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Geography

Introduction

The geography departmentís aim is to encourage studentsí to develop their knowledge and understanding of the ever changing world around them. We examine the core principles of geography through investigation and help students to understand more about their surroundings on local, national and international scales..

Key Stage 3 Summary

All students study geography at Key Stage 3 and have three one hour geography lessons per fortnight. In Year 7 & 8 students are taught in mixed ability form groups and in Year 9 they are set according to ability. This gives them a solid foundation for GCSE, enabling them to make a genuine, well-informed choice in Year 9 when opting for their GCSE subjects. Lesson delivery includes a focus on personal learning and thinking skills and promoting independent learning. Lessons include clear objectives, differentiated learning outcomes and regular mini plenaries to assess studentsí progress throughout the lesson. The department aims to ensure that all students are aware of their own attainment and give oral and written feedback about the steps needed to make further progress.

In year 7 we focus on basic skills and techniques and building confidence. In year 8 and 9 the course is structured like a GCSE course allowing students to access the national curriculum through thematic projects. This means that they are very well informed when it comes to their option choices and the transition to GCSE is also a smoother one.


Curriculum Overview

Year 7
Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

What is Geography Fantastic Places

 

Tourism and Britain

China

Mapskills
Rainforest
Tectonics
Spring Term

Weather and Climate

Weathering & Erosion

Russia

Rivers and Flooding
Extreme Weather
Development
Summer Term

Trade, Aid & Fair Trade

Industry & Energy

Globalisation
Britain, Europe & the Middle East
Kenya
Population & Urbanisation

 

Key Stage 4 Summary

At Key Stage 4 Geography is an option subject and forms part of the English Baccalaureate Route. Students have 5 one hour geography lessons per fortnight and GCSE Geography covers topics such as rivers, cities and industry. It is about places - the local area, the UK, the European Union and other countries from around the world and the issues that should concern us all, such as pollution and global warming. It helps us to understand the world about us, how people in different parts of the world depend on each other, and how we all rely on a healthy environment. Students will develop investigative, problem solving and decision making skills as well as transferable skills such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking - all highly valued by employers. Fieldwork is an important part of the specification as it gives students the opportunity to further investigate aspects of geography studied in class and collect data from outside the classroom to test a hypothesis. For Y11 in 2016-17 the department follows the AQA Specification A leading to GCSE grades A*- G. This is made up of 25% controlled assessment and 75% two written examinations (one human geography paper and one physical geography paper). Students will be entered for either Higher or Foundation tier depending on ability.

Year 10 in 2016-17 and onwards will also follow the AQA specification A leading to GCSE grades 9-1. There are 3 exams at the end of year 11 - paper one "Living with the Physical environment" (natural hazards, living world and physical geography of the uk) worth 35%. Paper two "Challenges in the Human environment" (urban issues, resource management, the economic world) worth 35%. Paper 3 "geographical applications" (issue evaluation, fieldwork and skills) worth 30%. All pupils will do the same exams.

Curriculum Overview

Year 10
Year 11
Autumn Term

The Restless Earth

Population Change

Ice On the Land

Globalisation
Spring Term

Living World

Tourism
Controlled Assessment
Summer Term
Controlled Assessment

Revision & Exam technique


Staffing

Mr P Rimmer (Head of Geography)

Mrs J Rimmer