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Geography

Throughout their time studying Geography students will learn about a variety of topics from tectonics to rivers, ecosystems to tourism and everything in between!

All modules centre around enquiry questions; providing opportunities to be independent learners and support progress.

Key Stage 3 Geography

Students follow the curriculum under the themes of Changing World, Dangerous World and Threatened World. The themes each involve the development of knowledge and skill across the years. Each topic sets our enquiry based questions providing students with the opportunity to develop key thinking and learning skills

Autumn

Year 7 – Settlement: How have settlements grown? Why do people live in cities? Migration: How and why do people move? What would it feel like to have to flee your home?

Year 8 – Population: Why is the world’s population expanding? What is China like? How does it manage its population?

Year 9 – Development: How and why are countries interlinked? How can Fair Trade make a difference? How can trade be ethical?

Spring

Year 7 – Cold deserts: Why are there threats to the environment? Why are the Polar Regions so important? How can we protect the Polar Regions? World Resources: What are resources? Where are they? How are they at risk? Year 8 – Tropical Rainforest: Why and how are the worlds vegetation’s different? Why are the tropical rainforest so unique? How far would you go for your beliefs? Does global warming really exist? Global Warming: Fact or fiction? How can this we solved?

  • Hot deserts: Why are there threats to the environment? Why are the hot deserts so important? How can we manage the challenges of living in hot deserts?

Year 9 – Rivers: How does a rive shape the land? How does a river threaten people and property? Coasts: How does the coast erode the land? How do we defend the land from the sea?

Summer

Year 7 – Weather: How is the weather formed? How does the weather influence human activity?

Year 8 – Tectonic Plates: How do tectonic forces shape the world? How do volcanoes and earthquake influence human life?

Year 9 – Coasts: How does the sea erode the coastline? How can we manage the risk of coastal flooding?

KEY STAGE 4

Geography is a popular choice at GCSE and students follow the AQA GCSE Geography Specification syllabus; which covers three exam papers, one on physical geography, one on human geography and the third on geographical skills and fieldwork techniques.

As part of the course, students undertake a fieldtrip, thereby following our enquiry focused approach to learning.

This course will develop a student’s understanding of the following areas:

  • Current issues, that both people and the environment, face, at a local, national and international scale
  • Global challenges and how these can be managed and mitigated sustainably.
  • Values and attitudes to the environment and how people interact with and respond to it.
  • Preparation for understanding the world in which they are going to live and work.
  • Understanding the role as a global citizen and raise awareness of their responsibility to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
  • Research, analytical and presentation skills

 

Learning will be assessed by:


Paper 1: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Living with the Challenges Physical Environment: The Challenges of Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK and The Living World: 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPGST)) 35% of the GCSE

Paper 2: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Living with the Challenges Human Environment: Urban issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management: 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPGST)) 35% of the GCSE.

Paper 3. Written exam: 1 hour

Geographical skills and Application and Evaluation of issues, fieldwork Investigation. 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPAGT) 30% of the GCSE.