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Geography

Subject Leaders:

Key Stage 3: Mrs Pip Kingston

pip.kingston@queenkatherine.org

Key Stage 4: Mr Sam Gibbs

sam.gibbs@queenkatherine.org

Key Stage 5: Mr Ian Gaunt

ian.gaunt@queenkatherine.org

Geography at QKS

Students will travel the world from the classroom.

The study of both physical and human geography empowers students with the knowledge and understanding to investigate the world around them.

Key Stage 3

During the journey through Year 7, 8 and 9 Geography, students build upon their Key Stage 2 knowledge.

At Primary School, Geography is mainly taught within ‘topics’ and as such many students wrongly believe they have never been taught Geography.  Year 7 focusses on Geography from a local scale through to global interconnections. In Year 8, students investigate geographical change through hazards and climate, both within the UK and farther afield.  Year 9 then culminates in an investigation of how humans are both threatening and protecting ecosystems, and whether this is inevitable for a country to develop.

Geographical skills are taught, revisited and built upon throughout Key Stage 3. Students master traditional map skills, are able to interpret resources and examine different stakeholders’ points of view.  There are an array of skills links with all subjects, particularly maths and science.  There are also optional field trips each year, as well as fieldwork investigations within the school grounds.

Year 7 Summary

Year 8 Summary

Year 9 Summary

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography provides students with an integrated and in-depth knowledge and understanding of why the world is the way it is and the interconnections between people, places and environments over differing geographical and temporal scales.

It encompasses a broad range of topics, such as climate change, natural hazards, shifts in economic power, ecosystems, urbanisation, physical landscapes and the sustainable use of resources such as food, energy and water.  Within these topics, we explore case studies at a variety of scales and in countries with differing levels of development. 

In terms of skills, students will experience fieldwork where they are encouraged to ask geographical questions; plan enquiries; collect, present, interpret, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources; and suggest further ideas for geographical enquiry.  Geography also develops a wide range of general skills and capabilities that can be applied in everyday life, for example, decision-making; empathy; ICT; communication; an appreciation and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity; teamwork; creativity; and critical thinking.

Year 10 Summary

Year 11 Summary

Exam board:

AQA

GCSE Geography Specification

Enrichment

Numerous trips to support geographical study and outside speakers;

  • Y7 – Ingleton waterfalls walk and White Scar Caves; outside speaker: energy
  • Y8 – Outside speakers on climate change
  • Y9 – Chester Zoo
  • Y10 – Sorrento
  • Y11 – St Bees and Keswick field trip
  • Y12/13 –Kendal, Morecambe, Liverpool, Sefton Coast and Iceland