|TERM 1||TERM 2||TERM 3|
|YEAR 7||Atlas Skills||Ordnance Survey Mapwork||Coasts||Coasts||Geography of the UK||Geography of the UK|
|YEAR 8||Natural Hazards||
|Tropical Rainforests||Tropical Rainforests||Hot Deserts||The UK Economy|
|YEAR 9||Living with the Physical Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards||Living with the Physical Environment: Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards||Living with the Physical Environment: Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards||Living with the Physical Environment: Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK||Living with the Physical Environment: Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK||Living with the Physical Environment: Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK|
|YEAR 10||Living with the Physical Environment: Section C The Living World||Living with the Physical Environment: Section C The Living World||Living with the Physical Environment: Section C The Living World||Challenges in the Human Environment: Urban issues and challenges||GCSE Fieldwork||Challenges in the Human Environment: Urban issues and challenges|
|YEAR 11||Challenges in the Human Environment: The changing economic world||Challenges in the Human Environment: The changing economic world||Challenges in the Human Environment: Resource Management||Challenges in the Human Environment: Resource Management||Revision||Examinations|
Geography at Blackpool Aspire Academy
The Geography Department has an excellent record of success with attainment at KS4. Pupils make good progress and students consistently achieve well above their individual targets. We encourage students to investigate and ask questions about the world around them. In January 2017 Ofsted said that ‘teaching is particularly effective in geography’ adding that ‘work in pupils’ books shows that they make rapid progress over time in geography’. The report also said ‘In geography the teacher’s prior knowledge of what pupils could do underpinned an effective challenge to the class’.
The Geography Department holds the Geographical Association’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ quality award for excellence in geographical teaching and learning; the accolade has been held for the last five years.
In Key Stage 3 students learn and investigate our changing world. In Year 7 students focus on national geography, learning about the UK and its changing landscapes. In Year 8 students build on their understanding of geographical concepts and processes by investigating the interaction between people and the environment. An innovative KS3 curriculum allows students to prepare for the rigours of GCSE, whilst also encouraging them to ask complex geographical questions.
In Key Stage 4 all students follow the AQA syllabus A GCSE in Geography. Students sit three external examinations at the end of the three-year course. Students study both physical and human geography throughout the course and have an opportunity to complete fieldwork in the local area.
Students are encouraged to think about the world in which they live and how their lives and personal geographies contribute to wider British values. Students investigate a wide variety of cultures, countries and environments and are actively encouraged to compare British values and culture to those of other people around the world.
Geography at Aspire allows students an insight into how other people live and promotes respect and tolerance for others of different religions and cultures around the world. Students also study the geography of multicultural Britain and how this works to promote cooperation and reduce ethnic segregation in Britain today.
World of work and lifelong learning
Studying Geography helps students to better understand the world’s people, places and environments from local to global scales. The skills and knowledge gained by studying Geography can be applied to almost any job or workplace.
Geography is a subject recognised by all employers and it equips students with the skills and understanding needed for an ever changing world.
Geographers can use their skills in the following jobs and career paths:
- Policy and Government (town planners, housing officers, social services)
- The Physical Environment (coastal engineer, river engineer, meteorology)
- Geographical Information Systems (defence analyst, cartographer, crime analyst, hydrologist)
- Travel and Tourism (hotel manager, travel writer, expedition manager, incident response manager, transport)
- Business (sustainability manager, sales associates, resource manager)
- Society (police, teaching, prison service, fundraising officer)
- Development and Global Issues (armed forces, working for charities)