Geography

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before and our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography we believe explains the changes and helps to prepare people. It is a subject about now and the future.

Within the Geography department at CRGS we aim to deliver diverse and dynamic courses at all key stages to prepare to help our students understand the world they live in. We aim to produce Geographers who have a unique viewpoint and are able to combine political and economic ideas with an understanding of the physical processes within the landscape. We believe Geography develops the ability to combine scientific principles with economic awareness, environmental concern and an appreciation and tolerance of peoples’ attitudes and values.

The Department

  • Mr J Longshaw (Head of department)
  • Mr A Manning
  • Mr C Reed

Most teaching is carried out in two centrally-located specialist-rooms, both of which are equipped with digital projectors, smart boards plus extensive display boards. The main geography room has 16 networked computers which students are free to use for their studies at lunch and after school.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 to 9 we aim to introduce a wide range of topics which come under the umbrella of Physical and Human Geography whilst also developing a wide range of more practical ICT, Graphical, Cartographical and field work skills.

Year 7

  • Introduction to the subject.
  • Core skills – map and photographic work.
  • The local environment.
  • Understanding weather & climate.
  • Understanding the countryside ~ farming.
  • The unstable earth ~ earthquakes, volcanoes.

Year 8

  • Brazil – tropical rainforest, development & the environment, urban change.
  • Glaciation –  Physical processes and landforms. Tourist management in the Alps.
  • Development – the state of the world, rich and poor, projects to help reduce inequality.
  • The Arctic - issues and challenges in a fragile environment.

Year 9

  • Environmental conflict – various locations with particular issues – the Aral Sea (CIS), the Three Gorges Dam (China), Las Vegas, Dubai.
  • China - development of a superpower.
  • Population – births and deaths, migration (Mexico / USA and the EU), policy in China.

GCSE Geography (Option)

AQA: Subjct Code 8035

The Geography syllabus is designed to encourage the development of a wide range of skills to further knowledge and understanding of modern Geography.

Pupils will cover the following areas:

Physical Geography

The challenge of natural hazards, physical landscapes of the UK (how weathering, rivers, ice and sea affect the land and man’s activities) and the living world will be studied.

Human Geography

Urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management will be covered.

Geography will enable pupils to acquire skills of: understanding, reading and interpreting digital maps; interpreting photographs, including satellite images; drawing maps, diagrams, graphs and tables; collecting, analysing, presenting and interpreting various types of data; including, as a compulsory element, the use of ICT-based techniques.

Work will involve reading, writing, drawing, modelling, using contemporary case studies, DVDs and class discussions. Within the course two days of fieldwork will be completed to prepare for the Geographical application paper.

Exams consist of:

Unit 1: Physical Geography 1 hour 30 minutes 35% of the marks available

Unit 2: Human Geography 1 hour 30 minutes 35% of the marks available

Unit 3: Geographical Application 1 hour 30% of the marks available

Geography actively promotes an awareness of the environment, both natural and manmade, and it develops an appreciation of the need for informed and balanced decision making in its management. It includes important skills such as the collection, processing, interpretation and presentation of information and its development of graphic and communication skills are important in a wide array of modern careers. There is an excellent link on the Royal Geographical Society website that expands on this.

Many of our pupils have gone on to use Geography in specific careers such as cartography, GIS, surveying and the civil service for example whilst an increasing number use their degree as a pathway onto graduate management training schemes or transfer their skills to areas such as finance, banking and law.

Sixth Form Geography

A Level AQA Geography Specification

Year 12

Three units of work studied (4 hours of lessons per week)

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Hazards
  • Changing Places 

Lower Sixth Form students will also complete 4 days field study and start writing a Geographical investigation (3,000 – 4,000 words) which is submitted as part of the A level assessment.

Year 13

Three units of work studied (5 hours of lessons per week)

  • Global Systems and Governance
  • Population and the Environment
  • Costal Systems

A2 Exam - Linear 2 year course

Component 1: Physical Geography

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A Level

Component 2: Human

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A Level

Component 3: Geographical Investigation

  • 3,000 - 4,000 words
  • 35 marks
  • 20% of A Level

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