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Geography

 

Understanding the world around us 

There is no other subject that links natural and social sciences together in order to gain an understanding of this complex and unpredictable world.  As a subject, Geography forces us to think more intelligently about ourselves, how we live and the futures that we may need to face.  As technology draws the world closer together and global economics create an increasingly interdependent world, Geography helps us to define our role as successful global citizens.  Geography is on the news everyday, from the war in the Middle East, to the closing of factories in the Midlands, the tsunami in Japan, to international debates on climate change the list is endless.  It is essential that students study Geography so that they can learn to question the world and seek to understand it.

Our Approach

At Addey & Stanhope School we study a broad range of issues which encourage our pupils to engage with the world around them.  All students are taught how to link scientific factors alongside sociological, economical, environmental and historical reasons in order to explain why the world is as it is. 

Geography pupils at our school are given opportunities to develop a range of skills including primary data collection through fieldwork and analytical thinking skills which helps them across the wider school curriculum.   We want pupils to excel in the subject but also to inspire them to become passionate about the planet that we live on.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 

Students have two 50 minute lessons of Geography per week.

Students start the year with an introduction to what Geography is about and the three areas of geographical enquiry – Human, Physical and Environmental Geography.  Students are also taught how to use Ordnance Survey maps – a skill which is revisited throughout the Key Stage 3 curriculum.  In the spring and summer terms learning becomes more topic focussed and pupils have the opportunity to investigate Rivers & Floods, the UK and Africa. Through these units students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills, both in school and at home. Students are assessed at the end of each unit and in an end of year exam.

Year 8

Students have two 50 minute lessons of Geography per week.

Students continue to develop their Geographical understanding in Year 8, building on the knowledge, skills and experiences they have developed in Year 7. The units covered in Year 8 are Population Change, Coastal Environments, Changing Urban Environments and Weather & Climate.  There will be an issues based project comparing countries within the continent of Asia and pupils will be taught how to be synoptic in their analysis of issues.  Students are assessed on their project work, end of unit assessments and an end of year exam.

Year 9

Students have two 50 minute lessons of Geography per week.

Students are introduced to aspects of the subject that prepare them for GCSE.  Themes such as The Development Gap, The Restless Earth, The Living World and Global Resources are all covered to a basic GCSE level. Students will also be given an opportunity to practise GCSE examination questions through their end of unit assessments.  They will also be given the opportunity for their own research in the Global Super Powers unit – where students will be encouraged to compare and contrast the USA, Russia and China.    Students are assessed on their end of unit assessments and a mid-year examination.

All year groups at KS3 will have the opportunity to take part in local field work activities.  These include activities such as visiting a Deptford Creek River Studies Centre, the Natural History Museum and the North Kent coast. 

Key Stage 4

We follow the AQA Geography A Specification at Addey & Stanhope School.  This robust course allows are students to investigate the ways in which people and their environments interact.  Students develop a sense of place and an awareness of the opportunities and challenges faced by people in different locales around the world. Students also develop their geographical skills and understanding of concepts such as sustainable development.  There are three examinations at the end of the two year programme of study. 

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