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Geography

Year 7

In Year 7 the geography curriculum begins by developing students' ability to interpret cartographical sources, as well as understanding the relevance of the subject. Students will complete an extended project asking them to consider the geography of their favourite place. They will then move on to focus on Ordnance Survey maps, developing vital map reading skills. In Lent term, students will study disaster geography, with a particular focus on the 2011 Japan tsunami. In addition we explore the opportunities and challenges facing Africa, considering the diverse nature of the continent. Trinity term is spent examining the importance of place in geography, as well as producing an entry for the Royal Geographical Society annual Young Geographer of the Year competition. Homework in geography is set as extended projects which are split up into weekly tasks, usually over the space of a half term. This allows students the opportunity to more fully evaluate and research a place or topic, providing stretch and challenge.

Extracurricular

During Lent term students usually have the opportunity to compete in a local Geographical Association Worldwise Quiz against other schools. This involves a series of questions in small teams testing their geographical knowledge. In Trinity term all students compete in the Royal Geographical Society Young Geographer of the Year competition which involves producing an independent piece of research in relation to a topic set yearly by the RGS. Students present this work as an A3 poster. The 2020 title was 'The world beyond my window'. We also run our own school geography photography competition which students are encouraged to enter in Lent term.

Year 8

In Year 8, the geography curriculum begins with a focus on weather and climate. This provides students with an opportunity to study microclimates, which involves collecting fieldwork data about the school's microclimate. Students then study globalisation with a particular focus on fashion. Students examine the positive and negative aspects of globalisation including a sweatshop simulation game to show the conditions faced by factory workers in developing countries. In Lent term students focus on the geography of conflict through studying geopolitics in Russia. After Easter, students study coastal processes at Lulworth Cove, Dorset. This includes a day trip to the coast where students complete field work activities to answer the question, 'Is the management of tourism effective at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door?' In addition, they will produce an entry for the Royal Geographical Society annual Young Geographer of the Year competition. Homework in geography is set as extended projects which are split up into weekly tasks, usually over the space of a half term. This allows students the opportunity to more fully evaluate and research a place or topic, providing stretch and challenge.

Extracurricular

In Trinity term, Year 8 students spend the day visiting Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in Dorset. During the visit, students complete a range of field work activities related to coastal processes and the impact of tourism. In addition, all students compete in the Royal Geographical Society Young Geographer of the Year competition in Trinity term, which involves producing an independent piece of research in relation to a topic set yearly by the RGS. Students present this work as an A3 poster. The 2020 title was 'The world beyond my window'. We also run our own school geography photography competition which students are encouraged to enter in Lent term.