Geography Department

Art Department

Geography staff: Mr N Middleton (Head of Department and Faculty), Mr W Speke (Assistant Headteacher), Mrs T Jarvis and C Kaiser

We have a strong history of results in the geography department, with high standards and expectations for our learners.  We aim to broaden students' understanding of the world they live in, and to enable them to make sense of the interactions of the physical and human world. We aim to foster a lifelong love of the subject. Ultimately we aim to facilitate learners to achieve beyond their target grades and to gain a rich sense of citizenship of their local and global community.

Geography Key Stage 3

Year 7

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on students' achievements at primary school, introducing new skills and new contexts. We aim to introduce students to a range of geographical issues at a range of scales, form local to global, and to build up their geographical skills. Students study six units a year:

Term 1 Our Environment 
Term 2 Map Skills
Term 3 The Geography of the UK 
Term 4 Tropical Rainforests 
Term 5 Extreme climate zones
Term 6 Tourism

Students in Year 7 have the opportunity to visit the living rainforest in Newbury, as part of their Geography course in term 4.

Geography Key Stage 3

Year 8

Students study six units, as follows:

Term 1 Tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes)

Term 2 Environmental issues

Term 3 Rivers

Term 4 Population

Term 5 Migration

Term 6 The Geography of sport

Students in Year 8 visit the Henley river museum in term 5 as part of their course.

Geography Key Stage 3

Year 9

Students study six units, as follows:

Term 1 Coasts

Term 2 Extreme weather

Term 3 Climatology

Term 4 Development – why are nations different?

Term 5 Development – comparing the developing world to the developed

Term 6 The geography of the crime

Students in Year 9 do fieldwork at Lulworth Cove during term 1 as part of their Geography course.

Geography Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11

Exam Board:   OCR

Specification: Geography B J385 

We have an excellent history of results in the geography department, with high standards and expectations for our learners.  We aim to broaden students' understanding of the world they live in, and to enable them to make sense of the interactions of the physical and human world.  We also hope to foster a sense of citizenship. We aim to foster a lifelong love of the subject. Ultimately we aim to facilitate learners to achieve beyond their target grades.

The modules we will cover are:

Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts
Theme 2: Population and Settlement
Theme 3: Natural Hazards
Theme 4: Economic Development

Students are assessed in three units for their GCSE:

Unit 1: Sustainable Decision Making
Students sit a 90 minute written paper worth 25% of the GCSE. The paper is based on 1 of the 4 themes (a different one each year). To help guide students in exam a booklet containing resources and maps about the specific topic is given.
Unit 2: Geographical Enquiry
This is similar to coursework, but set as controlled assessment. This simply means the pupils can't work on writing their report at home. This work is worth 25% of the GCSE in total. The controlled assessment will be based on a question set by the exam board for either rivers, coasts, people and settlement and economic development and involving primary (on fieldtrip) and secondary (home research) data collection.
Students aim to write 2000 words in 20 hours of class time in the computer rooms. Students undertake field work in term one of year 11 within Oxfordshire to collect primary data for their coursework
Unit 3: Key Geographical Themes
Students sit a 105 minutes written exam worth 50% of the GCSE, based on 3 of the 4 themes. Here case study knowledge, i.e. Hurricane Katrina 2005, is key as it worth over a third of the mark in this paper. 

Geography Key Stage 5

Sixth Form

Exam Board:  Edexcel 

Specification: 8GE01

A level Geography is an exciting, dynamic 21st century subject which covers current world issues at both a local and a global scale. The subject looks at how people and the environment interact.