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Geography

Geography at Smithdon High School

How was this landscape formed and how is it changing?

Why were these buildings constructed in this city?

Why are shops and businesses opening and closing?

In a landscape or a city, we are surrounded by Geography. The nation watched Blue Planet on BBC, which raised lots of issues and questions for the rest of the planet. Smithdon High School Geography department encourages students to ask these questions and more; to think about the future of the planet by being interested in Geography – not just because they study the subject. 

The staff delivering Geography are:-
 

Mr S. Chapman

                    Head of Department and SLT Member 
     
Ms R. Bazeley-Smith Mr M. Knott 

Mr A. Duncan

SENDCo, Senior DSL,
and
Teacher of Geography
Assistant Head
and
Teacher of Geography
Teacher of
Geography

 

West Norfolk is a brilliant place to study Geography with the coastline set within a changing rural landscape and the urban landscape of Kings Lynn 15 miles away. The area is under threat from climate change and plastic pollution.

 

Geography is all around us, a knowledge and understanding of the processes shaping the world is essential for all to ensure a sustainable future for planet Earth.

The Geography curriculum

At Smithdon, students learn about key aspects of physical, human and environmental Geography at a variety of levels. The curriculum focuses on key geographical themes, including rivers, coasts, population and the economy, as well as developing a knowledge of places including the UK, Asia and Africa. Students develop and use a range of Geographical skills to include the use of maps, ICT, graphs and fieldwork.

Throughout their curriculum studies, students consider British Values, for example the role of democratically elected governments in determining the provision of coastal and river defences. Students are supported to develop moral and social values, providing them the skills and knowledge to make sensible, informed decisions about how their actions affect the future of the planet.

Key Stage 3 Geography

 

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3 Topic 4

Year 7

Map Skills

Geography of the UK

Weather

Asia

Year 8

Coast and Rivers

Population Change

Tectonics

Ecosystems and the Economy

Year 9

Glaciation 

Superpowers

Africa

Fieldwork

 

For a more in-depth overview of our KS3 curriculum, please click here.

GCSE Geography

The department follows the EDEXCEL Geography A specification which has three written exams:

  • Unit 1: Physical Environment (37.5% of final exam)

1hr 30 mins exam

  • Unit 2: Human Environment (37.5% of final exam)

1hr 30 mins exam

  • Unit 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges (25% of final exam)

1hr 30 mins exam.

For more detail on the topics and content included in each examined unit, please click here.
 

In summary:

Year 10 topics

 

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5

Changing landscapes of the UK

Coastal processes and landscapes

River processes and landscapes

Weather hazards and climate change

Ecosystems, biodiversity and management

 

Year 11 topics
 

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Changing cities

Global development

Resource management

UK Challenges


Fieldwork

GCSE students are required to complete two days of fieldwork which are examined within Unit 3. These are:

  • Investigating coastal landforms – fieldwork based on the North Norfolk Coast, carried out within the Autumn Term of Year 10.
  • Investigating urban environments – fieldwork based in the city of Norwich, carried out within the Summer Term of Year 10.