Geography


Geography

The Geography Department aims to develop students' understanding about the world around them. It aims to help students consider their future world. By considering key issues, landforms and world changes, students are able to develop a range of key skills. This development of skills provides them with great opportunities for future development and employability.

We want to create successful learners who progress and achieve, considerate individuals who lead safe and healthy lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Geography is a crucial subject for students to learn, to understand about the formation of our world, how people impact and change our world and how it can be preserved for the future.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.


Ethos & Values

We aim:

  • To enhance children's quality of learning through the effective delivery of the Geography syllabus.
  • To raise attainment by creating a target-orientated culture based on the enhancement of self-esteem.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.
  • To manage resources to ensure maximum benefit.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, its consequences for other humans and the world they inhabit are important to all students in understanding the world in which we live.

Geography allows you to develop key world information and to develop a variety of skills. A successful Geographer will be able to:

  • Understand what motivates people, what they think and feel.
  • Gather and read different kinds of information.
  • Read maps, graphs and other diagrams.
  • Communicate clearly and learn to express yourself verbally and on paper.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, displaying a good standard of written English.
  • Present arguments and consider viewpoints.
  • Work safely in different locations whilst undertaking fieldwork.
  • Use specialised fieldwork equipment to gather information about the locations your visit.
  • Develop the use of subject specialist equipment and ICT.

Resources & Facilities

At Louth Academy we have a strong team of dedicated and professional Geography teachers who are passionate about teaching the subject.

We offer dedicated, well equipped and comfortable classrooms, with interactive facilities; we also offer a wide range of quality resources and subject specific software.


Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

All students study Geography at Key Stage 3 in line with the National Curriculum.

Year 7

In Year 7 students begin by studying a range of geographical and map bases skills. They follow this with units on settlement, Brazil, Ecosystems, Rivers and we complete the year with a focus on Africa where we apply our knowledge and understanding from the previous units in a locational context

Year 8

In Year 8 we study Coastal Environments, Tourism, Plate Tectonics, Geology, Weather and Climate and we complete the year by looking at aspects of life in modern day India, applying much of what we have studied throughout the year in context.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students complete a full GCSE qualification in Geography, with examinations taking place at the end of Year 11; students are also required to take part in fieldwork. They will sit three examinations at the end of Year 11:

  • Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (35% of GCSE);
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (35% of GCSE);
  • Paper 3: Geographical Applications (30% of GCSE).

Students studying this GCSE will also undertake fieldwork, practicing different methods of data collection for both Human and Physical Geography; these skills along with all additional content will be tested in examination papers at the end of Year 11.

In Year 9 students begin with a sequence of lessons looking at a range of geographical skills that will be required on the course. We then study units on Rivers, The Changing Economic World and Natural Hazards.

In Year 10 we study Urbanisation with a detailed focus on Rio de Janeiro and Hull, Coastal Environments. These two units also incorporate fieldwork days – one out visiting various sites along the Lincolnshire Coast focusing on different management techniques and their efficacy, the other is a day in Hull focusing on differences in the quality of housing/local environment between two contrasting neighbourhoods.


Learning Outside The Classroom

At Key Stage 4, GCSE students undertake two fieldtrips to contrasting environments, enabling them to develop their knowledge and understanding of both physical and human geography. Examples of past fieldtrips include a visit to the Lincolnshire Coast to investigate the impact of coastal management, and a visit to Hull to study urban regeneration in the Marina area as well as differing environmental quality in Avenue v Myton wards


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

The study of Geography lets you develop skills which could lead to many different career choices. Many people who have studied Geography have gone into the following fields:

Accountancy, Administration, Archaeology, Architecture, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama Theatre and the Performing Arts, Education, Environment and Conservation, Finance, Information Management, Media, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalist, Legal Executive, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Solicitor, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Researchers, Lawyers

Geography is highly regarded by many employers and universities due to the wide range of skills and knowledge that students acquire.

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Louth Academy
Executive Principal

Martin Brown
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT
Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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