Geography

Intent

The acronym GLOBE is  what you can expect from your Geography lessons at Abbot Beyne. We hope they will inspire you to explore, discover and create memories

Our geography curriculum transforms our young people into highly effective geographers that become global citizens, by promising to deliver 5 key qualities throughout their studies at Abbot Beyne:

  1. Empowering students to learn about the social, economic, environmental, cultural and politicalopportunities and challenges in the modern world.
  2. Our geographers understand the complex interactions between the human and physical environments at a range of geographical scales, using named places.
  3. Encouraging our students to empathise with a broad range of cultures taught through people’s lived experiences.
  4. The teaching of universal geographical values of charity, empathy, tolerance, anti-racism and the importance of their local actions.
  5. Geographical skills, decision making and practical fieldwork experiences empower geographical leadership in order to seek answers to geographical problems in Burton upon Trent and beyond

‘Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before’     Dalai Lama.

Year 7

Year 7 Onward Together Curriculum – Growing Great Geographers
 
During the summer term our Year 7 students will have their first taste of Geography at Abbot Beyne. Growing Great Geographers is about teaching students the essential skills of a geographer in a practical and engaging environment. We wait for the summer term, as this is usually the nicer weather and therefore we can maximise the use of our exceptional grounds. We are fortunate to be surrounded by so much geography waiting to be discovered by our students. Our geographers will conduct a practical investigation to evaluate the sustainability of the school. From their findings students will develop a plan of action to reduce the ecological footprint of the school on the environment. We take the first steps to respect and take responsibility for our local area! Local actions lead to global effects.

Year 8

Our Year 8 geographers will study the following topics:

  1. Zombie Apocalypse Mapskills
  2. Africa and Extreme Environments
  3. Globalisation
  4. Rivers
  5. Sustainability – Can it be achieved?
  6. UK Coasts

Termly assessments are built into the Year 8 Geography Curriculum. Our assessments are carefully designed to assess a range of progressive knowledge, understanding and geographical skills. All Year 8 students will complete a summative exam during the summer term to assess their learning over the academic year.

Year 9

Our Year 9 geographers will study the following topics:

  1. Global Population and Development
  2. Tropical Rainforests
  3. Discovering Places – Topical issues and events from around the world
  4. Restless Earth
  5. Britain’s Got Talent – UK economic geography

Termly assessments are built into the Year 9 Geography Curriculum. Our assessments are carefully designed to assess a range of progressive knowledge, understanding and geographical skills. All Year 9 students will complete a summative exam during the summer term to assess their learning over the academic year.

Years 10 & 11

At Abbot Beyne we deliver AQA GCSE Geography course.

Our Year 10 geographers will study the following topics:

  1. Unit 1 – Challenges of Natural Hazards
  2. Unit 1 – Living World and Hot Deserts
  3. Unit 1 – UK Physical Landscapes, specialising in UK coasts and rivers
  4. Unit 3 – Geographical skills and our fieldwork investigations

Our Year 11 geographers will study the following topics:

  1. Unit 2 – Urban Issues and Challenges
  2. Unit 2 – Changing Economic World
  3. Unit 2 – Resource Management, specialising in water resources.
  4. Unit 3 – Geographical Decision Making
  5. Revision and exam preparation.

At GCSE our geographers will complete half termly assessments which cover all of the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the AQA GCSE Geography assessment framework for 2016 onwards. Year 11 students will have two mock examinations, usually in December and March to prepare them for the upcoming GCSEs in the summer. These mock assessments are tightly linked to the AQA GCSE assessment framework using specimen papers.

Sixth Form

At Abbot Beyne we deliver the Edexcel A Level Geography course.

Our Year 12 geographers will study the following topics:

  1. Superpowers
  2. Globalisation
  3. Shaping Places
  4. Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
  5. Coasts

 

Our Year 13 geographers will study the following topics:

  1. Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  2. Water and the Carbon Cycle
  3. NEA Independent Investigation
  4. Decision Making Exercise

At A Level our geographers will be assessed routinely on the topic being taught at that time.  These assessments are linked to the Edexcel A-Level assessment framework using specimen or past exam papers.  Year 12 students complete a mock exam in the summer term and Year Thirteen have two sets of mock exams in order to prepare them for their final external exams.

Extra curricular opportunities

Discover Geography Club

Geographical Association lecture visits to North Staffordshire University

Who to contact if you want further information

Mr J Stafford – jason.stafford@abbotbeyne.staffs.sch.uk

Mr M Whelan –

Miss Z Berrisford –