Key Stage 3
In KS3, students build the foundations to prepare them with the skills and knowledge required for the GCSE course. In KS3 we study the following topics:
- Map Skills
- Weather and Climate
- Hot Deserts
- Food Resource Management
- Coastal Processes
- Natural Hazards (Tectonic Hazards)
In Year 8, the students have an opportunity to accompany us to Chester Zoo. Here, the students take part in a workshop, delivered by the zoo keepers, which teaches the students about rainforest animal adaptations.
Key Stage 4
The Geography department follows the AQA GCSE Geography course. During the GCSE course, students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the UK and various countries around the world. Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.
The geography course is awarded by 3 exams as outlined below:
- Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (worth 35%, 1hr 30mins)
- Natural hazards
- Living world
- Physical landscapes in the UK
- Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (worth 35%, 1hr 30mins)
- Urban issues and challenges
- The changing economic world
- The challenge of resource management
- Paper 3: Geographical applications (worth 30%, 1hr 15mins)
- Field work evaluation
Throughout the 3 year GCSE course, the department values the need for fieldwork and taking learning outside of the classroom. In Year 9, we take the students to study the SherBrook Valley of Cannock Chase near Milford, Staffordshire. Here the students see first hand the effects of river processes of erosion and deposition. The students also collect field data to analyse back in the classroom.
In Year 10, the students complete a human geography study on an urban area. In the past this has been to compare the changes in landuse over time in Longton. This was to study the effects of the decline of the pottery industry. This year, we are planning to complete a similar study on the Albert Dock area of Liverpool.
Students have access to an online digital textbook designed for the AQA course. Students will be given a Kerboodle login which gives them access to the resources from any device connected to the internet at home and in lessons on their iPad.