(School Trip to Iceland)
Approach to Teaching
The Geography Department encourages pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become informed 21st century citizens who are capable of making sense of an increasingly complicated and fast moving world.
Enquiry based learning is central to lessons and pupils are encouraged to think geographically and ‘see the world through geographical eyes’. Fieldwork is another essential aspect of physical and human Geography and enables pupils to study relevant processes and features that lie beyond the confines of a classroom.
As Geography is a discipline that is concerned with the character of places and the distribution of features and events, mapwork is another essential aspect of the subject that pupils will use from Year 7 onwards.
We believe that Geography is characterised by a breadth of study, a range of methodologies, a willingness to synthesise work from other disciplines and an interest in the sustainable future of the planet- in other words – it’s essential to life on Earth!
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
Where are we?
This is an introduction to where St. Edmund’s is on the planet! We consider maps on a variety of scales including Asia, Africa, Europe, Russia and the British Isles.
A detailed look at Ordnance Survey maps both on paper and on screen via Digimap. This introduces pupils to basic map reading skills focusing on the local area.
Weather and Climate
Pupils examine why and how weather varies across the UK, looking at air masses, differences in air pressure and extreme weather. A global perspective is introduced which includes a case study on Typhoon Haiyan.
The Hot Desert Ecosystem
Study of a climate type and ecosystem. Pupils will study where and why deserts exist, as well as plant and animal adaptation.
As a contrast for homework, pupils carry out an extended study of Savanna regions, a tropical ecosystem.
Pupils study the geomorphic processes of erosion, transportation and deposition and the coastal landforms that are produced such as caves, arches and stacks. A fieldtrip to Sandown on The Isle Of Wight helps reinforce the ideas and gives a chance to develop fieldwork skills. This unit of work concludes with a study of coastal management; an essential topic due to potential sea-level rise
In this unit of work pupils will study the natural and human causes of climate change as well as it’s social, economic and environmental impacts. We conclude by investigating possible ways to mitigate the impacts.
China and India
In depth studies of the two Asian superpowers, starting with place knowledge followed by the various social , economic and environmental issues that affect these countries. Pupils carry out independent research in groups in order to present their findings.
An examination of the Earth’s structure and plate tectonics followed by the location, causes and impacts of earthquakes and volcanoes. Pupils will examine hazard mitigation and responses as wells as case studies of an earthquake and a volcano.
Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem
A detailed study of interactions within a global biome, concentrating on climate, fauna and flora. We examine the human impacts on this ecosystem such as deforestation. The unit concludes with a problem solving exercise based on the sustainability of various strategies to manage rainforests.
In this unit pupils examine the reasons for the development gap across the world and how development aid can be used as a strategy to narrow the gap between richer and poorer countries.
This is the first unit of the GCSE course and examines landscapes and the geomorphic processes that have shaped them. Case Studies include The River Tees and The Jurassic Coast.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
OCR Geography B(Geography For Enquiring Minds).
Component 01: Our natural world
Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world they live in and why it looks the way it does. They study the rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems which are changing through physical processes and human interactions.
There are four topics:
- Global hazards
- Changing climate
- Distinctive landscapes
- Sustaining ecosystems.
Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world physical geographical contexts.
Component 02: People and society
Students explores the social, cultural, political and economic forces that make places unique, and how these change over time and space, particularly the growth of urbanisation and the challenges of feeding an ever-growing population.
There are four topics:
- Urban futures
- Dynamic development
- UK in the 21st century
- Resource reliance.
Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world human geographical contexts.
Component 03: Geographical exploration
This component draws on geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that have been developed in components 01 and 02. This synoptic assessment enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject.
This component includes a decision-making exercise, here students can become critical thinkers and develop arguments.