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for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

Geography

Year 7 Curriculum

Geography in Year 7 is about discovering things about the world we live in, starting locally in Norfolk, and progressing to the British Isles as a whole.

The topics covered are:

  • Settlement hierarchy, site, situation, functions and characteristics
  • The British Isles – countries, cities, rivers, islands and mountains
  • Hydrology in terms of the hydrological cycle, river features and flooding
  • Earthquakes – cause and effects plus the strategies used to reduce their impact.

Skills developed by pupils include:

  • Field trip skills such as the collection and recording of primary data, drawing field sketches, constructing a questionnaire and land-use surveys
  • Enquiry skills of how to set up hypothesis and follow through a line of enquiry using guidelines based on both primary and secondary data
  • O.S. map skills such as using grid references, scale, compass directions, symbols and interpreting contour patterns
  • Presentation techniques such as sketch maps, spider diagrams, annotated maps, ICT graphs and presenting findings from a video.

Year 8 Curriculum

Geography in Year 8 includes a mixture of physical and human topics. We focus on local issues, climates and Europe with a particular emphasis on France.

The topics covered are:

  • Coastal processes, features and management, alongside tourism impacts– with a local input
  • Understanding the weather including recording and observation
  • Climate areas in Europe including climate graphs
  • France’s physical and human patterns leading into the study of agriculture, and tourism
  • Environmental impacts of an area and conflicts through overuse of resources
  • Earth structure with a study on a recent volcanic eruption to include how people’s values and attitudes affect the issues.

Skills developed by pupils include:

Fieldwork:

  • How to collect primary and secondary data
  • Draw field sketches
  • Design data collection tables.

Coursework

  • How to follow a line of enquiry independently using guidelines to answer a number of hypotheses based on primary data
  • Research secondary data to fulfil a line enquiry within a known budget
  • Be able to interpret and evaluate data.

Research

  • How to collect data from the internet and brochures to produce a detailed study about two holidays within a fixed budget.

Map work

  • Improved ability to read O.S. maps.

Presentation

  • How to draw annotated sketches
  • Plot information on maps
  • Specific graphs and transform raw data into suitable graphs.

Learning

  • Improve independent learning skills through individual coursework or projects.

Year 9 Curriculum

Moving on from British Isles in Year 7 and Europe in Year 8, Year 9 focuses more on the whole globe – continents, oceans, rivers, mountains, major countries and cities, with a particular emphasis on South America.

The topics covered are:

  • Global issues such as world population growth, urbanisation, rainforest destruction and global warming
  • Local issues such as life in a shanty town, indigenous tribes of the rainforests, impact of tourism on the Norfolk Broads
  • Environmental issues such as tropical rainforest ecosystems, limestone landscapes, conflict in national parks and eutrophication.

Skills developed by pupils include:

  • A range of graphical techniques: scattergraph, chroropleth maps, dot distribution maps, topological maps, pie charts, divided bar charts and annotated diagrams
  • Improved ability to read OS maps
  • Trialling of different presentation techniques of note taking to ascertain how best to revise and learn.

Years 10 and 11 GCSE Geography (optional subject)

Examination Board: AQA
Specification Number: 4032

Why choose to study geography at GCSE?

Geography is all around you! The GCSE we study is a modular course with a modern approach relevant to the current century. The course deals with major global issues and it should help you to understand how the world works.

Course Details

Through a variety of teaching methods, including discussions, note taking and data handling, you will gain all the skills necessary for the examination. The course is divided into two sections. Each concentrates on the interaction between people and the environment, as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments. Geography focuses on current issues and the modern and engaging approach covers key ideas and debates such as climate change, globalisation, economic progress, urban regeneration and management of world resources.

Examination Details

It is possible to take the physical or human paper at either the Foundation or Higher Tier. Both tiers involve two examinations and a local fieldwork investigation which leads to the controlled assessment. Both examinations are taken at the end of the course in Year 11.

Local Fieldwork Investigation

Fieldwork is an integral part of the course and two local day trips are arranged in Year 10. This enables the student to prepare a simple practice and a final individual investigation. This contributes 25% to the total mark.

 

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