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Geography

Course Aims

Geography is a global subject in every sense of

the word, involving an increased awareness of

environment, social, political and cultural issues that

are relevant to everyday life in a globally independant

world.

Geography at Ecclesbourne aims to bring these

issues alive by relating them as closely as possible

to the experience of the learner.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Various Field Trips

Course Content

Year Course Content

7

In Year 7 students will develop a series of map and atlas skills in order to understand the concept

of place. Through geographical enquiry, students will develop their map skills and will investigate

the characteristics of local places and settlements. They will also develop atlas skills and will begin

to appreciate the position of the UK within an increasingly globalised world system whilst paying

attention to significant global settlements. Work on weather and climate allows students to take

part in fieldwork activities around the school site and at home. The year culminates in a faculty

trip to the city of Lincoln, where they can draw on their skills and understanding to collaborate in

the production of a brochure outlining Lincoln’s past, present and future.

8

In Year 8 students will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive

physical landscapes that change over time. They will gain an appreciation of ‘deep time’ and will

study changes in the British Isles during and since the Devensian glaciation. They will gain an

appreciation of how and why the coastline of the British Isles has evolved and its impacts on the

people who live there. Globally, students will study the Taiga biome of the Northern Hemisphere,

to be followed by an investigation into polar and/or hot desert environments and/or the tropical

grasslands of East Africa and the people who live and manage the physical and human resources

found there.

9

In Year 9 students further develop their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding and

address more complex geographical issues in order to access the highest levels of attainment.

They will begin by investigating natural hazards, with an emphasis on avalanches, to be followed

by the causes and impacts of volcanic and seismic hazards. This will encourage the students to

explore differences in the abilities of countries and societies at different stages in the development

continuum to cope with and manage such events. A study of the (im)balance between population

and resources then follows, to include policies and management strategies from contrasting parts

of the world. Finally, an investigation of the causes, consequences and managament of climate

change and global warming will be undertaken.