiries enable students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding within both human and physical Geography.
Geography bridges the curriculum from the physical process in Science, creativity in English to the quantitative skills of Mathematics. Students are able to use these connections to excel in the wider world.
At Key Stage 3 students study Geography for two (1 hour) lessons per week. The school year is divided into several units with tests taking place at the end of each unit of work. The units look at a range of physical and human aspects of Geography and how contemporary events influence and are influenced by them.
At Key Stage 4 students study Geography for three (1 hour) lessons per week. Geography is a very popular option at Key Stage 4. We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. The units cover contemporary aspects of physical and human Geography, along with specific work to develop geographical and cartographic skills. Fieldwork is a strong element in our GCSE course with fieldtrips to Hornsea and Bridlington.
The course is split into four units:
1. Living with the physical environment
This unit is concerned with physical processes and systems, their dynamic nature and human interaction with them at a range of scales and in a range of places.
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: Physical landscapes in the UK
Section C: The living world
2. Challenges in the human environment
This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a range of places, at a variety of scales and must include places in various states of development.
Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management
3. Geographical applications
Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork
4. Geographical skills
Geography students develop a wide range of skills and are used to dealing with facts and figures, maps, ideas, views, values with the use of ICT. Geography’s wide range of topical content helps to make Geography students flexible in the way they think and work, preparing them well for the world of work.