Geography

The Geography Department at The Wilnecote School aims to inspire students whilst developing a curious enquiry approach to the world in which they live. We do this by exploring a range of places and topics such as maps and the UK at a national and local scale to climate and ecosystems at a global scale. Lessons contain a rich variety of sources which include maps, photographs, written text, video clips and practical fieldwork. Students delve into the issue of sustainability and the need to preserve the planet for future generations whilst developing it to suit the needs of the present. Students are also taught to recognise the complex relationship that exist between the human and physical environments.

A variety of skills are practised in lessons and cross curricular links are made with lessons such as Science, Maths, English and ICT to enable students to further deepen their understanding.

In key stage 3 students study 3 hours of Humanities on their timetable – one hour for each of our subject areas; Geography, History and Religious Education

Students are offered Geography, History and Philosophy and Ethics as optional subjects at Key Stage 4.

The faculty has 5 teaching rooms

Year 7 & 8

Year 7

Autumn term: Students develop their map skills through the unit; UK: Who are We? Looking at our physical and human geography as well as current issues of migration, origin, economy and north/south divide

Spring term: Power of water. A study of Rivers, Coast and Hurricanes and their interactions with people and places. Developing our understanding of physical processes and up to date case studies around the world

Summer term: You are what you Eat. An in depth study of our food provision as well as modern methods of hydroponics for our food security

Year 8

Autumn term: Moving Ground Understanding the history and structure of the Earth alongside the destructive power of the natural hazards and study into 2 contracting regions one HIC and one LIC

Spring term: Urban World Urban issues from around the world and different spectrums of the development scale. A study of Rio and a revisit to the issues of the UK’s north /south divide and the HS2 development. This will include an introduction to a DME skill in preparation for GCSE.

Summer term: Fragile World: Climate and Ecosystems. An overview of the global issue of climate change, destruction of our natural world and the potential impacts on humans.

Years 9,10 & 11

Aims

The GCSE Geography course that is followed in the AQA Geography Specification (8035).

At KS4, students receive five lessons of Geography a fortnight.

Students commence this course in Year 9. They continue to study it in Year 10, through to the end of Year 11.

The GCSE qualification assists students in becoming a Geography specialist. It is ideal for anyone who has an interest in Geography and would like to pursue the subject at A-Level or as a career. It also enables the students to develop many skills such as cartographic, statistical, fieldwork, analytical, evaluative, presentation, problem solving, decision making, ICT and report writing which are useful in other cross curricular subjects and future employment opportunities.

Year 9

Autumn Term: Living World (Paper 1) UK small scale ecosystem of Pond, Rainforest environment and Optional Unit choice of Desert environment

Spring Term: Resource management (Paper 2) UK Water, Energy and Food and Optional Unit choice of World Food Provision

Summer Term: Physical landscapes of the UK (Paper 1) River and Coastal Landscapes

Year 10

Autumn Term: Challenge of Natural Hazards (Paper 1) Tectonic activity and in depth focus on Earthquakes

Spring Term: Urban Issues and Challenges (Paper 2) LIC Study of Rio and UK study of Birmingham including Fieldtrip to Birmingham for Paper 3 component

Summer Term: Paper 3 Component Study Unseen fieldwork techniques. Fieldtrip to Carding Mill for Physical study and write ups of all fieldwork. Practice Pre Release study ahead of mocks

Year 11

Autumn Term: Economic development (Paper 2) Focus on Nigeria, Tourism in Jamaica and UK

Spring Term: First Half  term Revision Paper 1

Spring Term: Second Half term Revision Paper 2

Summer Term: Pre Release Material and Revision Paper 3

A range of optional fieldtrips at KS3 across humanities

After school support/catch up sessions for students are offered for year 9-11 twice a week

Two compulsory field-trips for paper 3 in year 10 plus an optional field-trip in summer of year 9

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8

Year 7

Autumn term: Students develop their map skills through the unit; UK: Who are We? Looking at our physical and human geography as well as current issues of migration, origin, economy and north/south divide

Spring term: Power of water. A study of Rivers, Coast and Hurricanes and their interactions with people and places. Developing our understanding of physical processes and up to date case studies around the world

Summer term: You are what you Eat. An in depth study of our food provision as well as modern methods of hydroponics for our food security

Year 8

Autumn term: Moving Ground Understanding the history and structure of the Earth alongside the destructive power of the natural hazards and study into 2 contracting regions one HIC and one LIC

Spring term: Urban World Urban issues from around the world and different spectrums of the development scale. A study of Rio and a revisit to the issues of the UK’s north /south divide and the HS2 development. This will include an introduction to a DME skill in preparation for GCSE.

Summer term: Fragile World: Climate and Ecosystems. An overview of the global issue of climate change, destruction of our natural world and the potential impacts on humans.

Key Stage 4

Years 9,10 & 11

Aims

The GCSE Geography course that is followed in the AQA Geography Specification (8035).

At KS4, students receive five lessons of Geography a fortnight.

Students commence this course in Year 9. They continue to study it in Year 10, through to the end of Year 11.

The GCSE qualification assists students in becoming a Geography specialist. It is ideal for anyone who has an interest in Geography and would like to pursue the subject at A-Level or as a career. It also enables the students to develop many skills such as cartographic, statistical, fieldwork, analytical, evaluative, presentation, problem solving, decision making, ICT and report writing which are useful in other cross curricular subjects and future employment opportunities.

Year 9

Autumn Term: Living World (Paper 1) UK small scale ecosystem of Pond, Rainforest environment and Optional Unit choice of Desert environment

Spring Term: Resource management (Paper 2) UK Water, Energy and Food and Optional Unit choice of World Food Provision

Summer Term: Physical landscapes of the UK (Paper 1) River and Coastal Landscapes

Year 10

Autumn Term: Challenge of Natural Hazards (Paper 1) Tectonic activity and in depth focus on Earthquakes

Spring Term: Urban Issues and Challenges (Paper 2) LIC Study of Rio and UK study of Birmingham including Fieldtrip to Birmingham for Paper 3 component

Summer Term: Paper 3 Component Study Unseen fieldwork techniques. Fieldtrip to Carding Mill for Physical study and write ups of all fieldwork. Practice Pre Release study ahead of mocks

Year 11

Autumn Term: Economic development (Paper 2) Focus on Nigeria, Tourism in Jamaica and UK

Spring Term: First Half  term Revision Paper 1

Spring Term: Second Half term Revision Paper 2

Summer Term: Pre Release Material and Revision Paper 3

Extra Curricular

A range of optional fieldtrips at KS3 across humanities

After school support/catch up sessions for students are offered for year 9-11 twice a week

Two compulsory field-trips for paper 3 in year 10 plus an optional field-trip in summer of year 9