Geography

Why do we study Health & Social Care?

Students study Geography so they can understand the world around them and their impact upon it. There is no escaping Geography, whether it be stories in today’s news feeds or trying to understand features that have been there for centuries; Geography is everywhere. It is important for us to develop students’ curiosity in terms of their own place in and impact upon the global communities; socially, environmentally and economically.

Hurworth Geographers are introduced to the main themes of Geography that are woven through everything we do.

  • Place, space and scale: from Year 7s learning continents and map skills, right through to Year 11s knowing the importance of both their Urban case studies of Newcastle and Mumbai; our students must learn more about where places are and their importance in a range of scales.
  • Physical and human processes and interactions and interconnectedness should be highlighted: Each year group interleave physical and human topics to ensure that students realise the subdivision upheld within Geographical spheres. What is equally important is the topic of Global Issues that really challenges the interactions between the physical realm and human interference thereof.
  • Environmental interaction and sustainability: every process, theory or model has to be challenged under the guise of whether it is sustainable. This is the realm that really brings Geography into the forefront of relevance for our students, as their generation more than many before them are socially challenging each other to ensure we are better caretakers of this earth.
  • Cultural understanding and diversity: so much of what we study has in depth opportunities to cover SMSC themes. Through migration, international relationships, trade vs aid, emergency relief, development and resource exploitation our young Geographers learn an appreciation that they are part of a much larger global community and they have a duty to be responsible respectful citizens.

Throughout their time at Hurworth we offer students a breadth of global, national and local knowledge. Whilst studying Geography students will learn the transferable skills of being able to collect, analyse and communicate a range of data, to interpret a range of sources and be able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways (both quantitative and qualitative).

Each year our young Geographers will be exposed to a wide range of graphs, maps, statistics, articles, GIS, theories and models, and will be challenged to form their own evidence based opinions. Where we can we get outside of the classroom to investigate through fieldwork. At KS3 our students are assessed twice for each topic (mid-point and end of topic) along with extended Independent Learning Tasks (ILTs).

Our department has a wealth of experience, both in terms of teaching Geography, careers in Industry prior to teaching and importantly getting out there and exploring everyday Geography for ourselves. We hope our love of Geography is clear to our students.

Year 7

Learning Outcomes

Year 7 baselines students prior learning and moves forward introducing each of the key Geographical principles and key themes that underpin the remainder of their Geography lessons at KS3, KS4 and hopefully beyond.

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

Introduction to Geography
• Physical or human
• Development
• Cause effect and response
• Case studies and revision

Geographical Skills
• Continents, including lines of latitude and longitude
• Compass directions
• Map symbols
• Grid references
• Relief
• Scale
• Photo analysis
• Site and situation
• Outdoor map lesson

Spring Term

Weather & Climate
• Water cycle
• Measuring weather
• Types of rain
• Types of clouds
• Climate graphs
• Extreme weather
• Depressions
• Anticyclones
• Global weather patterns
• Forecasting

Summer Term

UK
• Component parts
• Physical UK
• Human UK
• Regional importance of North East
• Links to wider world, employment
• Government
• Tourism
• Census
• Crime