Geography

Think of the changes that have taken place in the world over the last 50 years and what changes are likely to happen in the next 50 years. Is the world going to be the same for your children and grandchildren as it is for you? The world in which we live is diverse, inspiring and always changing. By studying Geography you can participate more fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world. Geography explains why changes are happening and helps to prepare you for those changes. It enables young people, to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens. Through Geography you will learn to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, people, and cultures. Geography is therefore a vital subject resource for 21st century global citizens. It will inspire you to think about your place in the world, your values and your rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

  • Provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives.
  • Develops a knowledge and understanding of current events- from local to global
  • Provides opportunities through fieldwork for the first hand investigation of places, environments and human behaviour
  • Develops transferable skills for the future, including literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving, team work, thinking skills and enquiry
  • Prepares for the world of work- with their transferable skills geographers are highly employable!!!
Geography Curriculum Plan
Year 7:
  • What is Geography?:     Map skills, fieldsketches,
  • The Geography of my stuff: Personal geography, connections to the rest of the world
  • Rivers and Coasts: the water cycle, river processes, river landforms, flooding, river management, coastal
  • processes and landforms, coastal management
  • Africa: Perceptions of Africa, climate, lifestyles in Kenya
  • Geography of the UK:    Britain’s climate, population and migration, and local environments
  • Risky World:   Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunami, hurricanes
  • World Issues: Global warming, world conflict, migration, resource management
Year 8:
  • Adventure Landscapes: UK landscapes, tropical rainforest, polar regions, hot deserts, mountain landscapes and glaciation
  • Geography of Science: flashpoints, swine flu, earthquakes, climate change
  • Who wants to be a billionaire? How is wealth spread around the world?, how does global trade work? Child labour, transnational corporations, Fairtrade.
  • The Geography of Crime: perceptions of crime, locations of crime, plotting and analysing crime data, designing environments to reduce the risk of crime
  • Asia: physical and human geography of Asia, India’s climate, urban and rural environments in India, China’s population, natural hazards, tourism, development of Asian nations.
  • Paradise Lost: tourism and its effects on different locations such as Thailand.
GCSE (Year 9, 10, 11)

Awarding Body: AQA

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

  • The challenge of natural hazards- tectonics, storms, climate change
  • Physical landscapes in the UK- rivers and coasts
  • The living world – ecosystems, tropical rainforest, hot deserts
Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment
  • Urban issues and challenges- urban growth and change, and sustainability
  • The changing economic world- economic changes and impacts in the UK.
  • The challenge of resource management- food and water and energy.
Unit 3: Geographical applications
  • Issue evaluation- pre-release resource 12 weeks before the exam which you study and then get examined on
  • Fieldwork – 2 pieces of fieldwork (1 human, 1 physical) which you learn and then get examined on.
A2 Geography (Year 12 and 13)

Awarding body: AQA

Unit 1: Physical Geography: Exam paper 2.5 hours written paper totalling 40% of the A-Level

  • Water and carbon cycles: contemplate the magnitude and significance of the cycles at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations.
  • Coastal systems and landscapes: study the dynamic environments in which landscapes develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and terrestrial and marine sediments.
  • Hazards: focus on the lithosphere and the atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present hazards to human populations, often in dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion.
Unit 2: Human Geography :
Exam paper 2.5 hours written paper totalling 40% of the A-Level
  • Global systems and global governance: a focus on globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades.
  • Changing Places: focus on peoples’ engagement with places and their experiences of them
  • Population and Environment: examines how population growth and change impact on the environment and vice versa, and considers the impact of economic development and changing lifestyle
Unit 3: Geographical investigation: 20% of the A-level

Students will complete a 3000 - 4000 word individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by you relating to any part of the specification content.

Head of Geography 
Miss Coleman: colemank@ashlawn.org.uk
Teachers of Geography
Mrs Charlotte Carter: cartercc@ashlawn.org.uk
Mrs Lucy Fallon: fallonl@ashlawn.org.uk
Mrs Martha Bruchez: bruchezm@ashlawn.org.uk