Geography

Geography Head

Mrs Washington (Geography and Urban Policy, Lancaster University) is the Curriculum Leader for Geography. She has worked at Southlands for many years, challenging our students to think on different scales to understand the dynamic physical and human landscapes that influence our planet.

Her aim is to deliver thought provoking, engaging and exciting Geography lessons to ensure students enjoy maximising their learning.

Year 7

Students in year 7 cover a variety of engaging and exciting human, physical and environmental Geography topics.

These include “Our Wonderful World”: a unit introducing students to the study of the Earth and covering map skills.

Students then go on to consider “Amazing Africa” as a diverse and changing part of the world, identifying many misconceptions about the continent and focusing on dynamic settlements such as Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria where people live in homes built over Lagos Lagoon.

The main physical focus in year 7 is our “Raging Rivers” unit where hydrology is introduced and later practical understanding is developed in a rivers fieldwork enquiry using the River Yarrow locally.

Other units studied are “Sustainable Solutions” and “Astonishing Asia”. The former considers the impacts of humans on the planet. We also look at current issues such as energy use and production, fracking, alternative energies and sustainable lifestyles. The latter considers the basic Geography of Asia. It largely targets Japan, looking at the physical challenges it faces in a tectonically active zone and the human features of the country alongside a study of the Japanese traditional culture.

In short, year 7 Geographical studies promises to be an engaging, relevant and exciting curriculum.

Year 8

Students in year 8 cover a variety of engaging and exciting human, physical and environmental Geography topics.

Starting with “Cool Geography”; a study of “Amazing Antarctica” as a wild and natural environment with an uncertain future. 

Students then go on to look at “Gigantic Glaciers”, studying the formation and development of glaciers as they travel their journey, shaping dramatic landscape.

Students use maps and photograph analysis to identify landforms such as corries, tarns, pyramidal peaks and arêtes; learning about how they are formed.

Further topics include “Record Breaking Russia”. A look at the world largest country; a controversial superpower; it’s landscapes, challenges and strengths.

“Underground Geography” is the next topic studied which considers the hidden landscapes beneath our feet; including vast limestone caverns with their awe inspiring features such as curtains, straws, stalactites and stalagmites.

The final topic studied in year 8 is “Food and Fashion”; a look at industry. Students consider differences between primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary industries with a particular focus on food and farming and the fashion industry in India which students can relate to.

In short, year 8 Geography promises to be an engaging, relevant and dynamic curriculum.

Year 9

Geography in year 9 at Southlands is an exciting and challenging curriculum, combining a number of engaging physical and human topics that will assist in the preparation of students for GCSE in the following year, should they wish to take their interest further. 

The year begins with “Crumbling Coastlines”; a look at the changing British border as the sea erodes, transports and deposits along our shore.  Students then progress to consider “Violent Volcanoes”; a study of some plate tectonics, alongside the destructive force of the planets volcanoes and the ways people manage such disasters.

Human topics in year 9 include “Unfair world” and “Too many people?” In these units the links between level of development and population are investigated. Students consider indicators of development, living standards and the impact of trade and aid on developed countries. Students will consider world population predictions and ways governments have tried to influence population growth.

The final topic in year 9 is “Marvellous Middle East”; a unit that develops students understanding of the region. Themes such as oil, tourism and desert landscapes are explored within this unit.

Year 10

Geography is a very popular subject at GCSE level at Southlands. Students study three exciting Physical Geography topics over the course of the two years. These include “Restless Earth” (volcanoes and earthquakes), “Living World” (Rainforests, Deserts and woodlands) and “The Coastal Zone” (Coastal processes and landscapes).  Furthermore GCSE students learn about Changing Urban Environments” (Cities and towns), “Globalisation” (Global communications and industry) and “Tourism” (Holidays, types of tourism and the impact of tourism.)

Students take part in a fieldwork visit to Blackpool, carrying out various surveys collecting data on different tourism related issues.  Students then independently write this up, analysing the data, drawing conclusions and evaluate their findings. Pupils can also take part in a number of case study field visits to support classroom learning.  Previous trips have included Manchester/Salford Quays, the Lake District and Cadbury World.

Year 11

Geography is a very popular subject at GCSE level at Southlands. Students study three exciting Physical Geography topics over the course of the two years. These include “Restless Earth” (volcanoes and earthquakes), “Living World” (Rainforests, Deserts and woodlands) and “The Coastal Zone” (Coastal processes and landscapes).  Furthermore GCSE students learn about Changing Urban Environments” (Cities and towns), “Globalisation” (Global communications and industry) and “Tourism” (Holidays, types of tourism and the impact of tourism.)

Students take part in a fieldwork visit to Blackpool, carrying out various surveys collecting data on different tourism related issues.  Students then independently write this up, analysing the data, drawing conclusions and evaluate their findings. Pupils can also take part in a number of case study field visits to support classroom learning.  Previous trips have included Manchester/Salford Quays, the Lake District and Cadbury World.