Geography

Geography (from Greek γεωγραφία, geographia, literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of Earth. A literal translation would be "to describe or picture or write about the earth".

The world is moving at an ever-quicker pace and Geography equips students with the skills to analyse the complex relationship between the natural physical world and the man-made human world. We want to create an atmosphere of enquiry in the classroom where students want to discover more.

At FGCS we believe Geography to be an exciting and dynamic subject that affects us all in a rapidly changing world. Here in the Geography department we believe in providing students with a variety of stimulating and interesting lessons including role play, power points, videos, games, poster presentations, GIS and the use of the Internet.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is topic based and aims to get our students to consider how the world we live in is a rapidly changing place.

 

Term

7.1 Autumn Term

7.2 Spring Term

7.3 Summer Term

Topic

Our World: What is Geography?

Hydrology: Hard Graft with a Raft

Settlement: Changing Urban Areas

The UK: Settlements and Sustainability

Geohazards: Let’s Think Hazards

Global Crisis: Changing Climates

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

Interim Assessment 4

 

Theme

Locating the UK in a global context whilst discovering some of the key issues facing the globe today.

We use the rivers of Africa to look at the process and features of rivers. Students will investigate the causes of flooding in Mozambique and the explore the features of the river Nile.

A look at the characteristics of settlements across the world. Students will visit Barking to carry out fieldwork to carry out an in-depth investigation on the regeneration of Stratford,

Students compete to create their own sustainable houses fit for the 21st Century,

An in depth study on the causes, effects and management of tectonics hazards. We focus on comparing the 2011 Japan Tsunami with the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges the human race will face. We will investigate the arguments for and against climate change and the potential impacts of this phenomena

Term

8.1 Autumn Term

8.2 Spring Term

8.3 Summer Term

Topic

Walls: A World of Barriers

Globalisation I: The Geography of My Stuff

Superpowers: The U.S.

Knowing Africa: A continent of contrast

Our Food! Our Landscape. Farming and Landscape

Globalisation II: The BRICS are coming

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

Interim Assessment 4

 

 

Theme

A topic to talk about. How have global communities constructed walls to keep people out.

We consider how are goods are made and the implication for the global community of these creations. We determine working conditions, global pollution and how we buy.

The U.S. and its global influence are interpreted. How did the growth of the U.S. shape a global community,

A land of extremes and contrasts are studied in relation to a number of Africa economies.

A fascinating insight into the was our globe was created and how this has influenced our food production.

A further look into globalisation and how a rise in new economies has changed our customs and traditions forever.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

At Key Stage 4 we work with Edexcel in delivering a thematic and enquiry- based curriculum, enhancing the knowledge and skills acquired at Key Stage 3.

The current Year 9 and all future cohorts will follow Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B.

 

Term

9.1 Autumn Term

9.2 Spring Term

9.3 Summer Term

Topic

Skills:

Human and Physical Perspectives

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth: Tectonics

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth:

Storms

Topic 8:

Forest Under Threat

Topic 2: Development Dynamics

Topic 4:

Coastal Change and River Processes

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

Interim Assessment 4

 

 

Term

10.1 Autumn Term

10.2 Spring Term

10.3 Summer Term

Topic

Topic 5:

The UK’s Evolving Human Landscape

Topic 6:

Geographical

 Investigations

Topic 3:

Challenges of an urbanising world

Topic 9:

Consuming energy resources

Topic 7:

People and the Biosphere

Topic 6:

Further Geographical investigations

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

Interim Assessment 4

 

 

Term

11.1 Autumn Term

11.2 Spring Term

11.3 Summer Term

Topic

Preparation for Paper 1:

 Global Geographical Perspectives

Preparation for Paper 2:

UK Geographical Issues

Preparation for Paper 3:

People and Environment Issues

Preparation and Revision

Final Examinations

 

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

 

 

 

 

A detailed summary of each topic can be found at:

 

The current Year 10 (entry 2017) and Year 11 (entry 2016) will follow Edexcel Geography Specification B.

 

Term

10.1 Autumn Term

10.2 Spring Term

10.3 Summer Term

Topic

Population Dynamics

Development Dilemmas and Water World

Globalisation and Changing Settlements in  the UK

Coastal Processes

Controlled Assessment

Challenges of an Urban World

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

Interim Assessment 4

 

 

Term

11.1 Autumn Term

11.2 Spring Term

11.3 Summer Term

Topic

Preparation for Paper 1:

Dynamic Planet

Preparation for Paper 2:

People and the Planet

Preparation for Paper 3:

Making Geographical Decisions

Preparation and Revision

Final Examinations

 

Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment 1

Interim Assessment 2

 

Interim Assessment 3

 

 

 

 

A detailed summary of each topic can be found at:

Homework

At KS3 it is the intention that students will be set homework weekly. It is usual that at least one of these pieces of homework is designed to help prepare students for an upcoming formal assessment. Work will be checked and if the homework contributes to an assessment, written feedback will be provided. All homework can be found on Show My Homework.

Fieldtrips

We offer a range of fieldwork opportunities across the key stages. At KS3 we offer a number of one day trips to destinations such as London and the Thames, Stratford, Walton on the Naze and the Royal Geographical Society. At KS4 we offer a residential trip to the Lake District and a further two-day trips on local fieldwork activities.

Useful web addresses

Further to the addresses above we strongly recommend the following websites:

Talk to

Please do not hesitate to contact the department either via email warren.hughes@forestgatecst.org or visit teachers in the Geography/Humanities corridor (T17 - T20 or P2).