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Geography

Geography is a continuously evolving subject that involves us all. You will be learning about Geography all your life whether you realise it or not! Geography helps to give a greater awareness of day to day life at local, regional, national and world levels, emphasising the relationship between people and their environment.  It encourages people to become active citizens who care for their world and those living on it.

Key Stage 3

All Schemes of Work for Key Stage 3 have been changed or further developed to address both core geographical themes and modern relevant issues. Schemes of Work are regularly updated to keep students both interested and motivated.  In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability form groups.

At least once every term students are assessed using National Curriculum levels;  this comes in a variety of different formats so students are challenged in a different way every time. The task sheets and assessment mark scheme for the levelling assessments are shared with the students so they are clear on how to achieve success.

Books are regularly marked and teachers provide comments on how the work was successful and what students need to do to make further progress. 

Options – Making the right choice for your future

  • Geography is for students who are interested in current issues and want to have an understanding of the world in which they live.
  • Geography has strong links with other subjects such as Biology, Mathematics, History, English and Science.
  • Geography develops a range of scientific and analytical skills, including a more independent style of learning through lessons and students’ own research.

In Years 10 and 11, Geography is also one of the most popular optional subjects.  We organise a residential field trip to North Wales and make use of the local area to deliver Geography outside the classroom.

Geography is popular in Years 12 and 13;  it delivers relevant skills and contemporary knowledge in an ever-changing modern world.

Key Stage 4

Geography is a continuously evolving subject that involves us all.  It helps to give a greater awareness of day-to-day life at local, regional, national and world levels, emphasising the relationship between people and their environment.  It encourages people to become active citizens.

At Key Stage 4 Geography students are usually taught in mixed ability classes.  Geography GCSE students are taught the OCR B syllabus, and all students in the cohort are offered a residential trip - in the past this has been to North Wales.  Lessons and content are taught at Key Stage 4 reflecting both students’ interests and academic ability.  The following exam board website gives the content of the topics we study:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography-b-j385-from-2012/

Students are assessed using OCR B GCSE mark schemes.  Students study both human and physical topics.  At GCSE level students study content which naturally builds on their experiences at Key Stage 3.

The course is based on four units of content and allows for a flexible modular teaching approach including:

  • Human Geography topics, which are Population and Settlement and Economic Activities,
  • Physical Geography topics, which are Rivers and Coasts and Natural Hazards

These make up 50% of the course which is assessed at the end of Year 11 in the July exams.

The remaining 50% of the GCSE is made up of a controlled assessment which investigates one question that changes every year, and a Sustainable Decision Making Exercise Exam which introduces a scenario with several possible solutions to the students. Students then have to decide which of the options is in their view the best and justify why, using available evidence.  A controlled assessment is where work is done in class under varying degrees of control;  from normal class research to writing under exam conditions.

Key Stage 5

The Geography AS and A2 Level qualification follows the AQA exam board.  Details of the unit content and past exams are shown at:

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/humanities/geography_materials.php?id=10&prev=10

The Geography A-level course comprises four modules of study, two of which are studied to AS Level and the remaining two in Year 13 for A Level. The course structure and content is set out below:

The AS Level course comprises two taught units and a skills exam.

  • Unit GEOG1 is worth 60% of the AS;  understanding is evaluated through a terminal exam covering all topics taught.
  • Unit GEOG2 is worth 40% of the AS;  a Geographical Skill Investigation exam will test map, graph, fieldwork and statistical skills. Another part tests enquiry skills developed on the rivers fieldwork project.

The A2 Level course continues with the following modules.

  • Unit 3 is GEOG3, consisting of 4 topics;  understanding is evaluated through a terminal exam covering all topics taught.
  • Unit 4 is GEOG4B; Geographical Issue Evaluation.  Students must complete structured short and extended questions based on advanced information in the form of a booklet which will be on one of the topics covered.

We aim to have field trip opportunities for students to attend in each of the Key Stages.