In Geography you will study the many different themes such as natural hazards, global development and fragile environments examining them through the study of different local and global examples. The Geography curriculum will also develop different skills such as; interpreting information from maps, graphs, photographs and ICT sources, investigation and analysis. These are skills that will help you to succeed in the wider world.
Our Lower School curriculum covers a range of topics from human, physical and environmental Geography. We aim to inspire and engage our students, instilling them with an understanding of the world around them and a love of learning.
Lower School Geography is taught over 3 lessons a fortnight.
In their first year at Hayesfield, students will investigate the key elements of geography; human, physical and environmental, learn about fragile environments including tropical rainforests and polar environments and learn about settlements and changing urban areas
This year students study the Geography of population and the relationship between population and resources, investigate climate and our changing climate and study physical landforms and the processes that are creating and changing them
This year students explore the Geography of development, Global hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms and the changing Geography of the UK in the 21st Century
Geography Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs)
Assessment in Lower School Geography
In Geography, we assess a range of important and transferrable skills: Geographical knowledge and understanding; analysis of Geographical sources; and analysis of Geographical information.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Sept||Baseline assessment||Global population||Comparing countries development|
|Nov||Rainy, hilly, crowded||Population and resources||Dharavi DME|
|Jan||Fragile environments skills||Climate assessment||Hazard skills|
|March||Fragile environments essay||Climate change assessment|
|May||Urban challenge skills||Dynamic landscapes skills|
|June||UK in 21st Century skills|
|July||Urban challenge essay||Dynamic landscapes essay||UK in 21st Century essay|
Marking of Students’ Work and Feedback
We assess students six times per school year, once per term. Teachers give feedback on one assessment per term and one piece of extended book work or homework, in accordance with the school’s Teaching and Learning Policy, explaining What Went Well (WWW) and Even Better If (EBI).
Setting in Lower School Geography
Students are set according to ability for Geography lessons.
Geography homework is set on a weekly basis in Lower School. Students record homework in their planners and teachers share the work via SIMS Learning Gateway. Typical homework activities include; wider reading, independent research and preparation for key assessments.
Supporting Your Daughter in Lower School Geography.
There are many ways in which you can support your daughter in the study of Geography such as:
- Watching relevant documentary programs
- Reading/ watching the news and discussing together
- Visiting different places of interest locally or further afield