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The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork is an essential element of this. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 Geography is studied by exploring six themes.
In Year 7 the key priorities are developing the following concepts:
Place, Space,Scale, Physical and Human Processes, Cultural Understanding and Diversity, Fieldwork and Out of Class Learning
In Year 8 the key priorities are developing the following concepts:
Interdependence, Environmental Interaction and Sustainable Development, Geographical Enquiry, Graphicacy and Visual Literacy, Geographical Communication
Maps and Settlement
Study at Home
The EGA Geography Department encourages students to extend their learning of Geography outside the classroom. Here is a list of resources you could be using at home to support your learning in geography…
BBC Bitesize website
EGA youtube channel
Revision books available to rent for £3
Geography Enrichment club is Thursday’s after school
Geography GCSE revision is Thursday’s after school
Watch the news – channel 4 in particular
Movies: Dante’s Peak, Billy Elliot, Brassed Off, The Day After Tomorrow, Twister, The Age of Stupid, outsourced
Documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth, Cowspiracy, Gapminder; Don’t Panic, Before the Flood
Use the BBC Teach Channel on youtube
Key Stage 4
Students can select Geography as an option at KS4. The course that we follow is AQA.
This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.
Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.
The units students will study are…
Natural Hazards (Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Hurricanes, Drought)
Living World (Rainforests and Hot Deserts)
Physical Landscapes of The UK (Rivers and Coasts)
Changing Economic World (The Development Gap and The Economics of the UK)
At GCSE level students are assessed as follows…
Study at home for KS4
Homework is set on a regular basis. All GCSE geography students are issued with a OCR Geography B case study book. Students are required to practice exam questions and to prepare presentations for the rest of the class.
BBC Bitesize, BBC Learning Zone and Geography Matters are websites that enhance the learning of case studies and developing knowledge and understanding. There is also the school’s youtube channel..
The GCSE groups have visited the following places…
The Thames Barrier
The City of London.