Geography

The Geography classrooms are found on the 2nd floor of the WS Block. Geography is studied by all students during KS3 and is then part of the optional curriculum at KS4, with mixed ability grouping used in all year groups. Students can elect to study Geography as a post-16 course.

What is the Curriculum within Geography?

The geography department aims to spark the interest of students so they develop awe and wonder about the place that they live and planet Earth as a whole. 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, including local, national and global. It helps students to understand how the world is an ever changing place and develop a sense of place within that world. We aim to equip our students with good enquiry skills which encourages them to question, investigate, think critically about issues affecting the world. We give opportunities for field work where possible to develop these enquiry skills. Pupils learn to think spatially and use maps, photographic images and 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.

What will Students learn in Geography?

The Geography curriculum covers both Physical and Human topics, looking at other places around the world and processes that sculpt the landscape. The topics look at how we interact with the natural world and change it. Lessons look to develop transferrable skills including: the analysis and presentation of maps, photos and data; different styles of writing; the use of IT for research, data analysis and presentations; thinking skills and problem solving; the collection of data to investigate hypotheses; decision making; group work and discussion. In lessons students will be involved in a variety of activities: thinking tasks and problem solving, decision making tasks, data analysis and presentation, different kinds of report writing, the interpretation of maps and photos, the use of IT for presentations and research, discussions and debate, group work, quizzes and making short movies and animations.

Geography KS3 Curriculum Map

What will GCSE Geography be like?

Students will study the AQA Geography course (601/8410/3). The GCSE course includes topics that cover many important human, physical and environmental issues, which are of concern today. The course allows students to gain a very good understanding of the Earth’s natural and human environments, how we affect them and how people can manage them:

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards: the causes of volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, extreme weather events, how people manage their effects and Climate Change. 
  • The Living World: Tropical Rainforests & Cold Environments - why they are important and how they can be protected
  • River Landscapes in the UK: River processes, landforms and how flooding can be managed
  • Coastal Landscapes in the UK: Coastal processes, landforms and the management of disappearing coastlines
  • Urban Issues and Challenges: Cities in different parts of the world and how we can make them better places to live
  • The Changing Economic World: Development, quality of life and development indicators. The changing economy of the UK & Malaysia
  • Resource Management: Water, energy and food issues. The importance of Energy and how supplies, in different parts of the world, can be managed

Geography KS4 Curriculum Map

How are Students Assessed at GCSE?

Students complete three examination papers at the end of Y11 – one on Living with the Physical Environment (35%), Challenges in the Human Environment (35%) and Geographical Applications (30%). These will test student’s knowledge and understanding of the content of the course, geographical skills and fieldwork. Fieldwork will take place at Cromer, where we will investigate the effects of longshore drift, and also within the city centre of Norwich, where we will look at how our city environment is being managed.

SCA Grade Descriptors for Geography