Geography

Brief introduction




Meet the team

Overview of KS3

Overview of KS4

Quotes from students


Enrichment opportunities

Examples of outstanding work

Welcome to Geography, where students will gain an understanding of the many ways that the world has developed and changed over time, but also a greater understanding of the world we live in today. We will explore the world and improve our knowledge of current and past issues and develop analytical and evaluative skills. We will observe, research and draw conclusions. We will tackle misconceptions. Geography is a broad based academic subject which is well respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment.

The team consists of 1 full time teacher.
Other teachers also teach some elements of the course in years 7 and 8.

In years 7 and 8, we study topics that cover a basic knowledge of the world around us and its transformation

In year 9, we prepare students for GCSE 9-1 AQA


‘ I really enjoy learning about what different places around the world are like’
‘ it has taught me so many skills’

Students are invited to attend enrichment sessions after school. Field trips are part of the course and students have to attend 2 field trips to carry out investigations and produce a report on their findings. This year, there is a trip to Iceland at Easter. How exciting

Students have made fantastic models of volcanoes, landscapes and made some great displays too!

Overview of KS3

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Overview of KS4



KS4

(Years 9/10/11)

Overview

Theme 1

Theme 2

Theme 3

Living & the Physical Environment

Challenges in the Human Environment

Geographical Applications

 

 

Topics being  studied:

Section A:

The challenges of natural hazards

·         Tectonic

·         Weather

·         climate

Section A:

Urban issues and challenges

·         Case study – change and impact of growth, sustainability

 

Section A:

Issue evaluation

·         applying geography skills to analyse and evaluate a specific issue

 

 

Section B:

The living world

·           ecosystems

·           tropical rainforests

·           hot deserts

·           cold environments

Section B:

The changing economic world

·         Case study

 

Section B:

Fieldwork

2 enquiries where students will have to collect primary data and devise their own investigations and communicate their findings.

 

Section C:

Physical landscapes in the UK

·         UK physical landscapes

·         Coastal landscapes

·         River landscapes

·         Glacial landscapes

Section C:

The challenges of resources management

·         Food

·         Water

·         energy

 

 

Enrichment:

We offer enrichment sessions to exam classes in order to practise skills. There are also field trips which are a compulsory part of the course. There is also an opportunity to take part in trips organised by the humanities department, or, like this year to exotic destinations such as Iceland!

 

Our Resources:

It is vital that students learn a lot of factual information as well as develop their research, analytical and evaluations skills. A good level of English is required to well in longer answer questions so it is important to read.

We also recommend revision guides. We encourage our students to discuss current affairs and to be aware of what goes on in the world by following the news.

 

Course Organisation:

GCSE Grades 9-1

PAPER 1 – LIVING WITH THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

What is assessed?

3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards,

3.1.2 The living world,

3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK,

3.4 Geographical skills 

How it is assessed?

·         Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))

35% of GCSE.

Questions:

·         Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)

·         Section B: answer all questions (25 marks)

·         Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks)

·          

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

PAPER 2 – CHALLENGES IN THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

What is assessed?

3.2.1 Urban issues and challenges,

3.2.2 The changing economic world,

3.2.3 The challenge of resource management,

3.4 Geographical skills

How it is assessed?

·         Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)

35% of GCSE

Questions:

·         Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)

·         Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)

·         Section C: answer question 3 and one from questions 4, 5 or 6 (25 marks)

·          

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

PAPER 3 – GEOGRAPHICAL APPLICATIONS

What is assessed?

3.3.1 Issue evaluation,

3.3.2 Fieldwork,

3.4 Geographical skills

How it is assessed?

·          Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)

·         30% of GCSE

Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

Questions:

·         Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)

·         Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)

·          

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose