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Geography

Course description 

Geography allows a student to understand the planet in a way that clarifies various global political issues and to see the relationship between people, groups and the physical environment in which they live.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7, 8 & 9

Geography lessons build the skills required for GCSE, and begin to develop the knowledge and techniques they will use beyond the classroom.

Year 7

  • Earth's story
  • Maps and mapping
  • The UK
  • India & globilisation
  • Rivers and coasts
  • Africa

Year 8

  • Restless Earth
  • China & Industry
  • Our warming planet
  • Russia & living in a cold climate
  • Earth's natural resources

Year 9

  • Middle East - developing the desert
  • Earning a living
  • Geology of the UK
  • International development
  • Urbanisation

Assessing Progress

Students are assessed at least every half term through a variety of tasks and an end of unit test.

Key Stage 4 

Year 10 & 11

GCSE Course Title:  Geography
Examination Board:  AQA

Assessment:
Paper 1  Living with the physical environment           
1 hour 30min
Paper 2   Challenges in the human environment                  
1 hour 30min
Paper 3   Geographical applications                
1 hour 15 min

Content:
Paper 1: Natural hazards; extreme weather; ecosystems; and physical landscapes of the UK.
Paper 2: Urbanisation; measuring development; resource management; global demand for water; and global demand for energy.
Paper 3: Geographical skills – fieldwork and issue evaluation.

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 10 and 11 at least half termly and take the form of tests and practise examinations.  There will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 in year 11.

Homework

There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip.

Safeguarding

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills. The opportunity to undertake fieldwork on a local level is essential for the GCSE, correct procedures will be followed and the safety of students at the forefront of planning.

Equipment

All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.  In addition for Geography it would be useful to have colouring pencils.

Career Opportunities

Anything you want to be…weather forecaster, emergency development planner, cartographer. More importantly Geography will help you to understand the land around you, help you to get from A to B and give you a better understanding of the people you share the world with.