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

Geography Teaching Staff

  • Mr A Everton
  • Mrs E Biles
  • Mrs G Beard

Why Geography is Important?

Geography gives students the ability to describe and explain how people are impacted by location and landscape. Students will develop their understanding of physical and human patterns & processes to locations at different scales, local, regional, national & international. Students will develop their knowledge of the enquiry approach, demonstrating abilities to research, formulate a question, test methodologies, collect & present data, interpret & analyse data to reach a conclusion

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.

Curriculum Vision Geography

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 – Passport to the world

  • Continent studies
  • Countries, climates, landscapes within continents
  • Population structure and distribution patterns
  • Challenges and sustainable solutions
  • Geography Skills

Content Year 8 – Geographical enquiries

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Population
  • Rivers
  • Settlement and land use
  • Flooding
  • Tourism

Content Year 9Our world around us

  • Weather and climate
  • Globalization
  • Resources
  • Ecosystems and threats
  • Economic development
  • Coasts

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

Students investigate the dynamic and diverse geography of the UK. It draws on a range of themes to explore the changing but distinctive physical and human environments, the processes which drive them and the challenges they create.  In Year 11 the component explores the complexities of the planet and the interconnections that take place. It draws on a range of themes to examine the changing, dynamic nature of physical and human environments, the role of decision makers and the sustainable nature and management of these environments. Geographical skills are fundamental to the study and practice of geography and are integrated to the course of study.  Geographical fieldwork is also a key component of their learning experience.

Content Year 10

Living in the UK today

Students investigate the dynamic and diverse geography of the UK, exploring the distinctive physical and human environments, the processes which drive them and the challenges they create.

  • Landscapes of the UK
  • People of the UK
  • UK environmental challenges.

The world around us

The complexities of the planet and its interconnections are explored. Students examine the changing, dynamic nature of physical and human environments, the role of decision-makers and the sustainable nature and management of these environments.

  • Ecosystems of the planet
  • People of the planet
  • Environmental threats to our planet.

Geographical skills

Geographical skills are integrated into all aspects of the subject. Learning these skills in the context of components 01 and 02 stimulates students to ‘think geographically’ and apply the skills in a range of contexts.

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:

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Geography A (Geographical Themes) (J383) Specification