Welcome to the Geography Department

Mrs S. Evans

Head of Geography

Mrs E. Gladwin

Teacher of Geography

Mr M. Leary

Teacher of Geography

Miss F. Lilley

Teacher of Geography

Mr T. Long

Teacher of Geography

Introduction

The LSA Geography Department takes inspiration from the Geographical Association believing that there are few things more fundamental than learning about ‘the Earth as our home’. Geography at LSA can therefore be summarised as: “Geography is the study of the Earth as a home to humankind” (Johnson, 1985).

We encourage learners to be inspired, motivated, and challenged, resulting in them gaining a deep and rich understanding of the world in which they live. Geography is a multi-faceted discipline that combines the analysis of social questions, environmental issues, and modern real-world solutions and as such is an important part of other academic subjects.

When studying Geography we aim to:

  • Provide learners with the ability to ‘think like a geographer’ meaning that they think about the world in new ways and to question and debate the knowledge, developing their understanding and skills to question knowledge and become geographical enquirers who, are active participants.
  • Develop their contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, defining physical and human characteristics and therefore providing a geographical understanding of processes.
  • Provide learners with the geographical knowledge to develop their understanding of contemporary challenges that face our planet and to become more knowledgeable members of the community who gain an appreciation of geographical concepts from a local to a global scale.
  • Provide learners with the knowledge and understanding to assist students to develop their geographical skills to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Further develop geographical enquiry through different means, allowing students to deepen their conceptual understanding of geographical processes through investigation, reasoning, collecting, and interpreting data, presenting, and describing their results, arguing their point to reach substantiated conclusions and undertaking fieldwork.

 

Curriculum content

KS3 (years 7-9) The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

Learners will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. Develop their understanding of how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. Meaning that learners become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. Learners will also develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way learners will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

Locational knowledge: Using maps - focusing on Africa, Russia, Asia and the Middle East and their environmental regions including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.

Place knowledge: similarities and differences of a region within Africa and Asia.

Human and physical geography: key processes in physical and human geography and understand how they interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and climate and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.

Geographical skills and fieldwork.

Source:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239087/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Geography.pdf

KS4 (years 10-11) The GCSE course covers key elements from the physical and human world helping students to develop the geographical skills that are essential to understand the world around them and the interaction of physical and human processes. Students will explore examples and case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries, newly emerging economies and lower income countries. The topics covered over the GCSE course include; the challenge of natural hazards, the living world (ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts) physical landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers), urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management, as well as an issue evaluation paper which provides opportunities for fieldwork.

For more information: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

Geography Curriculum