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Welcome to the Geography Department

Geography is always included in the news whether it be weather, global warming, green peace, natural disasters, deserts, populations or migration. Geography is in our sense of community, our food, our environment, sustainability and our communications. It is Earth’s past, present and possible futures.

Many pupils decide to choose Geography and from this, they learn about citizenship, sustainability and outdoor learning. They also gain a host of skills including team working, critical thinking and analysis, evaluation skills and many more geographical skills and techniques. 

Choosing Geography is a great way for young people to keep their options open, irrespective of whether they are going into further education or straight into a job. 

  • Careers in Geography can include:
  • Renewable energy
  • Town and transport planning
  • Environmental management and
  • conservation
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education, including teaching
  • Housing and social welfare
  • Resource exploration and extraction
  • e.g. mining, petroleum
  • Work in the charity sector
  • e.g. aid agencies

Geography members of staff are:

  • Miss Allison
  • Miss Gallagher

Topics and Course Description

S1

What is Geography?

In this topic, pupils gain an introduction to Geography and what will be included in the years to come.

Pupils learn about physical, human and environmental geography.

Pupils will also gain map reading and annotating skills.

Rich World Poor World

This is an IDL unit across the 4 humanities subjects.

Within this, pupils will compare the differences in development between the USA and Kenya. Pupils will complete a group task and deliver a presentation at the end of this unit.

Countries of the World

This topic will build on pupils’ knowledge of a variety of countries including their capitals and information on each.                             


S2

Japan

Pupils will gain in depth knowledge of Japan in this topic including the climate, culture, population and trade.

Earth Forces

This topic includes knowledge of volcanoes and earthquakes and the interaction between the physical and human world.


S3

Brazil

In the Brazil topic, pupils will learn about the Amazon rainforest’s climate, tribes, animals and deforestation. They will also learn about the rural to urban migration from the rainforest to Rio de Janeiro and the Zika virus. 

Tundra

In this unit, pupils will learn about the location of tundra areas, life in the tundra as well as learning about how wildlife and vegetation adapt to survive the cold, harsh conditions of the tundra. 

Deserts

In this unit, pupils carry out independent research to complete a project on deserts across the world.

Mapping Skills

Pupils in this unit learn key skills which they will need for the coming years in Geography. This includes reading grid references, scales, map symbols and reading heights on a map. 

Coasts

In the Coasts unit, pupils will learn about coastal erosion and the impact it has on coastal communities.

They also learn about different coastal processes and features.

Pupils will learn about different land uses in the Sands of Forvie in Aberdeen, conflicts which can arise from these land uses and possible solutions.

Glaciation

In the Glaciation unit, pupils will learn about glacial erosion processes and features.

Pupils will learn about different land uses in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, conflicts which can arise from these land uses and possible solutions.

S4

Course Description 

 The National Geography Course develops a range of geographical skills and techniques. Learners gain a detailed understanding of the ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes at local, national, international and global scales.

Course content

There are three areas of study. Each area focuses on particular skills.

Physical environments

Candidates develop geographical skills and techniques in the context of physical

environments, together with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within physical environments. 

Human environments

Candidates develop geographical skills and techniques in the context of human

environments, together with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the interactions at work within human environments. Candidates compare developed and developing countries drawn from a global context. 

Global issues

Candidates develop skills in using numerical information in the context of global issues, together with a detailed knowledge and understanding of significant global geographical issues. 

Topics

  • Coastal Environments
  • Glaciated Landscapes
  • Weather
  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Population
  • Health
  • Climate Change

S5/6

Course structure

This Course develops a range of cognitive and practical skills. It encourages active learning, including fieldwork, in the process of developing an understanding of geographical issues. The theme of sustainability will permeate the Course as appropriate. Learners will acquire and apply relevant knowledge. Through using a wide range of sources of information they will develop investigating, evaluating and analysing skills in order to understand and explain complex geographical issues.

By undertaking this Course, learners will develop a wide range of important and

transferable skills, including using, interpreting, evaluating and analysing a wide range of geographical information; interpreting and explaining complex geographical phenomena; using a wide range of maps and other data to process and communicate complex geographical information; and researching skills, including fieldwork.

Learners will develop an awareness of a range of geographical information systems through ICT or alternative means.

The skills listed above will be developed and applied over a range of physical

environment, human environment and global issue contexts in the following Units.

Each Unit also offers opportunities for learners to focus on particular skills.

This Course has three mandatory Units. 

Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.

The principles above will be applied in the Units below:

Geography: Physical Environments (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of physical environments. Learners will develop mapping skills in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within physical environments on a local, regional and global scale.

Geography: Human Environments (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of human environments. Learners will develop research skills in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions at work within urban and rural environments in developed and developing countries. 

Geography: Global Issues (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will develop and apply geographical skills and techniques in the context of global geographical issues. Learners will develop skills of numerical and graphical analysis in geographical contexts. Learners will develop and apply knowledge and understanding of global geographical issues which demonstrate the interaction of physical and human factors and the strategies adopted in the management of these issues.


Topics

  • Atmosphere
  • Biosphere
  • Hydrosphere
  • Lithosphere
  • Climate Change
  • River Basin Management
  • Population
  • Rural
  • Urban