The Geography Department at Haughton Academy focuses on creating an exciting and fulfilling learning environment. We do this by providing a well planned and varied KS3 course and by choosing examination courses which will challenge pupils, whilst encouraging them to continue their geographical learning to an even higher level. We deliver high quality teaching, learning and assessment so that pupils will enjoy Geography, appreciate its value and importance, and see it within the wider context of their curriculum experience. We aim to implement enquiry/project based learning across the key stages in a variety of topics, whether it is alongside lesson content or as an extended piece of homework.

Key Stage 3

Within the Geography curriculum students will study local, national and global issues in relation to human and physical geography. Students will discover through studying the complex and dynamically changing world, where places are, how landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Our geography builds on pupils' own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

Please see below for the range of topics covered in KS3. The numbers correspond to the half term's and the colours to the year groups. Y7=Blue, Y8=Green and Y9=Purple.

Key Stage 4

The summer of 2014, will see pupils sitting a new specification and type of assessment. The new specification includes the change from modular to linear assessment and the introduction of marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). The specification of study is the new AQA A syllabus. The course is made up of two exams and one piece of controlled assessment, Unit 1 is Physical Geography, Unit 2- Human Geography, Unit 3-Local Fieldwork Investigation. . A wide range of skills including problem solving, literacy and numeracy, technological skills, including ICT and GIS, graphical and cartographical skills, will provide candidates, for whom GCSE will be the

a clear overall view of the world in the first part of the 21st century. AQA A in particular allows enquiry-based learning to be at the forefront of the teaching of the subject. Examples of topics covered include the coastal environment, tourism and the restless earth (hazards).

We aim to provide learning opportunities out of school, as well as within the building and grounds, including organised fieldwork with EV’s outdoor education team, as well as outside agencies.

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