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Geography

  • Geography students

Year 7

In year 7 we introduce students to geography with an emphasis on geographical skills, literacy and numeracy.  Topics include tectonic hazards and the geography of crime.

Year 8

In year 8 we further develop skills introduced in year 7 and expand geographical knowledge by studying tropical rainforests, the geography of football, development and population.

 

GCSE

We start GCSE geography in year 9 due to the increased content and demands of the new specification.  This makes revision and revisiting topics an important requirement but we feel it gives students the best opportunity of achieving their potential.

The course consists of three units:

Unit 1

In this unit we study the challenge of natural hazards, UK physical landscapes and the living world.  The exam is worth 35% of the final grade.

Unit 2

In this unit we study urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and resource management.  The exam is worth 35% of the final grade.

Unit 3

Students complete fieldwork based on a local river and tourism in Tynemouth.  They also receive ‘pre-release’ material on a topical geographical issue which we thoroughly explore.  The exam asks questions on both of these elements and is worth 30% of the final grade.

 

Why study Geography?

  • to develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global scale.
  • to study the features of the earth - such as mountains, rivers and seas - and how they were formed
  • to develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.
  • to gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world.

Geography develops skills which are transferable across subjects and hold you in good stead for future study and work.

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future" - Michael Palin