Geography

 

In line with the new National Curriculum we have
- an emphasis on locational and place knowledge, human and physical processes and some technical procedures, such as using grid references
- a commitment to fieldwork and the use of maps, as well as written communication and numeracy.
 
Key Stage 3
 
In Year 7, students are encouraged to ask questions: What is Geography all about? Where is the UK and what do we associate with the UK? What and where are the most important landscape features and cities in the UK? Using an enquiry approach and fieldwork skills students study the school environment and its microclimate. River processes, landforms and river management in the UK are studied and students practice their reporting skills about recent flooding events in the UK. Students then study the issue of refugees from the Middle East and population and urbanisation issues in India. Using OS maps, Digimap and field work, students investigate the formation of the South Downs and how they are affected by human activity.
 
In Year 8, students start the year by studying atlas skills. This leads into a study of the geography of Russia as an example of how a country changes over time and space. Environmental geography and sustainability are studied next leading to an investigation entitled "How Sustainable is Davison's Use of Resources". In the Spring term students focus on tropical storms and climate change. This is followed by a unit on Empty Spaces which is a student research based project on ecosystems during which students produce creative work about their chosen ecosystem. At the end of Year 8 students undertake a local field study decision making exercise on whether Worthing Seafront needs a makeover.
 
In Year 9, students study development issues. They analyse data, interpret graphical information and make informed decisions. They develop independent learning skills that are applied to investigate the contrasts in quality of life across the world. Ghana is used as a case study to promote understanding. Exposure to material inequalities promotes empathy and raises moral and ethical questions. Students develop discussion and questioning skills and regularly assess their level of understanding and progress. Later in the year, Geographers study the processes that lead to earthquake events and volcanic eruptions. They map tectonic activity and study the impact of a shifting earth on the richest and poorest nations. Later in the year an in depth study of China is undertaken where the emphasis is on literacy and numeracy skills to explain China's growth into a major superpower.  Students investigate another powerful force shaping the land; glaciers, and using this knowledge, they are given the opportunity to embed their Year 8 map skills by undertaking a decision making exercise on locating a tourist facility in the Lake District. Fieldwork has been developed to prepare students for the KS4 course.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography 

At Davison, we are studying the AQA GCSE Geography course. The course covers three key areas, which are:
 
1) Living with the physical environment - including the topics of rivers and coasts, ecosystems and natural hazards
 
2) Challenges in the human environment - including urban issues, development, and resource management.
 
3) Geographical Applications - this includes geographical skills, fieldwork, and a decision making exercise.
 
The course includes studying a range of place-based case studies and examples, to help connect geographical theory to the real world. We make the most of opportunities to use ICT, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and online mapping software.
 
 
The course has a balance of theoretical and practical work, encouraging an active involvement in the subject. It aims to enthuse and stimulate interest among the learners and provides an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue Geography at A Level or as a career. It gives students an understanding of global geographical issues and how to apply them to a range of contexts. Learners are prepared with real skills, such as, map reading and the use of new technologies, like GIS, enquiry and analysis through fieldwork and research to assist geographical investigation.