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Geography

In Geography we ask questions and seek answers about the physical and human environments, on a range of scales from the local area to the international world. It develops our knowledge of places and environments, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills that will be of value later in life. Geography aims to create awareness for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development.                                                                              As students study Geography they encounter different societies and cultures learning how nations rely upon each other.

Subject Leader: Mr P Ahern (pahern@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we look at Geography within specific themes and take a specialist topic and link it with that theme. The topics covered in year 7 and 8 are listed below.

Year 7

  • Map skills
  • Superpowers
  • California and Las Vegas
  • Crime
  • Into Africa
  • Deserts
  • Waste
  • Italy

Year 8

  • Tourism
  • Japan
  • Rich world- poor world
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Pole to Pole
  • Australia

Key Stage 4 – Geography

Exam board: AQA

In Geography, pupils will follow the new AQA Specification. Studying geography gives you the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both the physical and human environment. You’ll understand how geography impacts your life every day and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world.

Year 9

  • Is the World big enough?
  • Sustainable development
  • Globalisation
  • Natural Hazards
  • River Landscapes of the UK
  •  Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Ecosystems, including Rainforest and Deserts

Year 10

  • Coastal Landscapes of the UK
  • The Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management, focusing on Food resources.
  • Geographical Skills

Year 11

  • Fieldwork at London Docklands
  • Fieldwork at  Reculver
  • Geographical skills
  • Exam preparation

Key Stage 5 –Geography GCE

Exam board: Edexcel

The Geography department follows the Edexcel A level, which runs over two years. Students will further develop knowledge on key areas studied at GCSE and also encounter new areas of Geography, with a view of thinking synoptically. The topics covered are listed below.

Year 12

  • Hazards
  • Coastal landscapes
  • Globalisation
  • Regeneration
  • Fieldwork (Non-examined Assessment)

Year 13

  • Fieldwork (Non -examined Assessment)
  • The carbon cycle and energy security
  • The water cycle and water insecurity
  • Superpowers
  • Migration