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Geography

"Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose"

Michael Palin – President of the Royal Geographical Society 

Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose

Michael Palin – President of the Royal Geographical Society

Geography is taught in mixed ability groups across Key Stages 3 and 4. All students are encouraged to develop their subject knowledge, to write well, to improve their ability to debate and analyse, and to think creatively when demonstrating their understanding of patterns and processes.

KS 3

Easter Island

Through a whistle stop tour of our amazing planet, we aim to develop our students’ sense of place to assist with their development of culture capital. Through the study of specific places, such as Easter Island, and the new 7 Wonders of the World, students will become map detectives, improving both their skills and their geographical knowledge. We focus on developing students’ map skills, including 4 and 6 figure grid references, distance, direction and height in order to lay the building blocks for progress through the Key Stages of the Geography National Curriculum. During this term, students will also undertake a local area project, where they can develop enquiry and research skills in the discovery of the unique area in which they live.
Spring Term: Coasts

We study our dynamic coast through the study of wave types, beaches and the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition. We encourage students to develop their ideas on how best to manage the coastline and the implications of rising sea levels. With current topical global concerns about Climate Change, we are able to introduce students to debate on pertinent questions on the effects of climate change in our own coastal settlement of Bude.

Summer Term: China

We study China as an example of an emerging superpower, investigating the human and physical geography of the country. We aim to introduce pupils to geographical similarities, differences and links between different regions, from Kamchatka to Tibet and look at the influence of population and the government on both the natural and manmade environment.

Year 8

GCSE Geography

GCSE Geography is a popular option for many students at Budehaven and we try to adapt the course to make it as relevant and current to the interests of our students as possible.

Students follow the AQA Geography syllabus (8035) covering the units of:

Maps

 
Geographic Skills

Over the two years, students will be required to develop and demonstrate a range of the foundation geographical skills acquired in KS3, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills. These skills are assessed in all three written exams, with questions based on OS maps, photographs and data manipulation.