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Geography at St Thomas More is taught to emphasise the relationship between the physical and the human environment, to stimulate an understanding of the world in which we live. This enables pupils to feel a sense of awe in the physical and human world and to engage with current environmental issues. 

Particular prominence is given to sustainability and sustainable development.

KS3 What’s taught 
A thematic approach to geography is provided in Years 7, 8 and 9 that offers a range of different topics to ensure the key themes of place, scale, independence, physical and human processes, cultural understanding, diversity, environmental interaction and sustainable development are taught and learnt.

Year 7 students study the United Kingdom, World Biomes, Fantastic Places, Extreme Weather Events, and Africa. They complete the year with a practical fieldwork investigation about the local area that considers the impacts of regeneration on an urban environment.

In Year 8, students learn about Globalisation, BRIC, rivers, resource management, the Urban World, and the Middle East; many students most memorable topic.

In Year 9 students develop their understanding of human and physical environments to help prepare them for GCSE geography. They do this through the study of plate tectonics, population and settlement change, tourism, glacial environments coasts and extreme environments.

Click here to read the Y7, Y8 and Y9 programme of study

GCSE Geography 
GCSE Geography students will follow AQA GCSE Geography (8035).

Students choosing to take geography for GCSE will follow the AQA Geography specification. This is broken down into three examination components:

Paper one; Living with the Physical Environment

This is a study of the natural world focusing on the challenge of natural hazards, the living world, and physical landscapes of the UK. Under these, heading the students will get to study plate tectonics, weather hazards, climate change, biome distributions, the tropical rainforest, hot deserts, UK river systems and UK coastal environments.

Paper two; Challenges in the Human Environment

This is the study of the human world with an overarching theme of development. The focus is on urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world, and the challenge of resource management. Students will student urbanisation and it challenges and opportunities in both developed and developing world cities, the role of squatter settlements and the informal economy, water, energy and food supplies with a particular focus on energy in the UK.

Paper three; Geographical Applications

This element of the specification has three distinct areas, an issue evaluation, geographical skills, and fieldwork. The issue evaluation assess the students ability to apply the geography they have learnt to a set of resources they are provided with in advance of the examination, after thorough study of the information provided they have to make a justified and well informed decision about a particular scenario. Students are tested on their graphical, cartographic, and statistical skills. Additionally they have to evaluate and justify two pieces of verified fieldwork they have conducted over their years of study. 

Papers one and two are each 35% of the student’s final grade whereas paper three is 30%.

Click here to read the Y10 and Y11  programme of study

Fieldwork opportunities

Students are given opportunities to engage with a range of offsite activities throughout key stage three and four. This will range from data collection activities, visits to museums and the Royal Geographical Society and fieldwork for external examinations.

GCSE geography students conduct their fieldwork on the topic of their controlled assessment. 
Extra curricular
Through enrichment days and coursework activities the geography department is involved in a variety of extra curricular activities.
Further information about Humanities qualifications please contact Ms H Thorne.                      
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