Geography

 

Geography at St Thomas More is taught to emphasise the relationship between the physical and the human environment, to stimulate an understanding of the world in which we live. This enables pupils to feel a sense of awe in the physical and human world and to engage with current environmental issues. 

Particular prominence is given to sustainability and sustainable development.

 
KS3 What’s taught 
 
A thematic approach to geography is provided in Years 7, 8 and 9 that offers a range of different topics to ensure the key themes of place, scale, independence, physical and human processes, cultural understanding, diversity, environmental interaction and sustainable development are taught and learnt.
 
Year 7 students conduct a local area study followed by work on fantastic and impossible places. Students then focus on the British Isles, geographical skills, Africa, extreme weather, fantastic places and world biomes.
 
In Year 8, students investigate:Globalisation, BRIC, rivers, resource management, the Middle East, and the Weather and climate in the British Isles.
 
In Year 9 students develop their understanding of human and physical environments through the study of plate tectonics, population and settlement change, tourism, agricultural and industrial change, glacial environments coasts and extreme environments.
 
 
2016 onwards option - students will follow AQA GCSE Geography, please click here to download the programme of study

GCSE Geography 
 
Note this is for the current Y11 ONLY
 
Students choosing to take geography for GCSE will follow the Edexcel Geography B Evolving Planet Course. This is broken down into four components:
 
Dynamic Planet: A study of geological processes, ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate.
People and the Planet: An investigation of how populations grow and change, where people live and work with a particular focus on the UK; and how     they exploit and use resources and globalisation.
Making Geographical Decisions: Students are required to develop problem solving techniques and the ability to make and explain their decisions based on unseen material. Students draw on their understanding from Dynamic Planet and People and the Planet.
Controlled Assessment: This includes a fieldwork exercise to collect primary data and the completion of an extended report.
 
 
Each component is 25% of the final GCSE grade awarded.
 
 

Qualification Information

Examination

Offered

Options Exam Specification Progression options Assessment
Geography GCSE Click here for exam specification
A level Geography
Travel/ Leisure and Tourism
Geology
Three exams all at the end of the course and one controlled assessment

Fieldwork opportunities

Students are given opportunities to engage with a range of offsite activities throughout key stage three and four. This will range from data collection activities, visits to museums and the Royal Geographical Society and fieldwork for external examinations.

GCSE geography students conduct their fieldwork on the topic of their controlled assessment. 
 
Extra curricular
 
Through enrichment days and coursework activities the geography department is involved in a variety of extra curricular activities.
 
 
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