Geography is the world subject. It is up-to-date, relevant, exciting and adventurous. It provides an understanding of many big challenges facing the world and knowledge of complex physical and human interactions. Geography tackles issues that matter and evaluates and attempts to manage them.
At Ashlyns School you have the opportunity to develop your geographical skills through a broad, balanced curriculum. We offer a series of interlinked courses that build on National Curriculum requirements and provide the framework to naturally progress to GCSE and ultimately to AS- and A-level Geography.
Fieldwork is an integral part of geography and enhances skills and investigation techniques. As a school we encourage the development of fieldwork skills and opportunities to explore familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Our fieldtrips involve both local and international studies and have included; fieldwork within the school grounds; Barton on Sea, Bournemouth, Swanage, Barcelona and Iceland. For more details and updates please visit the Geography VLE area.
In addition to fieldwork, we regularly take groups on visits to develop their sense of enquiry of concepts such as; Y9 to the Natural History Museum and Y8 to Kew Gardens as part of Extended Learning Days. As members of the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Association we also offer a programme of extra-curricular lectures for A Level students to enhance their geographical knowledge as well as opportunities to attend A Level Hazards Conferences and study days at the RGS.
Key Stage 3
|Term||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Autumn 2||All about the UK||Weather and Climate||Cold Environments|
|Spring 1||Coasts||Africa – continent of contrasts||Interconnected World|
|Spring 2||Amazing Asia||Rivers||Urbanisation – Rio in-depth study|
|Summer 1||Beautiful Biomes||Development||Ecological Footprints and Futures|
|Summer 2||Beautiful Biomes / Geographical Skills||Development / Fieldwork Skills / Enquiry||Restless Earth|
Key Stage 4
|Term||Year 10||Year 11|
|Autumn 1||Tectonic Hazards review; The Development Gap||Changing urban areas; Rivers|
|Autumn 2||Weather Hazards; Climate Change||The changing UK economy; Ecosystems|
|Spring 1||The Urban World – newly emerging economy||Rainforests; hot deserts; cold climates|
|Spring 2||Physical landscapes in the UK; Rivers||Newly emerging economy: Nigeria; Resource management; Energy management|
|Summer 1||The changing UK economy||Geographical applications and skills; revision|
|Summer 2||Coastal Landscapes||Geographical applications and skills; revision|
Key Stage 5
|Term||Year 12||Year 13|
|Autumn||Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Globalisation||The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; Superpowers|
|Spring||Landscapes, Systems, Processes and Change; Shaping Places||The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity; Global Development and Connections|
|Summer||Coursework – independent investigation and write-up||Revision and examinations|