Geography

Everything you see around you is linked to Geography. It’s the study of the Earth’s landscapes, places, and environments. It’s quite simply about the world in which we live. At Lostock Hall Academy, we aim to open your eyes to the world of Geography in our local area, nationally, and in different parts of the world.

KS3

Year 7

  • What is Geography? - Introduction to human, physical and environmental Geography
  • Mapping and Making Connections - A study of where we are in the UK and other regional and local Geography, how we connect to the rest of the world.
  • Do you feel the Earth move? - A study of plate tectonics, including formation of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Why don’t we get lost? - Map skills, including height of land, compass direction, scale, grid references. Trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to test skills learned.
  • Geomorphological processes - River and glacial physical processes. Landforms created (including waterfalls, meanders, etc.) and how rivers and glaciers have shaped our land today.
  • Local Fieldwork investigation.

Year 8

  • Why does the land flood? - Study of the water cycle to lead into river flooding and contributing factors.
  • Our fragile Earth - Ecosystem and biome environment study, focusing on similarities and contrasts in rainforest, desert and polar environments.
  • Weather and Climate - Weather patterns and systems that effect where we live, including a fieldwork investigation around the school.
  • Kenya and Africa - A study of countries in Africa and how they compare development-wise. The human and physical features of Kenya, including the Maasai way of life.

Year 9

  • What on Earth are we doing? - Investigating the extent to which humans are causing rising global temperatures.
  • How the greenhouse effect is making global warming a modern day phenomenon.
  • Population - How the world has grown so rapidly to exceed 7 billion people, and will it reach 9 billion by 2050? What policies are in place to slow the rate of growth?
  • India - A land of contrasts - A study of Asian countries and how they compare development-wise. The human and physical features of India, including the Kerala region approach to controlling population growth.
  • Holiday - The rapidly growing importance of tourism to the world economy. How rich countries gain significant benefits from tourism, but also how poorer countries are joining the race for holiday visitors.
  • At Easter in Year 9, students begin following the GCSE 9-1 AQA Specification, starting with ‘The Challenge of Natural Hazards’.

KS4

The GCSE course followed is the AQA 9-1 specification.

For examination in 2018, students will sit 3 papers as below. During learning this information, students will sit a mid and end of unit assessment in examination conditions.

Paper 1 – 35% of final grade

  • Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 2 – 35% of final grade

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 3 – 30% of final grade.

Students will receive a source booklet 12 weeks in advance of this exam.

They will have to analyse and interpret (with the assistance of the teacher) the contents and be prepared to complete a decision making activity within an exam situation.

Fieldwork – although this is not directly assessed, students must complete 2 field visits and gain skills and techniques which will then be expected to be referred to and used in the paper 3 exam.

More information regarding this can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Student Support

  • Purchase from school the CGP GCSE Geography AQA 9-1 Specification revision guide, practice workbooks, and answer booklets.
  • Encourage your child to attend revision and intervention sessions offered by school – including Easter and May half term workshops.
  • Make good use of the Cool Geography website.
  • Print off and practise past papers.

Useful Websites

GSCE Pod - For revision podcasts
Cool Geography - For revision of all topics.
BBC Education - For GCSE revision.
Geography Pods - For revision of GCSE map skills.

Career Implications

Geographers are among the most employable of people. The skills and knowledge acquired are much sought after by employers. Geography provides experience of a variety of general skills including written and oral presentation, teamwork, problem-solving, numeracy, computing, graphics, mapping, survey methods and research skills. Geographers are adaptable and can be easily trained, whilst their broad understanding and range of approaches to the world and its problems are relevant to many different jobs.