Geography at Wright Robinson College aims to develop globally aware and environmentally conscious students, through a process of geographical enquiry and collaborative working in order to critically evaluate the world around them.
Students will complete a 3 year KS3 in geography during year 7, 8 and year 9 where they will study geography for 4 hours per fortnight in sets streamed in order of ability. At KS3 students will study a broad range of topics and geographical skills, with a balanced mix of human and physical geography.
At KS4 they will complete a 2 year GCSE following the AQA A Specification, studying geography for 6 hours per fortnight. In year 10 students study mainly study physical geography. In year 11 students study mainly human geography. They also complete 2 pieces of fieldwork, one on coastal environments and another on urban environments. In year 11 students look at both papers again focussing on interrelationships between the units. The course is linear which means students are assessed at the end of the course in year 11. The Geography GCSE is assessed by 3 written examinations which are weighted as follows:
- Paper 1 Living with the Physical Environment – 35%
- Paper 2 Challenges with the Human Environment – 35%
- Paper 3 Geographical Applications – 30%
Students will begin by laying the geographical foundations of human and phyical geography whilst learning and practicing a range of geographical skills. Students will study the following: Becoming a geographer, The UK and Europe (both physical and human geography) and Africa.
Students will build on the foundations learnt in year 7 whilst studying the following topics: Journey across the USA, Asia and Russia and the Arctic Circle.
Students will continue the building blocks from year 7 and 8 and will study the following topics: The Geography of Health, The Middle East and Conflict, global Ecosystems and Sustainability goals.
Students start the year by studying The Challenge of Natural Hazards as part of paper 1. They continue working towards Paper 1 by studying Physical Landscapes of the UK as well as completing their physical fieldwork enquiry, studying longshore drift along the north west coastline. Students then study The Living World before moving on to their human topics for paper 2. In year 10 this will be the study of Urban Issues and Challenges.
In year 11, pupils carry out their second fieldwork study based in Manchester around the topic of Urban Issues and Environments. They continue with the human geography topics for Paper 2 by studying economic change and resource management. In March of year 11, the exam board release their pre-release for the enquiry-based aspect of paper 3, so we prepare carefully for this. Year 11 also provides us with the opportunity to bring all our topics together and to make the links and connections across the specification. After some time for revision, students sit the 3 papers in May and June of year 11.