Introduction to the Subject and Team

Miss Victoria Bisson
Curriculum Team Leader

The Geography department is staffed by a team of keen and committed geographers who all have degrees in the subject.

Our vision is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to help them understand the patterns and processes that they see in the world around them. We aim to provide active and engaging lessons using a range of resources and activities that will stimulate their interest and enjoyment of the world that they live in. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Course Content at Key Stage 3

Y7 – Term 1 – Local scale – An introduction to IDEAL skills and map skills
Y7 – Term 2 – National scale – UK geography
Y7 – Term 3 – Global scale – World Tour
Y8 – Term 1 – Europe and Plate tectonics
Y8 – Term 2 – Asia Population and Development
Y8 – Term 3 – Africa and Resources
Y9 – Term 1 – Resourcing the Future – ecosystems – rainforests and deserts
Y9 – Term 2 – Changing Places and the sustainability of spaces
Y9 – Term 3 – Russia and the Geography of Migration

Course Content at Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11

Please refer to the document below detailing the curriculum content for Year 9, 10 and 11.

Geography Subject Map and Specification

Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

At Ossett Academy, we want all students to enjoy Geography and be able to use the knowledge gained in lessons to have a better understanding of the world around them. Students interested in following the subject beyond GCSE can follow an ‘A’ Level course in Geography which will help them get onto a range of degree courses.

As a broad-based academic degree, Geography is well respected by employers and Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geographers can enter a very wide range of career areas, there is no such thing as a ‘geography’ job, but it can lead to working in a very wide range of jobs as graduates will have transferrable skills and experience in decision making and problem-solving. They may work within town and transport planning, chartered surveying, land and water management, sustainability, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare.

How Parents Can Support Learning

  • Ask them about their Geography lessons, what are they learning about and what can they tell you about it.
  • Take an interest in their Geography homework, encourage them to do their best and provide support if they are unsure.
  • Talk to your child about the world around them both in their local area and when you go further afield.
  • Watch relevant TV programmes together, maybe a programme about an extreme weather event or a documentary about volcanoes and earthquakes. Also watching the news and talking about where particular events have occurred.
  • Have an atlas or road atlas at home if possible for your child to refer to.
  • Buy a revision guide if your child is doing GCSE Geography.
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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