The geography department follow a blended curriculum at year 7 and 8 with the History and QM department. At year 9, key stage 4 and key stage 5 the geography department works to broaden the geographical skills, knowledge and understanding of the young people at the Blyth academy in the following ways:
The above video is about the department's latest visit to Ford Castle. We take students each year for an adventure and team building weekend.
Key Stage 3
7 for 7 curriculum- This is so named due to the scheme of learning that students follow by way of finding out about a different continent and the geography, history and cultures of it.
Students progress into more specific areas where they are given a term (12 weeks) of
Geography: Coasts, fossil fuels, renewable energies, History: Battle of Hastings, The Medieval Period, Crusades, Medieval period and finish with a comparative study of the ,Rise of European Dictators in Europe.
QM: Rites of passage, street children, Buddhism and Islam
Students begin their specialist geography education in year 9 with a mix of human and physical topics throughout the year. The focus is on developing skills through geography that will help learners should they choose to go on and study geography up to GCSE level and beyond.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Geography is a popular option at GCSE level in the Blyth academy forming one aspect of the EBACC qualification set. Learners undertake a course offering three physical and three human units as well as a coursework element. The topics covered on the AQA A syllabus are as follows:
- Water on the land
- The restless earth
- The coastal zone
- Changing urban environments
- Population change
There is also a compulsory coursework element where the students partake in fieldwork at Druridge bay or Newbiggin by the sea. The written element of this forming 25% of the overall syllabus.
Key Stage 5
A level Geography aims to expand the practical knowledge and understanding gained at GCSE level and also improve on the geographical skills that students are able to use. Again following the AQA syllabus the course allows students a range of human and physical topics as well as opportunities to sample different fieldwork skills at both year 12 and year 13.