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Geography

Year 7 Geography

The geography department aim to nurture and develop student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the world around them. We encourage students to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive geography in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills and to provide a sound basis for lifelong study and the pursuit of personal interest. The teaching methods and resources allow all pupils to gain an experience of the world both in and out of lessons. Fieldwork is an essential part of allowing students to cultivate a sense of location, a knowledge of places, respect for differing cultures and an empathy with people in our own and other societies. Within lessons students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the significance of the actions and different attitudes of individuals and groups who use, manage and make decisions about their physical, economic, social, political, and cultural environments and how these environments interact and affect the landscape. 

Fundamentally, this subject allows students to appreciate that the world is dynamic and is therefore an integral part of a broad and balanced education.

Enrichment

Fieldwork opportunities in Years 5 – 8 provide the chance for students to recall knowledge in both a familiar and an unfamiliar context. It also allows students to build a wider geographical knowledge in preparation for their Paper 3 at GCSE. At GCSE students investigate two contrasting environments.

Facilities

We have a designated teaching classroom. Our lessons are taught by specialists and they will lead the fieldwork visits.

Autumn Term

Focus on Africa

Physical landscape
Past and present influences
Development of African countries
Climate and biomes
The Sahel
Population challenges and opportunities
Urbanisation challenges and opportunities
Does China want to help develop Africa?
How is Asia being transformed?
Diverse and dynamic Asia
India and the monsoon climate
Floods threatening lives in Asia
Adapting the life in the mountains
Dynamic and diverse populations
Urbanisation in Karnataka
China helping to create an interdependent world
Importance as a global economic region

Spring Term

Weather and Climate in the UK

What is the difference?
How do we measure weather?
Predicting and recording data
Clouds and rainfall
Air pressure and anticyclones
Depressions
Climate of the UK
Climate across the world
Microclimate Investigation
What is a microclimate?
How do I conduct a weather enquiry?

Summer Term

Is the Earth running out of Natural Resources?

Natural resource uses
Natural resource distribution
Unearthing black gold
Minerals on the market
Dragons in Africa
A world of rubbish
Digging up the earth
Deepwater Horizon
How are we adapting our food resources?
Arable and pastoral farming
Countries and their local cuisine
GM crops
The Geography of an avocado
Food waste
Malnutrition
Entomophagy – Bugs in the system

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We continue to invite parents to come and visit Thorpe House School whilst we operate a phased return for our pupils. Our Admissions team is available to answer any questions you may have about joining the school and the Headmaster would be delighted to give you a tour of the site. Please contact our Registrar on [email protected] to arrange a chat or visit