Geography

Curriculum Intent
  1. Curiosity: About our world. We aim for our Geography curriculum to foster a sense of curiosity in our students. We want our students to be asking ‘why’ something happens or ‘how’ things look the way they do.
  2. Wonderment: Our world is full of natural wonders and our curriculum aims to highlight some of these to our students, from the spectacular Niagara Falls to the rugged coastline of the UK, from the alien landscape of the hot deserts to the isolated and barren polar regions. Our curriculum aims to stimulate a sense of awe over these landscapes and the grand sense of scale in their creation and modification.
  3. Appreciation: For the planet and its fragile nature. Our curriculum highlights the need for sustainability and the climate crisis. We want our students to be aware of this as they move through the years at Trinity and to appreciate that we are stewards of this planet who need to look after it.
  4. Citizenship: We are all one people with connections all over the world. The various units in our human geography curriculum highlight the need for understanding of different cultures and beliefs as well as engaging our students in political issues across the planet.
  5. Knowledge: Our curriculum will enable our students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world around them; contemporary issues, human and physical processes and the diverse human and physical landscapes around the globe. They will know that “Everything has to do with Geography.”
Strengths of the Department

We employ a variety of innovative teaching styles in the Geography department so that all students are able to reach their full potential. We tend not to rely heavily on textbooks but use them as a resource to dip in and out of.

We use thinking skills activities to great effect and have used the school’s excellent ICT facilities to provide opportunities for students to research major world issues and events such as the recent World Cup.

As well as the subject content, we also ensure that students are taught a variety of skills that they will need for their further education and employment. This includes data analysis, presentation skills, graphical skills, team work and independent learning.

Achievements

We have forged links with Manchester University that have involved collaboration with the Archaeology and Anthropology departments. We have also successfully run volunteering opportunities where undergraduate and postgraduate students have helped our GCSE students with their internet researching skills. We run a successful fieldtrip to a local National Park each year in order for our GCSE students to collect data for their controlled assessments.

End of KS3 levels have improved year on year since 2012 and the number of students opting to take Geography at GCSE level has tripled since 2012.

Exam Board: AQA

Geography Curriculum

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
What is Geography?

Basic Fieldwork Skills

The UK – Our Place

Where in the World?

OS Map Skills Population

Migration

Urbanisation

Climate Change

Extreme Weather

Tropical Storms

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Watery World: Rivers
Processes, Landforms and Flooding
Watery World: Rivers

Our Unequal World

Our Unequal World: What is Development? Watery World: Coasts
Landforms, Management & Issues
Watery World: Glaciers
Landforms and Human Activity
A Global World:
Globalisation, TNCs, Exploitation & Tourism
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
The Restless Earth:
Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes
The Restless Earth:
Tsunamis and Volcanoes
Geopolitics:
What is GP? Human Rights, Gender Inequality, The Middle East & Global Conflict
Geopolitics – Completion

Criminal Geography: Urban Morphology & Crime

Criminal Geography Completion

Extreme Environments: Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests & Deserts

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Climate Change

Extreme Weather in the UK

Manchester Case Study

UK Economic Futures

Coastal Landscapes of the UK
River Landscapes of the UK
River Landscapes of the UK
Resource Management
REVISION FOR EOY EXAMINATION
Tectonic Hazards
Tectonic Hazards

Tropical Storms

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
The Development Gap Nigeria Case Study

REVISION FOR MOCK EXAMINATION

Cities in LICs/NEEs:
Megacities, Rio Case Study, Sustainable Cities
Living World: Tropical Rainforests & Deserts
Paper 3: Fieldwork Preparation
Paper 3: Pre-Release Issue Evaluation
REVISION FOR FINAL GCSE EXAMINATION PERSONALISED REVISION PROGRAMME

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