Geography

Introduction

Geography inspires the students at Trinity to understand more about the world around them, a vital skill for every student in our rapidly changing world.

In Geography lessons students are taught to master key geographic skills such as map skills, Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) and image interpretation as well as learning about current issues and theories to help them interpret the world around them. All students study the subject and KS3 and a large number at GCSE. We are looking forward to running a successful Geography programme at A level.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 students will discover what Geography is and extend their knowledge of map skills and location. Students will interpret and communicate through a range of different sources of geographical information, including maps, globes and aerial photographs. Later in the year they will look at settlement, how and where people choose to live and how this impacts the earth. Lastly they will look at coasts and discover the awesome processes that form much of our beautiful British coastline.

In Year 8 students will become familiar with ecosystems and biomes of the world. They will learn where they are located and why, and how people and animals have adapted to living in certain environments, with a special focus on tropical rainforests and arctic tundra. Students will learn about key physical and human features within the continent of Africa and the vast diversity of the region. Lastly students will explore how the UK population is growing and aging. They will use maps to visualise the population distribution in the UK and be able to interpret population graphs to forecast future population trends, of course looking at the impacts of migration.

In Year 9 students will learn about the earth-shattering processes of tectonic plates, considering how humans can adapt and predict these natural hazards. They will then move on to look at weather and climate, considering the impacts of tropical storms and assessing the effects of global warming and our response to it. Rivers processes and management will be studied with some practical work in the field. They will finish the year with a look at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and their influence not only in their region, but the world.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level the students will build on their knowledge and skills from key stage 3.  They will study Human and Physical Geography as well as developing key geographic skills including decision-making and fieldwork.  This will involve students completing a residential trip that will extend their fieldwork skills in both physical and human Geography.

Human units include urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and resource management. Physical units include the challenges of natural hazards, the living world and physical landscapes in the UK.