Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is about the world in which we live. Geography will encourage students to think about the vast number of physical and human connections that exist within our world and about the pressures that the world’s natural environments face. Students will have the opportunity to understand the natural processes that affect millions of people every year like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, how climate change is affecting populations and how population change is itself affecting different countries. Geography encourages the development of a wide range of skills needed to interpret the world around us and understand how we can make changes that will have implications on a variety of scales, from the local area to the whole world.
Students will explore physical, human and environmental geography. They will gain an understanding of why countries are at different levels of development and the impact that this has on the populations and environments of those countries. They will understand the physical and human factors that cause and contribute to natural disasters and the importance of natural resources, ecosystems and economic links around the world. Lessons will provide a wide range of opportunities for collaborative work and independent research and will encourage students to challenge themselves to suggest solutions to problems faced around the world. Geography is both creative and problem solving. Students will engage with questions such as ‘Does aid help or hinder the development of lower income countries?’ ‘Why do people live in hazardous places?’ ‘How can we be more environmentally friendly?’ ‘How and why do landscapes change?’ ‘Why are global businesses important?’ ‘How can the quality of life for the poorest people in the world be improved?’ Students will have the chance to ask questions about what is changing in the UK and their local environment.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mrs Mills (Head of Humanities)
The subject content is split into four units: 3.1 Living with the physical environment, 3.2 Challenges in the human environment, 3.3 Geographical applications and 3.4 Geographical skills. In units 3.1 and 3.2 the content is split into sections, with each section focusing on a particular geographical theme. Unit 3.3 sets out the requirements for fieldwork and issue evaluation. Unit 3.4 sets out the geographical skills that students are required to develop and demonstrate. Students are required to study case studies and examples. Case studies are broader in context and require greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Examples are more focused on a specific event or situation, are smaller in scale and do not cover the same degree of content.
Year 11 Enrichment is every Friday from 2:30-3:30 in the Geography department. Geography staff also offer a range of other enrichment activities, open to all year groups. Students should see the enrichment notice board or speak to their Geography teacher for further details.