Wakefield City Academy

Wakefield City Academy

An Academy of Excellence
“An Outstanding School” Ofsted 2004/05, 2007/08 & 2012/13

GEOGRAPHY

The Geography Department seeks to enable students to make sense of their world, and to understand the processes, both human and physical that shape it. Geography is a dynamic subject which addresses many issues which affect people’s everyday life such as weather, flooding, climate change, the world we live in and environmental concerns. These issues raise crucial questions about the sort of future we wish to create, therefore it is extremely relevant for today’s children.

Year 7

  • Geographical skills and map work
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Ecosystems around the world

Year 8

  • The landscape we live in (rivers, coasts and flooding)
  • Where do people live?
  • The Challenge of the Atmosphere
  • What is Italy like?

Year 9

  • The Restless Earth
  • Ice on the Land
  • Development – Kenya
  • Tourism
  • Field work skills

Key Stage 4

Geography GCSE attracts around 50 students in each year group, and is becoming much more popular by the year. We Follow the Edexcel A course. Year 10 and 11 study slightly different courses at the current time due to the new GCSE changes where, for Year 10, they will be graded from 1 – 9.

Year 10

Unit 1 – The Physical Environment – worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE

  • Rivers
  • Glaciation
  • Weather and climate
  • Ecosystems and their management

Unit 2 – The Human Environment – worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE

  • Changing cities
  • Global development
  • Energy resource management

Unit 3 – Geographical Investigations – worth 25% of overall GCSE

  • Geographical investigations – rivers
  • Geographical investigations – rural settlements
  • UK Challenges

Part of this unit will include 2 field trips to gather data for the exam. One of these will be to study a river in the Peak District National Park and one will be a visit to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

Year 11

Unit 1 – Exam worth 25% of the overall GCSE

Contemporary themes in Geography

  • Skills and challenges for the planet

Unit 2 – Exam worth 25% of overall GCSE

Physical Geography

  • River landscapes
  • Coastal landscapes
  • Tectonic landscapes
  • A wasteful world

Unit 3 – Exam worth 25% of the overall GCSE

Human Geography

  • Economic change
  • Settlement change
  • Population change
  • A tourist’s world

Unit 4 – Fieldwork worth 25% of the overall GCSE

  • Students take part in a visit to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and then conduct a write up of their study which is internally assessed

Field Work

Field work is a very big portion of our teaching; it enables students to get out and study the landscape which they live in.

In Year 7, students will get the opportunity to partake in a day trip to York to study tourism and the history of York on a joint Humanities trip.

In Year 8, to co-inside with the topic of the landscape we live in, students will undertake a day visit to Scarborough to study coastal erosion and Scarborough Castle, again on a joint Humanities trip.

In Year 9, students will undertake visits to Leeds University, whom the Department have forged strong links with, in preparation for making their GCSE options choices.

In Year 10, students attend a one day field trip to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales where they will collect data for their fieldwork.