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Geography at Totnes Progressive School

Geography is the study of the world around us. It is a wide-ranging subject that enables students to engage with global issues such as climate change, resource management, pollution and growing population. Topics covered include OS map skills, rain forests, climate change, international migration, plate tectonics, weather & climate, farming, the energy gap to name a few. In geography students develop a range of skills such as team working, research, presentation and statistics. We also conduct fieldwork, both locally and to wider locations.

In Year 7 we explore a range of topics and issues - we start in Year 7 with the Geography of the UK, then move further afield into Europe then the rest of the world! In Year 8 we study world population, ecosystems and start researching global issues such as climate change and pollution. Assessments in years 7 and 8 are a mixture of written work, map skills and graph skills.

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification. Topics include;
Tectonic and weather hazards
Ecosystems, including hot deserts and tropical rainforests
UK rivers and coastal environments
Urban issues and challenges
Economic geography
Resources management (renewable and non-renewable resources)

AQA GCSE Geography is assessed through three written examinations.
As part of AQA Geography all students are required to take part in two days fieldwork. This is usually held as a residential trip in Slapton, South Devon. The Geography Department also organises other trips and there are plans afoot for a field trip to Iceland!
It’s worth keeping a look out for relevant documentaries - there are usually plenty that are relevant to Geography. A good start would be the Planet Earth series, usually available on BBC iPlayer.
Useful website links;
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc - AQA GCSE Geography on BBC Bitesize
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance - AQA GCSE Geography
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ - National Hurricane Center (USA)
https://www.windy.com - Wind map and weather forecasting
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ - latest earthquakes (USGS)
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ - UK’s Met Office

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