Geography

Subject Overview

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography at the Heath promotes a sense of awe and wonder by encouraging and challenging students to explore and explain the world in which they live.

We believe that Geography is best learnt through the soles your feet. We are constantly seeking opportunities to develop field work within the subject at all three Key Stages.

We have recently revised both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum, so to lay the foundations for the new A Level geography course and aim to continue to improve the learning, progress and achievement for all students.

We strive to deliver outstanding geography at every opportunity. Students will experience engaging and challenging lessons where they are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. Our highly trained teaching staff employ a diverse range of learning strategies, personalised so that every student can excel.

Geography


Key Stage 3 Overview – Content and Approach

Year 7 begins with map skills followed by the study of weather and climate. Fieldwork is undertaken on the school grounds. Students then investigate themes, with a focus on the UK.

Year 7:

Term 1

  • O.S. map skills
  • Weather and climate

Term 2

  • China
  • Ecosystems

Term 3

  • Geographical skills topic
  • Runcorn and Mumbai

Year 8 starts with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Geographical investigations are now global, with countries at different levels of development. Geography skills continue to be developed.

Year 8:

Term 1

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Population

Term 2

  • River environments
  • Urbanisation

Term 3

  • Coastal environments
  • Development

Key Stage 4 Overview – Content and Approach

The geography AQA GCSE course was introduced in 2016 and it has been designed to be modern in approach and relevant for the 21st century.  The course is interesting and varied, covering the traditional aspects of geography; both the physical and human environment, and geographical skills.

Year 9:

Term 1

  • The challenge of natural hazards.
  • Case studies/ examples: Nepal Earthquake, Chile Earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan, Somerset Levels Floods.

Term 2

  • Urban issues and challenges.
  • Case studies/ examples: Rio de Janeiro, the Favela Bairro Project, Liverpool, Regeneration of Liverpool One.

Term 3

  • The living world.
  • Case studies/ examples: Amazon Rainforest, Thar Desert.

Year 10:

Term 1

  • The challenge of resource management.
  • Case studies/ examples: Lesotho Highland Water Project, Wakel River Basin Project.

Term 2

  • UK physical landscapes.
  • Case studies/ examples: Landforms on the River Tees, flood management – the Tees Barrage, landforms on the Swanage coastline, coastal management on the Sefton coastline.

Term 3

  • Fieldwork and geographical skills based on fieldtrips to Liverpool and the Sefton Coast.

Year 11:

Term 1

  • The changing economic world
  • Case studies/ examples: tourism in Jamaica, economic development in Nigeria and the UK.

Term 2

  • Preparation for Issue Evaluation and revision for GCSE exams.

Enrichment

KS4:

  • Urban study of Liverpool
  • Coastal management study of the Sefton Coastline.
  • After-school and lunchtime GCSE booster sessions.

KS3:

  • Fieldwork based on micro-climate.
  • Fieldwork based on geographical skills and the new school site.
  • Moel Famau field trip.