Geography is a science devoted to the study of the Earth and its natural phenomena. It is varied in scope and includes skills many other disciplines such as Physics, Biology, Statistical Analysis, Geology and Sociology.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, you will study a range of topics to give you a good understanding of the subject. Global Issues and the environment, Coasts, Asia and the Weather are all studied in Year 7, with Volcanoes, Africa, Deserts and Globalisation the focus for Year 8.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, Geography investigates a wide range of topics relating to Physical, Human and Geographical Applications. Over the 3-year GCSE students will complete topics ranging from Natural Hazards to the Changing Economic World. Students will complete 2 compulsory fieldwork visits to Burbage Brook and Manvers.
Key Stage 5
Geography is a popular subject at KS5, and is well liked by Universities and employers alike. The A-Level is split into Human and Physical Geography. In Human Geography, you will study Changing Places, Contemporary Urban Environments and Global Systems and Governance. In Physical Geography, you will study The Water and Carbon Cycle, Hazards and Coastal Systems. Students will also complete an Independent Fieldwork Investigation worth 20% of the A-Level. Sixth form students are allocated a mentor to support with their Fieldwork Investigation.
When Will My Lessons Be?
In KS3 (Year 7 and Year 8), students have 2 lessons per week. In KS4 (Year 9 – Year 11), students have 2 lesson per week. The GCSE is a 3-year course. Year 12 and Year 13 have 5 lessons per week- although these lessons are divided between two teachers.
Where Will My Lessons Be?
Lessons take place on the second floor, on the Humanities corridor. Technology plays an important role in Geography, with access to an ICT suite and iPads. Corridor displays are used to show off the best student work, so keep an eye out to see if you have made it!
Why is Geography an Important Subject?
We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this world and prepares us to be a citizen in the 21st Century. Through studying geography, people of all ages begin to appreciate how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact, what consequences arise from our everyday decisions, and what a diverse range of cultures and societies exist and interconnect.