The Geography Department
“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin
Geography studies the world around us. It allows us to make sense of what’s happening and how we can make a real difference to everyday situations at a range of scales; from our local community to international impacts.
A range of physical and human aspects of Geography are covered which give a ‘balance’ of many areas of Geography. You only have to watch the news to see elements of ‘Geography in action’.
The study of Geography helps you to:
• Develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.
• Investigate the earth and its peoples.
• Study the features of the earth – such as mountains, rivers and seas – and how they were formed
• Develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.
Year 5 Course Summary
Map Sills; Key Features of the World (Continents, Oceans/Seas, Key Countries)
Countries/Continents of the Globe, Case studies; India, China, Africa
A Community Elsewhere; Amazon Rainforest/Brazil
Geography Vocabulary; Correct terminology and application
Grid Reference; Four and six figure referencing
Skills; Physical, Human and Economic Geography
Map Skills; Longitude, Latitude and Zones
Year 6 Course Summary
Map Skills; Placement of continents, oceans and seas (revisit) moving onto key countries/detail.
National Parks; what is a National Park, their importance, key features and usage.
Rivers and Water; Formation of a river (different stages) and how water impacts on our lives.
Coasts; Key features of a coast, erosion and protection.
Fields Trip – Carsington (linked with Rivers and Water unit).
World Cities; placement.
Year 7 Course Summary
Extreme Weather around the world; Weather, impact and consequence.
Sustainable Places; what is sustainability, how we use resources, planning a sustainable town on a budget.
Trade (Global Trade); is trade fair around the world? Differences between developed and developing worlds (hemispheres).
Fantastic Places – Independent Research/Students own choice to investigate an area of their interest.
Human Geography; Population, Urbanisations and Natural Resources
Year 8 Course Summary
Map Skills; grid referencing, scale, topographical, areal and satellite.
Physical Geography; tectonics, geographical timescale, ice age and glaciation.
Economic Activity and Trade; primary, secondary and tertiary industries.
Field Study; Local study/Industry (observe, measure, record, analyse, data, draw conclusion.