Geography

Curriculum Leader: Mrs Susan C Burns

Year 8 

A summary of the course, its content and key purposes:

 

The course for year 8 and 9 are changing due to KS3 changes

 

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

 

Term 1:- Fantastic places: – Build in a sense of aww and wonder Identification, locational and geographic communication skills.

Geography of my stuff: – Where do our belongings come from, child labor and the involvement of MEDC’s, how shopping has changed over time, out of town shopping centres and shopping on the internet.

Term 2:- India :-( Links back with the last area of study) Location, key features and environments, GIS, Tackling misconceptions and India’s future.

Weather and climate: – Differences, How rain is formed, influences on our climate, Weather forecasting,

Ecosystems: – Main types, mapping, Tropical rain forests, man’s influence on these.

Term 3:- Rivers and flooding: – Land forms of a river, why places flood, what we can to prevent or reduce flooding. (Visit to Clapham caves to work on Limestone features and river work)

Middle East: – (to be planned)

 

How pupils are to be assessed:

Every half term the students are assessed on the work they have covered using a range of AFL, extended writing on the area of study, exam questions and GCSE style controlled assessment. Students are encouraged to reflect after every assessment and to make the improvements that are necessary to make progress.

 

Throughout the lessons students are encouraged to discuss their ideas within groups and on a whole class basis. As a department we promote tolerance and respect of all pupils and their beliefs or points-of-view within the class room. 

 

 

Year 9

The year 9 course is aimed at giving the students an insight to many of the areas of study covered at GCSE level and the new KS3 curriculum

 

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

The course for 9 is in the process of changing due to KS3 changes

 

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

Term 1:- Glaciation: – Build in a sense of aww and wonder. How Glaciated land forms are formed, erosional and depositional, Uses of Glaciated areas. (Visit to Cwm Idwal for the students to experience these landforms)

Tectonics:-Earthquakes, volcanoes and Tsunamis, location, causes, effects, preparation and what man can learn from these natural hazards.

Term 2:- Tourism: – In the UK and the world, why there has been an increase, positive and negative effects of tourism, adventure, extreme and Eco- tourism.

China and Asia: – Location, key features and environments, Tackling misconceptions, one child policy and China’s future.

Term 3:- Urbanization: – Development of settlements through time, Urbanisation around the world, push and pull factors, life in the slums, making cities sustainable.

Population: – Why the population is increasing, graph and mapping of population, impact on the planet, what the future holds

 

How pupils are to be assessed:

Every half term the students are assessed on the work they have covered using a range of AFL, extended writing on the area of study, exam questions and GCSE style controlled assessment. Students are encouraged to reflect after every assessment and to make the improvements that are necessary to make progress.

Throughout the lessons students are encouraged to discuss their ideas within groups and on a whole class basis. As a department we promote tolerance and respect of all pupils and their beliefs or points-of-view within the class room. 

 

KS4

Levels of Qualification

GCSE grades A* – G (Higher paper A*- E; Foundation paper C – G)

Course Description

Geography is  a  dynamic subject  and  the  course  focus  is  on  changes  in  geographical features and landforms and changes in urban and economic sectors.

The course aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of places and environments.

The focus aims to study of key ideas based around two themes

Physical Geography:

Topics will consist of: The Coastal Zone (natural coastal processes and management),

Water on the land (rivers and flooding) and the Restless Earth

(Earthquakes and volcanoes).

Human Geography:

Topics will consist of: Tourism (managing landscapes and visitors across the globe), Changing Urban  Environments  (life  in  the towns and cities in the world today), and Globalisation (the interdependence of countries around the world for products and development).

Students develop a sense of place and an appreciation of the attitudes and values of decision makers in the world in which we live. Awareness of the interaction of people and their environments is a key area of study. Geography enables students to develop an understanding of the world and the people who live in it.

Knowledge and Skills

Students acquire and apply appropriate skills and techniques including map work, fieldwork, literacy and numeracy, graphical skills, enquiry skills and the use of ICT skills.

Knowledge of places and themes are gained through a range of local, regional, national, international and global scales.

Investigative and communication skills are developed through Geographical Enquiry.

Assessment

Final GCSE grading is achieved through

ï        External examination (75%) based on two examinations –

ï        Paper 1 physical geography( Taken in year 11)

ï        Paper 2 human geography (Taken in year 11)

ï        A Geographical  Enquiry (25%)  which  involves  tasks  undertaken  in class  as  a controlled assessment. (Undertaken in year 10/11)

Controlled assessment (20 Hours)

The controlled assessment takes the form of a Geographical Enquiry worth 25% of the final marks. This involves a hypothesis testing study which is linked to an enquiry question set by the examination board. (These change every year)

The fieldwork tasks must be outlined and the results analysed and written up as a controlled assessment.

Homework

The exam syllabus relies on students undertaking private study at home which may be in the form of research, note making, coursework preparation or answering past examination questions.

Progress Routes

Pupils may follow courses at Advanced Level in Geography or move to NVQ courses such as Leisure and Tourism.

At the higher level of education Universities offer a wide variety of degree courses in Geography as an arts, science or social science subject. There are many linked subjects as varied as Oceanography and Town Planning.

Geography offers a background to a wide range of careers including travel and tourism, the leisure industry, town planning, nature conservancy, transport and communications to name but a few.

If you require more information please contact Mrs Burns or Mrs Rigby.