Geography at Fakenham Academy is taught with an emphasis on our ever changing world, be it locally, nationally or globally. We take pride in using our expertise, to constantly update teaching approaches and add to the relevance of our studies. We reflect what is happening in the world around us, be it coastal storm surges on the north Norfolk coast, the jobs and housing pressures facing young people living and growing up in rural north Norfolk or the growing opportunities provided by the renewable energy industries off the north Norfolk coast. Current affairs are constantly brought into a wide spectrum of lessons, supplemented with learning outside the classroom experiences based upon real life scenarios.
Year 7 Geography provides many of the skills, which are then applied in subsequent geographical studies. Map skills and studies of our local area, are combined human geography settlement studies. This includes a Gressenhall visit, based on the development of an area of rural north Norfolk for the provision of housing. Physical geography studies focus on a range of landscapes and processes of formation, in different areas of the UK and around the world. These include limestone landscapes, the deserts of Africa and glaciation.
In Year 8, physical geography is further developed through studies of coasts, rivers and weather and climate. This includes a microclimate fieldwork study. Human geography has an emphasis on economic development and tourism, including Africa and China.
Year 9 Geography extends studies further through the development of the critical understanding of topics and concepts, including earthquakes and volcanoes, deforestation, global trade, population and resource balances and the stresses being placed upon Antarctica and its oceans. These topics act as a transition into KS4 GCSE Geography studies and the higher level skills which are required to be utilised in these studies.
The new AQA GCSE Geography specification will be taught from September 2016. This has three main units. Unit 1 ‘Living With The Physical Environment’, includes studies on tectonic hazards, weather and climate, coasts, rivers, ecosystems including rainforests and hot deserts. Unit 2 ‘Challenges In The Human Environment’, includes urban issues, the changing economic world and resource management. Unit 3 ‘Geographical Application’, includes an issue evaluation and fieldwork. This fieldwork will take place on the north Norfolk coast, utilising our own in-house expertise in studies of coastal processes and coastal management developed over many years.