Head of Department: Katy Graham
In Geography we are passionate about understanding the world around us. We look for answers to questions about the way our world works and how both humans and nature interact to make our world what it is today.
In Year 7 and 9 our students have one lesson a week of Geography and in Year 8 they receive 2 lessons a week.
Students begin to develop their sense of place by understanding the world around them using maps. We then begin to incorporate key geographical themes such as coastal processes, ecosystems and natural hazards by looking at North America and Antarctica. Year 7 is an exciting year to study Geography as we are creating a new scheme of work which is designed in a way that students will focus on a continent over a period of time and within the study of that continent key geographic knowledge will be studied.
Students build on their knowledge through another continent study, this time we visit Africa, again incorporating key geographic understanding of trade, economies and physical geographic processes such as rivers and coastal processes, in the second half of the year the students move on to study South America with a particular focus on informal settlements, population and rainforest ecosystems. Finally to end Year 8 we look at the contemporary theme of climate change.
We start the year by looking at our place in the world and how our country connects to others. We then move on to look at the fascinating topic of tectonics which incorporates Earthquake, Volcanoes and Tsunamis. The students particularly enjoy learning about real events and we look carefully at how these events impact on both people and the environment. We end the Year with another new and contemporary topic called the geography of conflict; this topic allows students to understand how current global conflicts are changing the way in which our world works.
GCSE Geography is becoming an increasingly popular option at de Stafford School. The students receive 3 lessons per week which provides a really supportive environment to achieve their potential. We follow the AQA Geography A specification which includes the study of:
Water on the land: This is a topic all about rivers, including uses, management, flooding and erosional processes.
Changing Urban Environments: This topic looks at the characteristics of urban areas in contrasting parts of the world.
Restless Earth: This popular topic looks at plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami.
Tourism: The focus here is looking at how tourism impacts on both the people and the environment.
Coastal Zone: We look at coasts, coastal processes and coastal landform creation with a final emphasis on coastal flooding and a link to climate change.
Population: This topic looks at our changing population and the demands that people put on resources. It also focusses on how an increasing population is managed and whether this is ethical.
Our students also complete their controlled assessment in year 11. This is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.