Geography KS3-5

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

The department has prepared challenging work and activities for Key Stage 3 including a range of differentiated tasks and supplemented by ICT and other additional resources.

 

In Year 7, we introduce students to a range of mapping skills. In the Autumn Term we investigate environmental issues within the school environment and local area, evaluating how we can improve areas and the likely impacts such changes will have on different groups of people. In the spring term students learn about the physical process relating to rivers formations and associated landforms as well as the consequences of local and large scale flooding.  Students are required to research their own flooding event and inform the class about the causes and consequences of the flood in the form of a presentation. In the summer term student’s focus on Britain as they discover the rich diversity of our many of our great cities and what truly makes Britain Great!

 

In Year 8, we start off the year by looking at coastal processes followed by global warming. This is a good opportunity for students to study consequences at both a local and global level as well as allowing them to see the wider influences people have on the world. In the spring term students learn about the different types of crime and where they are most likely to occur. This is a reflective topic which involves students mapping particular crimes using data from official website such the www.metpolice.co.uk. In the second half of the spring term, students will progress on to looking at the Weather and Climate and the reasons for such climatic differences all around the globe. The following summer term requires students work on their Brazilian Favela project that teaches them about the variations in people quality of life and how often rich and poor people live side by side in fascinating and exciting countries such as Brazil. Links with earlier topics such as crime are drawn and so students can see the truly synoptic nature of the subject. Towards the end of the summer term students will complete their second school geography examination.

 

In Year 9, Geography takes on a more global perspective. The year starts off with students mapping the distribution of global earthquakes and volcanoes before they dive in to the reasons and processes that give rise to these natural hazards. Natural environments is also studied which adds to the global perspective students are encourages to hold, we look at contrasting environments and the range of animals and plates that exist in them. In the spring term we ask students to prepare a presentation of a tourist destination with the specific aim of attracting the peers to want to visit. This links nicely to some of the creative writing/ speech writing that overlaps with the English department. Towards the end of this term students learn about the life changes consequences global trade can pay to people at the bottom of the supply change e.g. farmers who are often exploited and not paid much. Students will discover about the positive effects Fairtrade can have on farmer’s lives and have a reflective option of what we can all do to improve the situation. Similarly yr 9 will also sit the 2nd and final geography examination of the year at the end of the summer term.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

The Geography GCSE (WJEC Spec B) aims to build on the topics covered in Years 7-9 as well as introducing a new development study. The course is split into 3 themes.

1. Challenges of living in a built environment.

2. Physical processes & relationships between people & the environment.

3. Uneven development & sustainable environments.

 

Unit 1 is assessed by a 1 hour paper. It is worth 30% of the total marks.

The paper consists of two compulsory questions from theme 1 & 2, each worth 30 marks.

Unit 2a is assessed by a 30 minute paper based on Theme 3.

Unit 2B is a 1 hour 30 minute paper. It is a problem solving paper and may assess knowledge and understanding of any part of the specification. Together Unit 2 makes up 45% of the total marks.

Controlled Assessment – A coursework unit of work based on a key question set by the exam board. Worth a total of 25%

 

Fieldwork Opportunities

At Key Stage 3, all pupils undertake fieldwork in the local area. In line with our curriculum, pupils are encouraged to develop their geographical understanding of local scale issues before progressing to more national and international issues. We also am to conduct enquires in the context of the school and look at things such as existing ecosystems in and around the school, as well as the actual redevelopment of the school site itself and the impact this has had on different groups of people.

At GCSE, our students travel to North Norfolk to take part in a crucial aspect of their GCSE Controlled assessment. We look at the unique coastal processes occurring along this lovely stretch of coastline as well as the human aspects relating to the many businesses and transport facilities that exist in this area. 

 

Future Opportunities

GCSE Geography opens up a wide range of possibilities for a career in the future. Many GCSE Geography students go on to study the subject at A level and degree level at university, whilst others use the skills they have developed to study Geology, Meteorology or various careers in scientific research and the civil service.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

At Key Stage 4 extra revision and coursework preparation sessions are held throughout the summer term. Revision days are also held during the Easter and half term holidays. Key stage 4 pupils also complete a field work day to collect data for their controlled assessment. In Key Stage 3 there are numerous field work opportunities both within and outside the local area.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

 

 

Key stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Geography is offered at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and Advanced (A2) Level. The course studied is AQA syllabus A.

In each unit of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

 

What does the course consist of?

Year 1 (AS level)

Unit 1&2

  • Rivers, floods and management
  • Global population change
  • Hot desert environments and their margins
  • Energy Issues
  • ICT: Graphical, cartographical and statistical skills
  • Research skills and the assessment of AS fieldwork 

Year 2 (A2 Level)

Unit 3&4

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Challenges facing ecosystems
  • Development and globilisation
  • Evaluation of a geographical issue

Entry Requirement:

Grade B at GCSE Geography

Grade B at English Language

Assessment:

The course is modular with two exams being sat at the end of Year 1 on units 1&2 and two exams being sat at the end of Year 2 on units 3&4. Fieldwork will take place in order to assist units 2 & 4.

Career Value:

Geography lends itself to a wide range of career paths including; advertising, banking, cartography, education, engineering, environmental management, journalism, law, meteorology, politics, retailing, tourism to name but a few.

Through Geography AS and A2 level you will acquire a range of transferable skills valued by universities and employers hence the wide range of career choices. These skills include; analysing, evaluating and interpreting evidence/organise, record and present information and ideas/argue persuasively and select appropriate routes to enquiry.