Geography

“Geography prepares for the world of work - geographers, with their skills of analysis, are highly employable!” (Michael Palin).

The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together,” (Barack Obama, Former President of the USA.)

Assessment

Formative assessment (on-going checking of learning from lesson-to-lesson).

  • Self and peer assessment and teacher feedback (oral and written).
  • Marking student response and improvement work, after feedback.

Summative assessment (end of topic summary test).

  • Extended written reports.
  • Research work and presentations.
  • Formal written test papers involving examination-style questions.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  1. Geographical skills

An introduction to geography and asking geographical questions about: continents and oceans, longitude and latitude, compass points, grid references, symbols distances and height.

  1. A day in the life

Topics include: Migration; shanty towns; the diamond trade, China’s ‘one child policy’; recycling and sustainability.

  1. Restless earth

Topics include: journey to the centre of the earth; plate tectonics; volcanoes and the effects of volcanoes; earthquake prediction and monitoring; tsunamis; hurricane enquiry and avalanches.

  1. Globalisation

An introduction to globalisation and development; measuring development; the development gap; trade; food miles; fair trade; transnational corporations (TNCS); sustainable tourism; how LICs (low income countries) benefit from aid.

 

  1. Water world

Topics include: the importance of water and the water cycle; waterfalls; where the river meets the sea; protecting the Caribbean Sea; your coastal zone (implementing a fieldwork project).

Year 8

  1. Wild weather

Topics include: weather/climate/microclimate; how weather is measured; drought, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.

  1. Geofactor

Topics include: the coldest (Antarctica); Extreme tourism; the hottest;  deserts; the highest (Mt Everest); the lowest (Mariana Trench); the dangerous; geography of conflict; the strangest (the moving rocks / earth as art /totem poles.

  1. Sustainability

The Greenhouse effect, global warming and its impacts, Energy Production – renewable and non-renewable energy, Sustainable power – is nuclear the answer for the UK, Sustainable planning – Masdar, Abu Dhabi, UK Eco towns, Assessment, Green Christmas

  1. Tourism

 What is tourism? What is a staycation? What happens when tourism isn’t controlled? Tourism in Thailand and Dubai; eco-tourism; space tourism.

  1. The Rio Olympics (changed to Russia)

Where is Brazil and what are its major regions? The Amazon Rainforest; rainforest adaption; Rio de Janeiro – inequalities; The 2010 World Cup; The Rio Olympics.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography (Years 9,10 and 11)

Assessment comprises three external examination papers at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 Living with the physical environment - Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of grade)

  1. The challenge of natural hazards:
  • Natural Hazards:
  • Tectonic Hazards.
  • Weather Hazards.
  • Climate Change.
  1. The Living world:
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests.
  • Hot Deserts or Cold environments.
  1. Physical landscapes in the U.K
  • The U.K physical landscapes. 
  • Coastal landscapes in the U.K.
  • River landscapes in the U.K.
  • Or glacial landscapes in the U.K.

Paper 2 Challenges in the human environment -Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of grade)

  1. Urban Issues and challenges
    • Global pattern or urban change and megacities.
    • Urban growth creates opportunities and challenges for cities in LICs and NEEs.
    • Overview of the distribution of population and the major cities in the UK.
    • Opportunities and Challenges in a U.K city.
    • Urban sustainability requires management of resources and transport.

 

  1. The changing of an economic world
    • There are global variations in economic development and quality of life.
    • Various strategies exist for reducing the global development gap.
    • Some LICs or NEEs are experiencing rapid economic development which leads to significant social, environmental and cultural change.
    • Major changes in the economy of the UK have affected and will continue to affect employment patterns and regional growth.

 

  1. The challenge of resource management:

One choice of study: food, water or energy. 

  • Demand for water resources is rising globally but supply can be insecure, which may lead to conflict.
  • Different strategies can be used to increase water supply.

Paper 3 Geographical Applications - Written Examination 1 hour 15 minutes (30% of grade)

  1. Issue evaluation

This section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure. The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding by looking at an issue(s) derived from the specification using secondary sources.

The issue(s) will arise from any aspect of the compulsory subject content, but may extend beyond it using resources in relation to specific unseen contexts. This section is synoptic, and the assessment will require students to use their learning of more than one of the themes in units 3.1 and 3.2 so that they can analyse a geographical issue at a range of scales, consider and select a possible option in relation to the issue(s) and justify their decision.

 

  1. A resource booklet will be available twelve weeks before the date of the exam so that students have the opportunity to work through the resources, enabling them to become familiar with the material. Students will not be allowed to take the original resource booklet into the exam room but will be issued with a clean copy in the exam. Sources could include maps at different scales, diagrams, graphs, statistics, photographs, satellite images, sketches, extracts from published materials, and quotes from different interest groups.

 

  1. Fieldwork

Students need to undertake two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. There should be a clear link between the geographical enquiries and the subject content.

The two enquiries must be carried out in contrasting environments and show an understanding of both physical and human geography. In at least one of the enquiries, students are expected to show an understanding of the interaction between physical and human geography.

Students will be expected to have an understanding of the following aspects of the process of geographical enquiry:

  1. Suitable question for geographical enquiry:
    1. Selecting, measuring and recording data appropriate to the chosen enquiries.
    2. Selecting appropriate ways of processing and presenting fieldwork data.
    3. Describing, analysing and explaining fieldwork data.
    4. Reaching conclusions.
    5. Evaluation of geographical enquiry.

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