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Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Blessed George Napier
Catholic School and Sixth Form
Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Part of the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company


Aims of the department

The Geography Department at BGN aims to inspire geographers who admire the 'awe and wonder of the planet', aspire to understand, enquire, question and appreciate the interactions of people and landscapes at local, national and global levels.

Year 7

Criminal Geography – students study the concept of place and space, examining how places make people feel as well as examining spatial patterns of crime at different scales, whilst developing their skills of geographical enquiry. During the unit students investigate their local area and produce a poster to examine how safe their local area is.

Map Skills – students familiarise themselves with OS maps and skills such as grid references, measuring distances and scales, compass directions and sketch maps as they apply these skills to everyday situations and topical events.

British or European: Who do you think you are? – students investigate the UK and Europe in terms of the physical features and the relationship between the two. Students will gain an insight into how people move around Europe and the reasons for doing so, as well as examining the politics behind the European Union.

Weather & Climate – students examine the fundamentals of our atmosphere and how they influence our weather. Students will then take these concepts and develop weather forecast for the UK and investigate the concept of microclimates and how various factors affect local weather patterns.

Incredible India – students examine the country of India from both physical and human perspectives: looking at its growth within the last 20 years, the structure of the economy, how the UK and India are linked and the future of India.

Year 8

My Changing World – students examine global warming and climate change. They will examine how humans have modified natural processes and the impacts we have on our planet at different scales as well as how we are dealing with this problem at personal, local, national and international scales.

Rivers – students examine our landscape, looking at how rivers change our landscape through natural processes.

Into Africa – students take a trip through Africa looking at different aspects of life in a range of African nations and how people in the UK are linked to people in Africa through food, holidays and mobile phones.

Year 9

Did the earth move for you? – students examine our planet as a system: the structure of the Earth, how this influences earthquakes and volcanoes and how humans manage these catastrophic events.

The Rise & Rise of China – students investigate the physical and human geography of China, focusing on population distribution, economic development and sustainable development in terms of population pressures and pressures on natural resources.

Moving Stories – students investigate the topic of immigration, examining the reasons why people migrate and the influence this has had on society in the UK. Students examine the issues around asylum seekers, refugees and illegal immigrants using sources such as news reports and public opinions.

Coast – students take a tour of the coastlines of the UK and Australia, examining how physical processes have shaped the coast and how the coast is used as a resource by people.

GCSE Geography

From 2016 we will be following the AQA specification, which covers:

Paper 1: Physical Geography - 35% GCSE, 90min, 88 marks (inc. 3 SPAG). Topics: Natural hazards (tectonics, tropical storms, extreme weather in UK, climate change), Physical landscapes in the UK (coasts, rivers), Ecosystems (tropical rainforests, hot deserts).

Paper 2: Human Geography – 35% GCSE, 90min, 88 marks (inc. 3 SPAG). Topics: Urban issues and challenges (growth of urbanisation, urban planning, sustainable living), the changing economic world (the development gap, cultural and social change, employment patterns), resource management (distribution and management of food, water and energy, the demand and management of resources).

Paper 3: Geographical Issue & Fieldwork – 30% GCSE, 1 hour, 76 marks (inc. 6 SPAG). Topics: fieldwork based on above topics and an exam to test knowledge of how to carry out fieldwork and analyse data.

A-Level Geography

From 2016 we will be following the AQA specification, which covers:

Year 12:

 Physical Geography:

Coastal systems & landscapes.

Human Geography:

Changing places.

Geographical Investigation:

A personal research project based on data collected in the local area. It is your choice as to the investigation question but it must be framed somewhere in the course content.

3,000 – 4,000 words & 20% of the A-Level.

Year 13:

Physical Geography:

Water & carbon cycles.

Ecosystems or Hazards (TBD).

Human Geography:

Global systems & governance.

Contemporary urban environments or Population & the environment (TBD).

There are two exams (Physical Geography & Human Geography) at the end of Y13. The subject content from Y12 is examined in the Y13 exams.  They are both 2 hours 30 minutes and each account for 40% of the A-Level.