Geography

In Geography, our intent is for the curriculum to promote a curiosity about the world and the people within it for our learners. The curriculum will enable our learners to be confident to understand and ask questions about the world around them, both locally, regionally and internationally. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to promote young people’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We want pupils to become global citizens who are able to make sense of a complex and ever-changing world.

DEEP Curriculum Overview:

In Year 7 and 8, pupils will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. In line with our DEEP curriculum, they will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they will develop a greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches, concepts and geographical skills, and in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way, pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding. Pupils will also gain an appreciation of the geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of both physical and human geography. Each year, pupils will be assessed against the difference geographical concepts of: location and place, change, cause and effect, systems and processes, inequality and planning and decision making.


Topics / Areas of Study:

Year 7

  • Making Connections – How does Geography relate to my world?
  • Fantastic Places – What makes our world ‘fantastic’?
  • Dynamic Earth – Why is the Earth dangerous?
  • Our Unequal World – What makes the world so unfair?
  • Rainforests at Risk – Why do we need to protect the rainforest?
  • Our Frozen Home – How have glaciers shaped the landscape?

Year 8

  • Global Issues – Is it too late to save Planet Earth?
  • The Crisis of Conflict – Why is the world at war?
  • Changing Cities – How can cities be sustainable?
  • Exploring China – How is China different to the UK?
  • The Coastal Zone – How does the sea shape the land?
  • Geographies of Health – Is it only the poor who suffer?

In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils build and deepen their knowledge about countries, processes and landscapes. They will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). It provides pupils with the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. The GCSE course, following the AQA exam board specification, deepens understanding of geographical processes, illuminates the impact of change and of complex people-environmental interactions, highlights the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develops pupils’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography at Ian Ramsey allows young people to be globally and environmentally informed, as well as thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

Year 9

Living with the physical environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes of the UK

Year 10

Challenges in the human environment

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Year 11

Geographical applications

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork