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Geography

In Geography we encourage students to become critical thinkers by investigating some of the current and continuously changing global issues such as climate change and the overuse of resources. Students will question the world around them; is the UK globally significant? What is the best strategy for aiding development of low income countries? Are global multinationals the best force against pandemics, like coronavirus?

We also provide opportunities for students to investigate the natural world in which we all live by studying some of the Earth’s most awe-inspiring features such as the Yellowstone Supervolcano or the Hawaiian volcanic hotspot. Students will be equipped with the skills to analyse the success of the management of the natural world, from earthquake mitigation in Japan to coastal management at Formby Beach.

 Ultimately, Geography will encourage students to become a responsible global citizen who critically questions, analyses and evaluates the changing world around them. 

 

 

The Department

Geography is a department of two. Miss Goldstein and Miss McLean are like yin and yang, from preferring dogs to cats, tea to coffee, Human Geography to Physical Geography; Miss Goldstein likes nothing better than an urban Geography field trip, whereas Miss McLean is happiest measuring the carbon content of pine trees in Storeton Woods. This reflects the nature of Geography as a versatile, yet traditional subject which allows students to study elements of both the social and scientific. Therefore, we enable you to achieve your personal best and open up the doors to whatever career path you want for your future.

Course organisation

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Map skills- an introduction to OS map skills, so pupils can identify, describe, and locate landforms using grid references, relief, and scale.  They will study continents, oceans, latitude and longitude.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Pupils begin by studying the topic of population which includes the causes, consequences and possible responses to different population structures, such as ageing and youthful populations with examples from the UK and Africa. They will also study the theory behind population growth and practise their geographical skills by studying population pyramids.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Coasts- Here pupils will study some of the processes behind different landforms such as erosion, weathering, and deposition. They will be able to explain the formation of some of the UK’s most awe-inspiring landforms such as Old Harry.  Fieldwork skills take place in the summer term with a trip to Martin Mere with a focus on water quality and ecology, and a school-based investigation.

 

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Climate Change- Geography in Year 8 is also split into thirds, the first topic will be Climate Change. Pupils study the causes, consequences, and current responses to this global issue. Case studies include some of the coastal landscapes they studied in Year 7, in addition to wider UK and global examples such as Tuvalu, possibly one of the first nations to be lost to climate change.

 

Half Terms

3 & 4

Dynamic Development - Development is the second topic, a wide-ranging Human Geography topic that involves looking at reasons for our global development gap, using a variety of examples, including some of those from the Climate Change unit. This is followed by studying the consequences of poor economic and social development in low-income countries and suggesting some possible solutions to these issues at different scales.

 

Half Terms

5 & 6

Extreme Environments - 

 

pupils study three main biomes – polar, tropical rainforest and hot desert. In addition to their climate, flora, and fauna they will study some of the threats to these biomes, including exploitation and climate change.

Fieldwork skills take place in the summer term with a carbon investigation in Princes Park underpinned with theory from the Climate Change topic.

 

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Urbanisation- pupils will study concepts and processes related to urbanisation, including the effects of the growing number of mega cities on our planet, re-urbanisation, and the impact of current issues like the changing economy on the structure of cities. They will also complete a piece of investigative fieldwork relating to urban Liverpool.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Active Earth- we study tectonics such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as their prediction, monitoring and the protection of populations in tectonically active cities around the world

Half Terms

5 & 6

Climatic Hazards- The pupils will then study climatic hazards, such as el Nino and la Nina, tropical storms, and tornadoes. As well as the processes that cause these events, they will study their impact on low-income developing countries (compared to advanced countries) and investigate whether their incidence has increased because of climate change.

 

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Global Hazards- tectonic and climatic hazards and their influence on people, using case studies of the Big E! eruption in Iceland and the super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This provides students with a deeper understanding of some of the processes in Active Earth & Climatic Hazards.

 

Urban Futures- urban processes and sustainability in an advanced country city (Liverpool) and a low-income developing country city (Lagos). This builds upon learning in the urbanisation topic and challenges pupils to compare cities of different levels of development.

 

Half Terms

3 & 4

Distinctive Landscapes - a mixture of coasts and rivers. This uses some of the concepts and processes from year 7 Geography, but the students also assess the management and protection of these landforms and assess the sustainability of this. UK in the 21st Century- 

 

UK in the 21st Century - a study of the UK's relevance in the modern world. This varied unit assesses the UK's global influence and the changing nature of the UK economy, as well as the sustainability of the UK's population structure, building upon year 7 study by investigating and evaluating possible solutions. 

 

Half Terms

5 & 6

Fieldwork Study - Two fieldwork investigations take place, one Physical Geography study and one Human Geography study. Pupils will be examined on these fieldwork investigations in their examinations, in class we discuss their methodologies, present their primary data, conclude, and then evaluate these investigations. They continue this fieldwork into year 11.

Continuation of Fieldwork Study

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Climate Change - the causes, consequences, and responses of one of the most important global issues today. We consider the effect on some of the cities we have studied previously.

 

Resource Reliance - climate change, among other factors, impacts the availability of our food, water and energy resources. This unit looks at the consequences and possible sustainable solutions to this issue.

 

Half Terms 3 &4 Sustainable Ecosystems- our use of resources, climate change and other methods of exploitation impact ecosystems such as the polar biome and tropical rainforest. This unit studies the consequences of this and how different people are responding to the problems at different scales.

 

Dynamic Development- Dynamic Development - this focuses upon a LIDC, we study reasons for their level of development, the process by which they have improved their level of development and the different strategies for progress to becoming an economically developing country in the future.

 

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision and Examination Preparation

Continuation of Revision and Examination Preparation

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Hazardous Earth

In depth tectonic theory, tectonic hazards, and the implications of these hazards on people & place. Students investigate this through a variety of contrasting examples, including countries at contrasting levels of economic development.

Disease Dilemmas

A popular topic focusing on communicable and noncommunicable disease, their effects, and their management. We study eradication at a variety of scales and assess whether global pharmaceuticals are the best way to prevent the spread of some of the world’s most dangerous diseases.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Coastal Landscapes

Concepts and processes involved in the coastal landscape, including examples of high energy and low energy coastlines. The impacts of humans and climate change on these environments are also analysed using real life examples. 

Changing Spaces; Making Places

The meaning of space and place, and how this varies from person to person. This focuses on social deprivation, rebranding and regeneration in a variety of contexts.

Half Terms

5 & 6

NEA Independent Investigation (20% final mark)

Popular foci include:

  • Coastal comparisons between managed and unmanaged beaches
  • Carbon studies of urban and rural trees
Carbon studies on different tree species

NEA Independent Investigation (20% final mark)

Popular foci include:

  • Disease and the North / South Divide
  • Social Inequality in the North West

The success of different regeneration strategies in Liverpool

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Independent Investigation - Non-Examined Assessment.

Independent Investigation- Non- Examined Assessment.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Earth Life Support Systems- a topic focusing on water and carbon and their importance to life on our planet. Students study the processes in the Arctic & Tropical Rainforest, the changes of cycles over time and their interaction

Global Connections

Split into two subtopics, the first studying migration, it’s complexities and the success of its management over several scales. The second subtopic looks at Human Rights across the globe, the influence of geopolitics on this and how global governance can improve human rights across countries who need it the most

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision and Examination Preparation

Continuation of Revision and Examination Preparation

 


 

Enrichment

Geography Club

Eco Reps

Trips

Iceland - from the Blue Lagoon to Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geysir

Ecological Studies at Martin Mere

Urbanisation in different parts of Liverpool

Coastal Investigations in Formby and Blackpool

Carbon Store Investigations of forests in Formby and the Wirral

Staffing

Miss K. Goldstein - Subject Leader of Geography and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Miss B. McLean - Geography Teacher

 

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