Number of Sessions Per Week: 2 x 50 minute lessons
Homework: Once per week
The aim of Geography during Year 7 is to introduce topics, building on ideas and concepts taught at Key Stage 2, developing them and providing a pathway to additional skills and knowledge which will be taught during Years 8 and 9. Upon induction, Year 7 students are introduced to the skill of map reading, looking at OS maps and developing prior knowledge of symbols, roads, locations and contours. Topics covered after include Urban Transect, weather and climate studies, National parks as well as a hands-on field study. The purpose of the field study is to provide a basis for which practical demonstrations and skills can be learnt. Students will be required to find out information prior to the day of the field study. Whilst active, they will be required to record observations and think of topics and ideas related to what they are doing. A thorough write-up of the field study is then completed, and students are encouraged to make use of ICT facilities to devise graphs and data analysis techniques to include in their written report, which can take the form of a booklet, poster or presentation.
As students progress through Years 8 and 9, further topics will be covered which build upon the basic knowledge taught in Year 7 and Primary School. Topic areas include International Geography, such as looking at the Far East, Earthquakes, Ecosystems, Population and Urbanisation, as well as Employment structures and industry.