Wednesday January 29th, 2020
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Geography means to write about Earth. We strive to ensure that Geography provides our students with a deep and rich understanding of the world in which they live.

Geography education within Gosford Hill aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful global citizens. Our curriculum is not about students leaving with a long list of facts about the world; we want our students to appreciate the ever-evolving nature of Geography as an academic discipline.

Through our sequences of learning experiences, students will steadily work out how the world works and how it can and will change in the future. Students will learn about places that are outside of their own experience, they will develop their understanding of the world’s diversity of environments, peoples, cultures and economies. Students will develop a global ‘open mindedness’ so that they can challenge stereotypes and understand the fluidity of key ideas and concepts. In their lessons, students will view the world objectively and go beyond their everyday experience.

Students will be encouraged to develop a deep and descriptive conceptual world knowledge that enables them to explain relationships in both the natural and human realms. Students will then utilize the knowledge and be equipped with the tools to think through alternative social, economic and environmental futures for a range of places.

Teaching is designed to help students to remember in the long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger geographical concepts. Students confident to debate and discuss their knowledge of topics and respond to feedback in a way that is progressive.

Key Stage Three

These are the developmental years where the curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study a variety of contemporary and fundamental topics. This is to enable students to gain a deep and powerful knowledge in Geography.

Topic 1Topic 2Topic 3Topic 4Topic 5Topic 6
Year 7UK in the
wider world
Climate ChangeBrazilPopulation & UrbanisationRivers
Year 8Africa &
Crime and conflictTectonic – risky worldTectonic – risky worldEnvironments in dangerCoasts

Key Stage Four

The students study the current 9-1 AQA GCSE course (8305) AQA GCSE. Geography builds on the fundamental knowledge and understanding that has been developed in key stage 3. The course works to extend students’ geographical thinking and application.

In Year 9 we study:

  • Physical landscapes in the UK – River landscapes
  • Physical landscapes in the UK – Coastal landscapes
  • Challenges of resource management – Food management

In Year 10 we study:

  • The challenge of natural hazards – Tectonic, Weather hazards and climate change
  • Urban issues and challenges – The Urban world – Rio, Oxford and sustainable urban development
  • The living world – Tropical rainforests and cold environments (Svalbard)

In Year 11 we study:

  • Year 11 The changing economic world – The development gap, Nigeria and the changing UK economy
  • Fieldwork – Amersham River study and Oxford Westgate regeneration study.
  • Issue evaluation – Pre-release booklet (12 weeks before exam) Revision

Key Stage Five

OCR Geography A Level develops students understanding of physical processes, human development and the complex interaction of the two, allowing them to come to a holistic appreciation of geographical issues today. Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to: show knowledge, critical understanding of the content, apply knowledge and critical understanding to unfamiliar contexts; select and use a variety of skills and techniques including communication skills appropriate to geographical studies.

In Year 12 we study:

  • Human interactions – Changing spaces, making places
  • Human interactions – Global migration
  • Human interactions – Human Rights
  • Physical systems – Coastal landscapes
  • Physical systems – Earth’s life support systems

In Year 13 we study:

  • Geographical debates – Disease Dilemmas
  • Geographical debates – Hazardous Earth
  • Complete an independent investigation

Geography Department

  • Miss H. Curtis (Head of Humanities)
  • Mr S. Buckley
  • Miss E. Black
  • Miss A. Campbell

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