Geography

Geography develops children’s knowledge and understanding of people and places. At Torquay Academy, we learn about the wider world as well as local areas, looking at the physical, social and economic issues surrounding each case study. Use of maps, atlases, photos and the internet ensures a well-balanced and interactive method of learning for all pupils. Fieldwork opportunities are provided There are many cross-curricular links with subjects such as literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Year 7

All students study Geography for two lessons per fortnight. Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter.
Cycle 1 What is Geography and Map Skills?
Cycle 2 Is the answer blowing in the wind?
Cycle 3 Ecosystems
Cycle 4 Weather and Climate

Year 8

All students study Geography for two lessons per fortnight. Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter.
Cycle 1 Tectonicsa and Natural Hazards
Cycle 2 Africa, a continent of contrasts
Cycle 3 How does water shape the land?
Cycle 4 Population and development

Year 9

We follow the AQA Specification for GCSE Geography here at Torquay Academy. Students have three lessons across the fortnight. Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter in the form of a written exam question and a multiple-choice knowledge test.
Cycle 1 Natural Hazards and Tectonics
Cycle 2 Urban Change and Growth in Lagos
Cycle 3 River Landscapes
Cycle 4 Urban Change and Sustainable Development in the UK (London)

Year 10

We follow the AQA Specification for GCSE Geography here at Torquay Academy. Students have three lessons across the fortnight. Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter in the form of a written exam question and a multiple-choice knowledge test. Year 10 will sit two PPE papers across the year.
Cycle 1 Ecosystems and Hot Deserts
Cycle 2 Global Resource Management
Cycle 3 Coastal Landscapes and Physical Fieldwork
Cycle 4 Economic Development in Nigeria

Year 11

We follow the AQA Specification for GCSE Geography here at Torquay Academy. Students have three lessons across the fortnight. Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter in the form of a written exam question and a multiple-choice knowledge test. Year 11 will sit two PPE papers across the year.

Cycle 1 Human Fieldwork Skills
Cycle 2 Weather Hazards and Climate Change
Cycle 3 Economic Development in the UK
Cycle 4 Pre-Release Issue Evaluation and Revision

Year 12

Students follow the Edexcel Specification for A Level Geography and five lessons across the fortnight. There are two teachers of A Level Geography who teach separate units:
Cycle 1 & 2 Globalisation & Regenerating Places
Cycle 3 & 4 Coastal Landscapes and Change & Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Year 13

Year 13 complete four days of fieldwork over the course of the year, local and distant place in which we spend two days in London.
Cycle 1 & 2 Water Cycle and Water Insecurity & Migration Identity and Sovereignty
Cycle 3 & 4 Superpowers & Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity