Unity City Academy

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Geography

‘Without geography, you’re nowhere.’Author unknown.

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. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Aims of the Department:

The geography department follow the key aims of the national curriculum which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

KS3 Curriculum:

Students in KS3 follow a broad curriculum which ensures that a range of geographical skills are taught so students become confident in the skills needed as they approach KS4.

Students in Year 7 study a range of geographical skills (including map skills), settlements, urbanisation, weather and the UK.

Students in Year 8 continue to develop and build upon the geographical skills they learned in Year 7 by studying natural environments (including tropical rainforests and deserts), population change, energy and global issues, tourism and rivers and coasts. This will give students the key skills and knowledge to follow the GCSE course should they choose this option.

KS4 Curriculum:

Students follow a linear course in Geography (meaning they sit all exams at the end of the course). There are 3 assessed units within the course with geographical skills embedded in all of the units:

Living with the physical environment (35% of final grade)

Challenges in the human environment (35% of final grade)

Geographical applications (30% of final grade)

Geographical skills

This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.  Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Staff:

Miss L Patterson – Curriculum Leader of Humanities

Mrs A Brown – Second in Department

Miss L Johnson – Geography teacher (KS3 & 4)

Miss B Whitfield – Geography teacher (KS3 & 4)

Miss C Pywell – Geography teacher (KS4)

Mr L Boyd-Hill (Humanities teacher KS3)