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Why Geography?

The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places.  It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability to the planet.

What Will I Study?

In year 7 we start with an introduction to geography, uEstablishing how we are connected to other global locations. Year 7 will also become masters at mapwork and experts on the geography of crime. Our final two units are on settlement and coastal environments which provides opportunities for local fieldwork studies, including Lulworth Cove.

In year 8 we build on the topics covered in the year 7 geography programme. The forst unit or year 8 focuses on development issues in Ghana and Kenya, and we then look at the energy issue in the United Kingdom. We then consider sustainability snapshots, such as Antarctica and rainforests to investigate our ecological footprints. In the final unit of the year we will revisit the impact of the Olympics in the local area.

In year 9 students will study ‘population’, ‘resources’, ‘globalisation’ and the ‘challenges of an urban world’. In year 10 we continue the human geography themes with ‘development dilemmas’ and ‘the changing UK economy’. In the remaining time of year 10 and 11 students study ‘Physical Geography’ with themes such as ‘Earthquakes’, ‘climate change’, ‘battle for the biosphere’, ‘water world’, ‘coasts’, and ‘extreme environments’.

Our GCSE course presently follows the Edexcel B specification, which develops all the themes studied in years 7 and 8.

Is GCSE Geography For Me?

If you like what you’ve read so far, then the answer is probably “yes”.
We follow the ‘B’ specification designed by Edexcel. This is a linear course with 3 exams in year 11.

Students will start their controlled assessment in year 10, rolling over into year 11. The theme of this, under the direction of the exam board, changes every year, providing us with opportunities to study the urban environment as well as the physical and natural environment. Students will also be examined on units entitled ‘people and the planet’ in the summer
of year 11. At the same time, students will also be examined on their ability
to make geographical decisions. Each unit will be worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.

What About Field Trips?

We take pride in the number of extra-curricular activities that are offered at The Wey Valley School. We offer opportunities to visit the Eden Project and Bristol Zoo in year 8. We also visit Lulworth Cove, The Imperial War Museum and Natural History Museum in year 9. We are investigating opportunities to visit Leeson House and the Centre of Alternative Technology as part of
the GCSE course.