Curriculum - Geography

Our aim in the department is to highlight the ‘awe and wonder ‘of Geography.  We regard Geography as an enquiry subject and so we aim to ask key questions and develop the skills needed to carry out Geographical investigations.  We identify issues and discuss how these can be managed. By the end of Year 9 students have had the opportunity to study a range of current issues that are pertinent to their lives, now and in the future. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles and encourage individual learning through a range a KS3 projects which aim to encourage and develop research and decision making skills.

 

We also aim to inspire and support learning outside the classroom by using the school grounds to develop fieldwork skills at KS3 and  by offering a trip to the National Forest. At GCSE we travel further afield to Dovedale and the Yorkshire Coast. Our ‘A’ level field visits include Birmingham, the Dorset Coast and a bi-annual trip to Iceland.

 

The Department

Mr Walters

Subject Leader

Ms Murfin

Mr Shields

Mr Rock

KS3 Geography

Year 7

The Wonderful World of Geography

What are Places like?

River Landscapes

Flooding Hazards

Where do people live?

How do we find our way in Geography?

 

Year 8

Earthquake Hazards

Ecosystems and Tropical Rain Forests

Coastal landscapes

The Challenges of living in deserts

Enquiry - How can the School Environment be improved?

Environmental Issues and Conservation

 

Year 9

Extreme Weather

Volcanic Hazards and their management

Resources and Sustainability

The Challenges of Global Warming

Enquiry – What are Microclimates?

Enquiry – own choice

Geographical skills revisited

GCSE Geography

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in Geography Specification A consists of three externally examined papers. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.  The course is split equally between human geography (the way people affect and interact with the planet) and physical geography (the natural forces shape our world).

 

Paper 1: The Physical Environment (Paper 1 code: 1GA0/01)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

37.5% of the qualification

94 marks

 

Content overview

• Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK – including sub-topics of:

• 1A: Coastal landscapes and processes and

• 1B: River landscapes and processes

• Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change

• Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management

 

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written exam with three 30-mark sections. Of the 94 raw marks available, up to 4 marks are awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology.

 

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and 8-mark extended writing questions.

 

Paper 2: The Human Environment (Paper 2 code: 1GA0/02)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

37.5% of the qualification

94 marks

 

Content overview

• Topic 4: Changing cities

• Topic 5: Global development

• Topic 6: Resource management – including the sub-topic Energy resource management

 

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written exam with three 30-mark sections. Of the 94 raw marks available, up to 4 marks are awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology.

 

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and 8-mark extended writing questions.

 

Paper 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges (Paper 3 code: 1GA0/03)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

25% of the qualification

64 marks

 

Content overview

• Topic 7: Geographical investigations – fieldwork

•  Topic 8: Geographical investigations − UK challenges

 

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written exam with three sections. Of the 64 raw marks available, up to 4 marks are awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology.

 

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations, 8-mark and 12-mark extended writing questions.

 

 

 

A-Level Geography

Students follow Edexcel Specification at A Level which consists of three externally examined papers and one coursework component. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year. Edexcel Geography is a qualification that enables students to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway.

 

Paper 1: Physical Geography (Paper code: 9GE0/01)

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification

105 marks

 

Content overview

• Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

• Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including the sub-topic

o 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change

• Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

• Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

 

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

Paper 2: Human Geography (Paper code: 9GE0/02)

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification

105 marks

 

Content overview

• Topic 3: Globalisation

• Topic 4: Shaping Places – including the sub-topic

o 4A: Regenerating Places

• Topic 7: Superpowers

• Topic 8: Global Development and Connections – including the sub-topic

o 8B Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

 

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

Paper 3: Synoptic (*Paper code: 9GE0/03)

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes

20% of the qualification

70 marks

 

Content overview

The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

• Players

• Attitudes and actions

• Futures and uncertainties.

 

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

 

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue.

Sections A, B and C all draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

Coursework: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)

Non-examined assessment

20% of the qualification

70 marks

 

Content overview

• The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification

• The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data

• The fieldwork, which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation, may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human

• The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing

• Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular environment and/or location.

 

Assessment overview

• The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.

• The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words

 

 

Long Term Plan

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Long Term Plans for Geography can be downloaded here.