Geography

The Cockburn John Charles Academy Geography Department aims to develop students who have enquiring minds and a sense of adventure. Our dynamic and purposeful teaching approach ensures that our students enjoy engaging lessons both inside and outside of the classroom. The department runs numerous field trips and residential visits each year.

The geography curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • develop knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their defining physical and human characteristics.
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.

The geography curriculum aims to ensure all students have the skills needed to:

  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in Geography this year?
Earthquakes and Tsunamis – Students study the causes, effects and responses to natural hazards.

Africa is not a country! – Students study the variety of human and physical geography within the continent of Africa, developing an appreciation that Africa is a continent of contrasts.

Geography of My Stuff – Students study the process of globalisation, and they develop an understanding of the positive and negative effects linked with globalisation as well as an appreciation of how countries are interdependent.

Geography of the UK – Students study the physical and human geography of their home country.

Maps and Mapping – Students develop their ability to read and interpret maps at a range of scales and formats.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework is set in geography to meet one of three requirements.

  1. Consolidate understanding from the lesson. For example, answering further questions on a topic, creating mind maps or completing revision tasks for an assessment.
  2. Deepen understanding of the current topic. For example, through further research using the internet or newspapers.
  3. To introduce a new topic. For example, research tasks or watching documentary archive on the internet.

How will my child be assessed in Geography?
Students will be assessed through a range of assessment techniques; this will include extended pieces of writing, shorter exam style questions, visual presentations and spoken presentations. By using a range of assessment techniques students develop a range of skills and they have the opportunity to be assessed in their preferred learning styles.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
The best way to support your child’s geography at home is by ensuring they have a quiet area to complete their homework.

Further to this ensure your child watches a suitable news programme such as ‘Newsround’ and discuss current affairs with them.

When discussing places or viewing places on the TV, show your child where that place either in an Atlas or using a web based map. You could buy a world wall map for their bedroom.

If you are on journey encourage your child to find your location and route on a map, you could ask them to direct you.  When on a journey talk your child through the route; which direction are you heading, how far is the journey, and which cities will you pass on the way.

If you are visiting a park, theme park or anywhere that has a map ask your child to direct your movements.

Encourage your child to use Google Earth and Geoguesser.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in Geography this year?
Volcanoes and Hurricanes – Students study the causes, effects and responses to both volcanoes and hurricanes. Students will also evaluate management strategies used to reduce the impacts of these natural hazards.

Asia – Students study the physical and human geography of this rapidly changing continent and understand how the UK is interdependent with Asia.

Coasts – Students study coastal processes, their impact upon the land and how the UK coastline can be sustainably managed.

China – Students study the human and physical geography of China. They particularly focus upon the geography of China’s population, booming industry and uneven development.

Rivers and Flooding – Students study fluvial processes and how they impact upon the land. Students will study the impact of flooding and evaluate flood management strategies.

 

What type of homework will be set?
Homework is set in geography to meet one of three requirements.

  1. Consolidate understanding from the lesson. For example, answering further questions on a topic, creating mind maps or completing revision tasks for an assessment.
  2. Deepen understanding of the current topic. For example, through further research using the internet or newspapers.
  3. To introduce a new topic. For example, research tasks or watching documentary archive on the internet.

How will my child be assessed in Geography?
Students will be assessed through a range of assessment techniques; these will include, extended pieces of writing, shorter exam style questions, visual presentations and spoken presentations. By using a range of assessment techniques students develop a range of skills and they have the opportunity to be assessed in their preferred learning styles.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
The best way to support your child’s geography at home is by ensuring they have a quiet area to complete their homework.

Further to this ensure your child watches a suitable new programme such as ‘Newsround’ and discuss current affairs with them.

When discussing places or viewing places on the TV, show your child where that place either in an Atlas or using a web based map. You could buy a world wall map for their bedroom.

If you are on journey encourage your child to find your location and route on a map, you could ask them to direct you. When on a journey talk your child through the route; which direction are you heading, how far is the journey, which cities will you pass on the way.

If you are visiting a park, theme park or anywhere that has a map ask your child to direct your movements.

Encourage your child to use Google Earth and Geoguesser.

 

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in Geography?
UK physical landscapes (Coasts and Rivers)- Students will study the physical processes which shape our coastal and fluvial landscapes. In these topics students will discover how particular land forms are created and how they change over time. Students will also identify how humans interact with these environments through flood protection and environmental damage.

The Challenge of resource management- Students will investigate how we manage our resources across the globe including food, water and energy. They will reflect on how efficient this management currently is and how it could be made sustainable for the future.

The living world- Students will discover the characteristics of different ecosystems from around the world. This includes studying the hot, humid climate of the tropical rainforest and the scorching heat of hot deserts. Students will learn how different plants and animals are adapted to live in these harsh areas.

The Changing economic world- Students study how the world economy has changed in the recent past and how it may change in the future. We will delve into the inequalities that exist within the global economy and how these issues lead to uneven development. Students will also investigate how we can reduce this inequality through fair trade, debt relief and tourism.

The Challenge of natural hazards- Students build upon their key stage three knowledge to develop a detailed understanding of tectonic theory. Students will study the impact and management of natural hazards in both rich and poor countries.

Issue Evaluation – Students study a range of information sources including: maps, newspaper articles, photographs, graphs and viewpoints all related to a particular geographical issue. Using the information they gather from these sources students will complete a decision making exercise where they make a decision and justify their decision with evidence from the sources.

Geographical enquiry- Students will carry out two different geographical enquiries during their time at Cockburn. Students will explore topics related to their studies and carry out fieldwork to answer their key questions. The current Year 9 are investigating longshore drift at Hornsea and tourism in Bridlington.

Geographical Skills – Throughout the course students will develop the ability to read and infer information from a range of maps. Students will also develop the ability to draw and interpret a range of graphs.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework is set in geography to meet one of three requirements.

  1. Consolidate understanding from the lesson. For example, answering examination style questions on a topic, creating mind maps or completing revision tasks for an assessment.
  2. Deepen understanding of the current topic. For example, through further research using the internet or newspapers.
  3. To introduce a new topic. For example, research tasks or watching documentary archive on the internet.

How will my child be assessed in Geography?
Students will be set past GCSE examination questions. This enables to develop their exam technique along-side their geographical knowledge.

What can my child move onto with Geography?
Geographers are employed in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Geographers have excellent transferable skills, which also attract employers from the business, law and finance sectors.

Employers include:

  • local government;
  • the Civil Service;
  • the armed forces;
  • Ministry of Defence;
  • police service;
  • private companies;
  • environmental consultancies;
  • environmental protection agencies;
  • utility companies;
  • charities;
  • information systems organisations.