Faculty of Humanities
Mr P Ware - Subject Leader
Mrs R McElhone - Head of Faculty
Ms. S Jennings
Ms S Jones
At St Peter’s Geography department, we aim to provide all pupils with the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Our Geography curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop their knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
- Deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
- Explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
- Develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches.
- Enable young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.
Students can progress from this course to:
- A-Level Geography
- Level 3 vocational qualifications in science, for example. BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism.
KS3 Curriculum 2020-2021
Year 7, 8 and 9
In Years 7, 8 and 9, all students follow the KS3 National Curriculum. They receive 3 lessons of Geography per fortnight and are taught in mixed attainment groups. Students in KS3 will have a half termly and end of year exams. Pupils study the following topics in Geography:
Year 7 Programme of Study
- ‘The World Around Me’ – an introduction to Geography that looks at the world around us using a variety of maps at different scales.
- ‘A Dangerous World’ – how plate tectonics has created our world and how it can still have devastating consequences.
- ‘A Rising World’ – a study of the world’s coasts and how they are changing.
- ‘An Urban World’ – how the growth of cities has transformed the way that we live.
- ‘A Growing World’ – a study of how the world’s population is growing, and how this will affect our future.
- ‘An Environmental Study’ – pupils will go outside the classroom and apply some of the skills that they have learned this year to fieldwork.
Year 8 Programme of Study
- ‘An Unfair World’ – a study of how different parts of the world face development challenges, and how this could be tackled.
- ‘A Fragile World’ – how human use of the world’s resources is threatening our future.
- ‘An Amazing World’ – a journey around the world’s ecosystems, looking at its amazing plants and animals.
- ‘A Watery World’ – a study of the world’s rivers and how they change the shape of the land around them.
- ‘A Changing World’ – a study of climate change and how we can tackle it.
Year 9 Programme of Study
- 'A Globalised World' - A study of globalisation and its impacts.
- 'Our Northern World' - A study of the North of England and how it is changing to adapt to the future.
- · GCSE Taster - Natural Hazards - A study of plate tectonics that will enable students to gain an insight into what it is like to study GCSE Geography.
KS4 Curriculum 2020-2021
Student’s own fieldwork will not be assessed in 2020/21 examinations
Year 10 and 11
Students follow the Department for Education GCSE Geography content, through AQA GCSE specification. All pupils are in mixed ability sets and are taught by a specialist Geography teacher. At the end of Year 11 all students will be entered for:
Paper 1 – Living with the Physical Environment (35% of final grade)
- The Challenge of Natural Hazards.
- The Living World.
- Physical Landscapes in the UK.
Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment (35% of final grade)
- Urban Issues and Challenges.
- The Changing Economic World.
- The Challenges of Resource Management.
Paper 3 – Geographical Applications (30% of final grade)
- Issue Evaluation