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:
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.
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