0113 284 4020

Embed confidence; fuel ambition.

Main school

Geography

'HOW GEOGRAPHY HAS CHANGED. IN MY DAY IT WAS ALL ABOUT CAPITAL CITIES!!’

At Lawnswood, we often hear this remark and it is true that what students learn has changed quite a lot. 

We are still interested in people and places but much of what we do now is helping students make sense of their rapidly changing world and equipping them with the skills to find out, analyse and understand local and global events and issues.


KEY STAGE 3

Broadly speaking we like to take our students on an increasingly global journey at Key Stage 3, following the National Curriculum guidelines.

YEAR 7

The geography of ‘My space’. Looking at our connections to other places, from global to local, including local fieldwork. City life- examining the issues we face whilst living in a big city. Rivers- how nature and people interact, sometimes with dire consequences.

YEAR 8

We take our pupils on a global journey of 10 remarkable places. Here we investigate the unique physical and human characteristics ranging from the Maldive islands to the skyscrapers of Dubai.

Yorkshire as a place. We return to our home region to study the unique landscape, its sens of place and some conflicts over land use.

YEAR 9

We begin to prepare our pupils for GCSE standard work with an in depth study of two geographical themes, Energy futures for the planet and natural hazards. This involves independent enquiry and formal assessment work at a variety of scales.


KEY STAGE 4

We follow the AQA specification for grade 9-1 GCSE in Geography. An intensive, high content course of learning.

CALENDERCONTENTCase studies

YEAR 10

AUTUMN TERM

312- THE LIVING WORLD

--------------------------------------------------

323 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Sahara desert

Amazon rain forest

Water, food, energy

Fracking in UK

LIC solar energy

YEAR 10

SPRING TERM

311- CHALLENGE OF NATURAL HAZARDS

--------------------------------------------

Year 10 exams

Tectonics and weather events

2 earthquakes

Hurricane Katrina

Boscastle flooding

YEAR 10

SUMMER TERM

313 UK PHYSICAL LANDSCAPES

-----------------------------------------------

332 fieldwork X 2 VISITS

Human theme- land use in Hornsea.

Human/physical- coastal management Hornsea

Coastal landforms

Glacial landforms

July

YR 11

AUTUMN TERM

332 FINISH fieldwork

------------------------------------------

321 URBAN ISSUES

--------------------------------------------

322 CHANGING ECONOMIC WORLD

Year 11 mock exams

Mumbai,

Leeds

China,

sustainability

YR11 SPRING TERM

322 CHANGING ECONOMIC WORLD

---------------------------------------------

331

Issue evaluation preparation

And revision time

12 weeks pre exam booklet

.

EXAMS

PAPER 1- 3 themes-physical

PAPER 2- 3 themes- human

PAPER 3- Issue evaluation and fieldwork

90 minutes 1+2

60 minutes 3


KS 5

We follow the AQA specification for A level Geography. A two year course covering the following themes, plus a 4,000 word individual investigation. 

WATER AND CARBON CYLES
  • Systems concepts and their application to the water and carbon cycle.
  • The major stores of water and carbon at or near the earth’s surface and the relationships between them.
  • Global distribution and size of major stores of water and carbon.– lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere
  • Change, impact, management and mitigation
COASTAL SYSTEMS
  • Coasts as natural systems. Sources of energy, geomorphological processes
  • Landforms and landscapes of erosion and deposition
  • Coastlines of emergence and submergence.
  • Coastal management: hard and soft engineering, sustainable approaches
NATURAL HAZARDS
  • Nature, forms and potential impacts of natural hazards.
  • Plate tectonic theory. Plate margins, associated landforms
  • Vulcanicity: hazards, distribution, causes, impacts and responses,mitigation.
  • Seismic hazards: causes, impacts, responses including mitigation,adaptation
  • Storm hazards: causes, impacts, responses inc.mitigation, adaptation
  • Fires in nature Conditions, causes, impacts, responses
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
  • Globalisation: dimensions and factors.
  • Interdependence: economic, political, social and environmental. Unequal flows of people, money, ideas and technology. Unequal power relations
  • International trade and access to markets. Forms/patterns. Trends in the volume and pattern of international trade. The nature and role of TNCs.
  • World trade in at least one food commodity or one manufacturing product.
  • Attempts at global governance: agencies such as the UN, interactions at different scales
CHANGING PLACES
  • The concept of place and the importance of place in human life and experience.
  • Knowing and understanding places: acquiring, developing and communicating a sense of place .
  • Relationships and connections
  • Meaning and representation
CONTEMPORARY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS
  • Global patterns of urbanisation. Megacities and world cities.
  • Urban policy and regeneration
  • Urban forms, new urban landscapes
  • Social and economic issues: economic inequality and cultural diversity
  • Urban climate, urban drainage, urban waste, environmental problems
  • Sustainable urban development

Best ever Key Stage 5 Results!

43% of all A-level/BTEC results at A/A* or Distinction/Distinction*.

99% Pass rate.

28% of A level students achieved A levels at grades AAB or higher in at least 2 ‘facilitating subjects’.

Well done to all our students!