Geography is everywhere and we want to bring this to life. Our aim is to inspire all students at QEGS to develop an enquiring mind into the world around them. The topics we cover encourage students to think not just globally or nationally but allow them to recognise the importance of processes locally too. Geography has a key role in ensuring all students become informed global citizens who have the confidence and skills necessary to question and understand the diverse world around them. Geography is taught by experienced, enthusiastic and passionate subject specialists, it allows pupils to understand, describe and explain the ever-changing landscape of the modern world. We look at how physical systems have an impact on human systems and vice versa. We will ask the big questions and try to answer them.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 geography is a compulsory subject
After completing a baseline assessment pupils in year 7 will study;
• Where am I? In this topic, students will develop locational knowledge, including the physical and human characteristics of places. Students will also learn to interpret Ordnance Survey maps through studying the local area.
• The British Coast
In this topic students, will study coastal processes and understand how and why our coast is constantly changing. Students will gain an insight into coastal erosion, flooding and its management, recognising issues such as conflict and sustainability.
Students will study urbanisation and its impact on people and places in both high and low income countries. Pupils will look at various case studies to discover how cities can be managed sustainably.
• Weather hazards
Students will learn how we measure and forecast the weather and how weather systems are responsible for extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves and snowstorms. Students will also develop their enquiry skills through a school microclimate study which involves; collecting, analysing, presenting and concluding geographical data.
• Urban change in the UK
In this topic student’s will investigate where people live and how sites for early settlements were chosen. Students will also investigate how settlements change over time. We will look at Bristol, Liverpool, London and a local study of Blackburn, Ribchester and Middlebrook.
• Planet Earth
In this topic, students will study contrasting environmental regions and understand how climate, rocks and soil effect the flora and fauna of an ecosystem. Tropical rainforest, hot desert and cold environments will be studied in detail as we explore global ecosystems with the help of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series.
Students will discover the location, characteristics and diversity that exists within the newly emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
• Rocks, weathering and erosion
In this topic, students will focus on studying different types of rocks, how they are created and the impact that weathering and erosion has on our landscape and the landforms they create.
• River landscapes
Students will discover the water cycle, the journey a river takes from its source to its mouth and the landforms that are created. This topic will be complimented by an investigation into the economic activities that rivers can present.
• Geography in the news
In this topic, students will discover the geography behind the rapidly changing world around them. This topic is ever changing and diverse, students will have the opportunity to suggest current affairs that they wish to investigate which could range from climate change to political issues.
• Fantastic and impossible places
In this topic, students will discover various places across the world investigating the physical and human characteristics that govern its landscape. Places investigated range from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales to Svalbard in Norway.
• Tectonic Hazards
Students will look at the theory of plate tectonics and how physical landscapes were created through these processes. Students will understand how and why earthquakes and volcanoes occur along with the impacts of hazards on people and places in both high and low income countries.
• Before the flood
In this topic students will investigate the causes, impacts and solutions to the ongoing issue of climate change. Students will use the Leonardo Di Caprio 2016 documentary Before the Flood as the basis of this investigation.
• Tropic of Cancer
Students will journey across the Tropic of Cancer looking at the human and physical challenges that exist in some of the countries across the tropic. Students be guided with Simon Reeve’s documentary series “Tropic of Cancer” to investigate the geography of conflict, water issues, sustainability in rapidly evolving cities, and flooding in one of the world’s poorest counties.
• The Developing World
In this topic students will investigate counties of contrasting levels of development to gain an insight into the primary, secondary and tertiary and quaternary job roles within countries. Students will look at how development is measured and understand why development is so uneven across the world.
• Global resource management
Students will investigate this contemporary issues regarding energy, food and water resources. Students will look at the advantages and disadvantages as well as sustainable solutions to the issues of supply and demand.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, Geography is an optional subject. Students are given six lessons per cycle to study the AQA Geography GCSE course.
• Urban challenges
• The global pattern of urban change
• Urban growth in Rio de Janerio
• Urban challenges in the UK
• Sustainable development of urban areas
• Physical landscapes in the UK
• The physical diversity of the UK
• Coastal landscapes
• River or Glacial landscapes
• The changing economic world
• Economic development and quality of life
• Reducing the global development gap
• Economic development in Nigeria
• Economic change in the UK
• The living world
• Tropical rainforests
In year 10 students will investigate the hypothesis “There is evidence the negative impacts of tourism in a glaciated upland area are being managed successfully”
• The living world
• Hot deserts or cold environments
• The challenge of natural hazards
• Natural hazards
• Tectonic hazards across the world
• Weather hazards in the UK
• Climate change and its impact on the UK
• The challenge of resource management
• Global resource management
• Resources in the UK
• Food or Water or Energy use in the UK
In Year 11 students will investigate the hypothesis “Areas with a more diverse population are more likely to have more diverse shops and services”. The course is examined in three exams, a physical paper, human paper and an issue evaluation paper where fieldwork skills will also be assessed.
Facilities and Resources
All geography rooms are equipped with overhead projectors and students have the opportunity to complete investigations within one of the many computer suites across school.
At KS4 and KS5 students are given a copy of a relevant text book to accompany their studies, these will be used both within lesson and for homework tasks.
As a department, we subscribe to Geography Review, GeoFactsheet, GeoScience and are members of the Geographical Association.
We have a vast library of geographical videos, OS Maps, atlases and textbooks for use within lessons. To allow students to participate fully in fieldwork opportunities we have all equipment necessary to complete river studies, climate investigations and geological studies.
Trips and visits
Our fieldwork trips bring the processes we have studied within the classroom to life. Every year group conducts an investigation where all students collect, analyse, present and interpret the data collected in the field.
In year 7 all students will conduct an investigation into the settlement of Ribchester and the changing landscape of Middlebrook as part of the Urban change in the UK topic.
In Year 8 all students will investigate the economic opportunities along the rivers that make the Ingleton waterfalls trail as part of the river landscapes module.
In Year 9 all students will look at the landscape of Malham as part of the Fantastic and Impossible places topic.
In Year 10 all students who study GCSE Geography will investigate how the impacts of tourism are being managed in Grasmere and along the Easedale Tarn walk in the Lake District, this forms part of their paper 3 preparation.
In Year 11 all students who study GCSE Geography will investigate diversity and correlation between the range shops and services in Lancaster and Blackburn.
Various extra-curricular opportunities exist at QEGS for budding Geographers.
The Mission Explore programme encourages Year 7 students to explore the world around them by completing various missions. These will earn students credits and geography prizes.
Each lunch small groups of students will use equipment to take accurate readings of the local weather to update our BBC Weather Watchers profile.
Every Monday lunch Year 9 students are invited to look through The Observer to update the Geography in the News noticeboard in R1.
Geography clinics are an important activity for year 10 and year 11 students who are given a timetable of topics that will be covered to give an extra boost for exam skills and problem topics.
We also regularly run trips to Iceland and plan to go even further afield in the coming years.