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Geography at Oak Academy Geography gives us a perspective on our place in the world

Geography Teaching Staff 

  • Mr G Whitworth: Curriculum Leader for Humanities 
  • Ms E Weir 
  • Mrs E Biles 
  • Mrs S Buxton 

Why Geography is Important 

Geography is unique in the way in which it gives students a perspective on their place in the World. It stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places and helps make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies and societies are interconnected. 

Teaching and Learning in Geography 

Geography is taught with an enquiry approach that encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, for the present and future. These are much sought after transferable skills in the job market. Students learn to think spatially, using maps, visual images and new technologies including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to obtain, present and analyse information. 

Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, the environment and the sustainability of the planet. 

Homework gives students the opportunity to become more independent in their learning and be able to research new ideas for upcoming topics. 

Key Stage 3 Aims 

  • To promote an interest in and engage active learning in Geography. 
  • To develop a sense of place locally, nationally and globally. 
  • To enable students to develop their understanding of the physical and human characteristics of a range of significant places. 
  • To enable students to develop their understanding of how different processes can produce distinctive landforms/landscapes around the world. 
  • To allow students to appreciate how values and attitudes are different and can change over time. 

Content Year 7 

  • Geography Skills 
  • Weather and Climate 
  • Ecosystems
  • UK
  • Tourism 

Content Year 8 

  • Rivers
  • Coasts 
  • Extreme Environments 
  • China 
  • Global Issues 

Content Year 9 

  • Population 
  • Tectonic Hazards 
  • Economic Development 
  • Globalisation
  • Africa 

Key assessment details:
Students will be assessed termly. Assessment task will include class tests, homework tasks, longer written projects and an end of year exam.  

Key Stage 4 Aims 

  • To develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of locations, places, environments and processes locally, nationally and globally. 
  • To enable students to understand the interactions between people and the environment and how these can change over time and space. 
  • To extend their competence in a range of skills including fieldwork, in using maps and GIS, researching secondary evidence and enquiry skills. 

Content Year 10 

  • Resource Management 
  • The Changing Landscapes of the UK Rivers and Coasts 
  • The Living World 
  • Economic World 

Content Year 11 

  • Fieldwork 
  • Natural Hazards 
  • Urban Challenges 
  • Issue Evaluation 

Key assessment details: 

In years 10 and 11 students will be assessed regularly using class knowledge tests, GCSE examination-style tasks, end of unit exams as well as homework.  There will be a formal assessment during each year where students will be tested on the main topic areas. In year 11 students will sit three external written exams in May/June. 

GCSE Specifications 

The link to the GCSE specification for Geography can be found below: 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035