The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils' own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global. In doing this, young people are encouraged to develop their questioning, enquiry, analytical and presentational skills. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
Key Stage Three
All pupils at St Edmund Arrowsmith study Geography in Years 7 and 8. During this time, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the statutory National Curriculum and are introduced to a range of human and physical geography topics, designed to ensure they have a strong foundation to continue the study of Geography at GCSE. At the end of Year 8, students have the option to continue onto the GCSE course in the next academic year.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have 3 Geography lessons a fortnight and homework is set regularly, in line with the school’s homework policy.
Key Stage Four
GCSE Geography at St Edmund Arrowsmith builds upon the key content and skills developed at Key Stage Three. Pupils who have chosen to take Geography at GCSE follow the AQA Geography (8035) Specification. As part of this course, they have to sit three exams which cover the following topics:
PAPER 1 – Natural Hazards, the Living World and Physical Landscapes in the UK
PAPER 2 – Urban Issues and challenges, the Changing Economic World and the Challenge of Resource Management
PAPER 3 – Decision Making Exercise and Geographical Skills
Pupils receive a pre-release booklet (provided 12 weeks before the exam) linked to content studied for Papers 1 and 2 and have to display their critical thinking by answering questions about it. Pupils are also questioned about the fieldwork skills they have displayed in the completion of two pieces of fieldwork carried out throughout the GCSE course.
Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 have 5 Geography lessons a fortnight and homework is set regularly, in line with the school's homework policy.