At St Bede’s our intention is for our students to:
- Become inquisitive, curious and open-minded students. We will allow students to explore the world’s human and physical geography including natural wonders and dynamic cities. Students will recognise the complexity of the world and appreciate the interconnectedness of different aspects of the world.
- Develop an understanding of the world around them, other cultures, people and the environments in which they live. Our students will be mindful of their place in the world and know where they sit compared to other people.
- Be encouraged to think like geographers, to enable them to bridge the divide between the classroom and the real world. Fieldwork is a fundamental part of this and develops a number of transferable skills.
- Deepen their understanding of contemporary challenges including climate change, migration, global development, resource issues, economic activity and geographical conflicts at different scales. They will understand what is going on in the world and how they can choose to make a difference. It makes our students skilful and employable, as we aim to inspire a future generation of geographers
- Develop an understanding of how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.
In Year 7 students look at how soil type and rock type is different and how this can have an impact of physical landscapes and landforms as well as human interactions (population distribution). Students will continue this in Year 8 and introduce the weathering of different rock types. In Year 9 students look at geological timescales and link this to plate tectonics. They also evaluate the impacts soil type can have on population and agricultural productivity, showing links across topics.
In Year 7 students will briefly discuss how tectonic hazards can affect population distribution. They will discuss what tectonic hazards are. In Year 8. In Year 9 they will develop this and explain how they can also have an impact on food security. They will be able to explain the formation of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis and link this to plate tectonics.
In Year 7 students look at the characteristics of contrasting unique environments. They explain the importance of these environments and look at sustainability linked to these. Students will revisit this throughout all years by looking at the sustainability of the living world, developing their synoptic skills.
Weather, climate & change
In Year 7 students study the weather of contrasting ecosystems and think about the impact this has on them (farming, population, habitats). They are introduced to the idea that storm events are increasing as a result of climate change. In Year 8 students develop the links to climate change by looking at global responsibility and the causes, impacts and management of climate change. They will then use this to explain why extreme weather is becoming more common in the UK and how the impacts of climate change can have an impact on global conflict. In Year 9 students will be able to link issues of climate change to population and the environment, natural hazards and population trends. They will know the global impacts that climate change is having.
In Year 7 students will look at landforms created by coastal erosion and be able to link these to distinctive landscapes in the UK. Moving into Year 8 students will use this knowledge of erosion to explain how fluvial landforms are created, linking to distinctive landscapes. In Year 9 students will look at the formation of tectonic hazards and the management of these landscapes. Tectonic hazards are left until Year 9 as they are more complex to understand.