Geography

Geography is a wide-ranging and exciting subject, covering both the natural and man-made features of our world. It looks at the economic, environmental and social processes that shape and change these features. In a rapidly changing world what could be more important than learning about other cultures, the world around us, and how other people see the world?

Teaching Staff

Jim Harrowven

Head of Geography

Geography tackles the big issues - environmental responsibility, cultural understanding and tolerance, global interdependance.

 

'You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it.'

Michael Palin

Years 3 - 5

Geography is taught by form teachers using specialist geography resources.  For example in year 3 during the Spring term pupils study of our weather and learn to use real weather instruments.  There is opportunity for the form teacher to develop topics and themes touched on in geography in greater depth. For example a piece of writing might arise from the study of hedgerow removal.  At the end of years 3 to 5 pupils will have studied their local area in some detail, the British Isles and India, and learnt the skills of map reading and how to analyse aerial photographs.

Years 6 - 8

Pupils are taught in a specialist geography room equipped with interactive whiteboard and a large array of visually stimulating materials. Year six study weather and climate in the autumn term, tropical rainforests in the spring term and Africa in the summer. There is a trip to ‘The Living Rainforest’ at the end of the spring term.  Year 7 study settlement in the autumn term, rivers in the spring term and National Parks in the summer. A field trip to collect land use data in New Milton is arranged in the autumn term along with data collection in a local river in the spring term. Year 8 study plate tectonics in the autumn term and the geography of football in the spring and summer terms. A trip to Southampton FC’s stadium is arranged in the spring term.

Years 9 - 11

In Year 9 students are prepared for the GCSE course with the study of coastal geomorphology in the autumn term, population in the spring term and climate change in the summer term. A coasteering trip to the Isle of Purbeck is undertaken along with visits to Barton Sea and Hurst spit in the autumn term. Students visit a local solar farm in the summer term.

Our Year 10’s are following AQA’s New Geography syllabus (8035)
which consists of:

  • Physical geography component (Tectonics, weather, climate change, ecosystems, coasts and rivers).
  • Human geography component (Urban change, development, resource management and water management).
  • Geographical applications (Fieldwork, map skills and statistics).

Assessment is in three sections, all of which are completed in Year 11:

  1. Physical geography component 1 hr 30 mins (35% of total mark)
  2. Human geography component 1 hr 30 mins (35% of total mark)
  3. Geographical applications  1 hr  (30% of total mark)

Our current Year 11’s follows Syllabus B at OCR for GCSE. This involves studying four key themes:

  • Population and Settlement.
  • Rivers and Coastlines.
  • Industry, Development and the Environment.
  • Global Natural Hazards (Earthquake, Volcano, Drought, Tropical Storms)

Assessment is in three sections, all of which are completed in year 11:

  1. A Controlled Assessment Task (Geography Fieldwork in the local area); we select a coastal or rivers theme (25%).
  2. A Decision Making exam based on one of the four themes (25%).
  3. A Skills, Knowledge, Application and Techniques exam based on the other three themes (50%).