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Geography

Reasons to choose Tapton:

Outstanding Teaching and Learning. All of our staff are highly qualified professionals who have a great passion for the subject. Our teaching is dynamic and varied in style, as well as being relevant to students in todays global society.

Exciting Trips and Visits. Fieldwork is a vital component and recent trips have varied from local to international scale. In the past academic year trips have ranged from Manchester to Flamborough Head and from the Lake District to Iceland.

Destinations. Tapton School offers Geography at A-Level in Sixth Form.

Key stage 3 curriculum content 

A number of physical, human and environmental topics are covered in Key Stage 3. Students develop a range of skills, knowledge, understanding and values through each unit.

Year 7

  • Excellent Geography - Your Favourite Place
  • Welcome to your Planet
  • Map Skills
  • The Geography of the UK
  • Is Africa One Place?
  • Ecosystems - focus on rainforests (including on-site fieldwork).

Key Projects: Students are encouraged to take an interest in their own personal geography and understand how it relates to wider regional and global geographies.

Year 8

  • Plate Tectonics (focus on Volcanoes)
  • The Geography of Asia
  • Climate Hazards (focus on Hurricanes)
  • Urban Planet

Key Projects: Students are encouraged to take an interest in current affairs and understand how Geography relates to the real world.

Year 9

  • Frozen Planet
  • Development
  • The Middle East
  • Climate Emergency
  • Factfulness.
key stage 4 curriculum content 

Students will study towards their GCSE through a mixture of coursework and exams. Tapton School follows the OCR Specification B: Geography for Enquiring Minds.

Year 10

Students will study up to four of the following topics:

  • Sustaining Ecosystems: Why are natural ecosystems important; Why should tropical rainforests matter to us; Is there more to polar environments than ice?
  • Resource Resilience: Will we run out of natural resources; Can we feed nine billion people by 2050?
  • Distinctive Landscapes: What makes a landscape distinctive; What influences the landscapes of the UK?
  • Global Hazards: How can weather be hazardous, How do plate tectonics shape our world? 

Year 11

Students will complete the study of the following topics:

  • Changing Climate: What evidence is there for a changing climate; Is climate change a natural process; Why is climate change a global issue?
  • Urban Features:  Why do more than half of the world's population lie in urban areas; What are the challenges and opportunities for cities today?
  • Dynamic Development: Why are some countries richer than others; Are low income developing countries likely to stay poor?
  • UK in the 21st Century: How is the UK changing in the 21st Century; Is the UK losing its global significance?
  • Fieldwork to the city centre will take place in the autumn term.