Geography at Our Lady of Sion School is taught to all Year 7-9 students and is a popular option at GCSE and in the Sixth Form. Highlights of the department are the fieldtrips throughout the year to locations including the South Coast, North Downs, Wimbledon and Barcelona. In our Sixth Form we teach the AQA Specification with Geography regularly achieving excellent results.
The Sixth Form offers two residential fieldtrips to complement the exam specification for AQA Geography. These include using the renowned Field Studies Council Centre at Juniper Hall in Dorking and also the Barcelona Field Studies Centre. It is a popular options subject, and students make the transition from GCSE to A-Level with confidence. The independent coursework component at A-Level builds on experienced gained on the fieldtrips and from local investigations.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9
During Year 7, students learn to distinguish between human, environmental and physical geography. They learn to read Ordnance survey maps, look at urbanisation, weather and climate, and, in the Summer Term, complete an extended project looking at Kenya.
In Year 8, still learning about the different forms of geography, the students look at rivers and coasts, economic activity (farming, industry and tourism) along with World issues and population. In the Summer Term, they complete an extended project studying India and Asia.
In Year 9, we study environmental regions, plate tectronics, resources and the environment and international development. The extended project for this year group is all about the emerging nation of China.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11
Studying for GCSE Geography is a popular option and our students achieve good final grades. Following the year AQA course students will come across a range of different topics which will help them develop their own informed views about environmental and development issues both here in the UK and further afield. Study will include: living with the physical environment; challenges in the human environment and geographical applications and skills. Students will sit three exam papers at the end of the two years.
Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13
For those students who choose to study Geography at A Level, we follow the AQA specification with a final two exams to sit at the end of Year 13: one in Human Geography and one in Physical Geography. During the two year course, students will learn about topic such as water and carbon cycles, urban environments, changing places, hazards and coasts.