John Willmott School

Geography

The Geography Department curriculum aims to develop students’ interest in our dynamic and ever changing world.  We strive to develop students' knowledge of places, their understanding of the physical and human characteristics and processes that have created, changed and sustained them.  We look to introduce and discuss different ideas that will enable students to understand the global nature of economic activity and development.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we aim to teach students essential geographical skills whilst supporting the development of literacy and numeracy. Students are also involved in debates, games, simulations and role plays. Students in Years 7 and 8 have 3 lessons of Geography per fortnight.

Year 7 topics:

People’s Planet
Map Skills
Earthquakes
China
Sustainable Cities 

Year 8 topics:

Extreme Environments
Chocolate and Fair trade
Rivers and Flooding
Development in Uganda
Volcanoes

Geographers find out the answers to questions:   Who?  What?  Where?  When?  Why?

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we follow EDEXCEL (B) specification. The Geography GCSE course provides a fascinating and enriching area of study which can give students a valuable understanding of how the world works. The course covers a range of global issues and allows students to develop a range of transferable skills valued by colleges and employers. There is an enormous variety of skills involved in Geography, students conduct their own research through surveys and questionnaires collecting and analysing data. They construct and interpret information using maps, graphs and diagrams.  Students use computer software to show their understanding, as well as using globes, atlases and maps.

GCSE Geography is taught throughout Years 9, 10 and 11 and students are provided with regular sessions for coursework catch up and revision.

The specification is made up of 4 units worth 25% of the course each:

  • Unit 1 Dynamic Planet
  • Unit 2 People and the Planet
  • Unit 3 Decision Making Exercise
  • Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

Units 1 and 2 are knowledge based papers that test 6 topics each.  

Unit 3 tests students' geographical skills by asking them to analyse graphs, tables, maps and photographs.      

Unit 4 is a project based on fieldwork undertaken in the Peak District National Park.

Unit 1 Dynamic Planet Topics

  • Restless Earth
  • Climate and Change
  • Battle for the Biosphere
  • Water world
  • Coasts
  • Extreme Environments

Unit 2 People and the Planet

  • Population Dynamics
  • Consuming Resources
  • Globalisation
  • Development Dilemmas
  • Changing Settlements in the UK
  • Challenges of an Urban World