Students start the year with a general introduction to Geography looking at Physical, Human and Environmental Geography. They then move on to map work, developing their skills with atlases and Ordnance Survey maps. Particular skills to be developed include compass directions, scale and measuring distance, and 4 and 6 figure grid references.
In the spring term students will study Economic Activities, in particular looking at the primary sector and farming. They study the physical and human factors that affect farming and how farming has changed. In the secondary sector they will look at factory location and the decisions that affect different types of industries including textiles, iron and steel and high-tech industry. In the tertiary sector they will examine tourism.
In the summer term students investigate weather and climate. Consideration is given to the causes of rainfall and the characteristics of wind and temperature. Classroom learning is supported by fieldwork at Ferry Meadows. The term ends with an examination of global climates.
In the Autumn term students will study Natural Hazards. This includes the causes of earthquakes and volcanoes, and their effects on humankind. Students also examine the structure of the earth and the theory of Plate Tectonics.
In the Spring term students study Brazil and Ecosystems. Particular emphasis is placed on the country’s physical and human geography and the regional differences that exist in terms of development. Further consideration is given to the effects of deforestation on the environment of the equatorial rainforest.
During the summer term students will examine the processes responsible for the formation of coastal landforms. Consideration is also given to erosional and depositional features, before students investigate the interaction between humans and coasts. The year ends with a study of environmental issues.
In the autumn term students are engaged in studying Population and Development. The Population module introduces students to distributions of people, both nationally and globally, and considers the many factors influencing birth, death and migration. The Development module encourages students to compare countries of differing economic development and examine the control that economics has on quality of life and social provision.
In the spring term students study a module on Settlement. Introductory lessons focus on the site, function, pattern and growth of towns and cities in the UK. The module is completed with closer examination of the structure of cities across the world.
In the summer term students are engaged in the study of Rivers. This module considers how a river changes from the source to the mouth. Students investigate how river landforms are formed.