The geography course promotes an understanding of the nature of the earth’s surface, the character of places, the nature of people’s relationship with the environment, and other geographical concepts and skills as laid down in the National Curriculum.
Geography at Wigston Academy is designed to excite an interest in our fascinating world. All our pupils are encouraged and equipped to become active and independent learners so they can explore their interests fully.
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At the start of their time at Wigston Academy pupils explore the key skills and principles in Geography. We also develop our Atlas and map skills before exploring the local area, urban settlement and comparing contrasting countries.
Year 8 looks at the environmental challenges facing our world and explores solutions. Natural hazards are also explored before turning our attention to the study of the global economy and see how wealth is made and spread around our planet.
The year is devoted to a course on exploring landscapes. We look at the formation of a selection of landscapes including glacial and coastal landscapes as well as considering the impact of climate and rivers on our environment. The year is also devoted to laying the foundations for the GCSE course and developing core skills and interests.
Assessment throughout Key Stage 3 is through a varied mix of regular tests, exams and extended coursework. This is designed to develop varied skills and interests in all pupils and create interested and motivated learners.
Year 10 & 11
The GCSE course builds on the knowledge and skills of Key Stage 3. Students will explore the challenges posed by natural hazards and deepen their understanding of landscapes and the diversity of life that lives there. Urban issues and challenges will be examined and the changes in our economic world and challenges of resource management dissected. Throughout there is a strong thread of hands on exploration with students required to participate in fieldwork and develop their own interest in their locality and the wider world.