Geography

Curriculum Leader: Ms C Leeke

 

Fortnightly Lessons:
3 lessons

 

Yr 7 topics

UK

Map Skills

Polar environments

Weather hazards

Global biomes (particular reference to deserts)

Global development (particular reference to India and China

 

Yr 8

Global urbanising trends

Coasts

Plate tectonics

Rivers

Climate change

Energy

Useful Resources:
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_europe_G2_drag-drop.html
http://www.omniglot.com/countries/europe.htm
https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

Students study the Edexcel B syllabus. The course comprises of three main themes –Global issues, UK’s Geographical issues and People and the Biosphere. A range of topics are covered in each theme; Global issues: hazards including tectonic landscapes, tropical cyclones and climate change. The UK’s geographical issues: which is divided into the physical environment including geology, coastal landscapes and river landscapes; and human environment – population change, settlement change and economic change. People and the biosphere: the global biomes and the goods and services that they provide, forests under threat and energy extraction and consumption. Students are expected to carry out fieldwork to develop their skills in collecting and presenting data, analysing trends and drawing conclusions. They visit two locations to carry out field work. This trips are designed to prepare students for unit 2; they will be required to answer questions in the exam paper on the fieldwork that they have carried out. Students are assessed by three exams (one on each theme).

Homework is set termly; mostly using Doddle (an online website) . Assessments take place regularly within lessons and each topic is assessed by a recent exam question (these assessments do not count towards a student’s final grade) but they aim to improve the students’ skills and exam technique. KS 4 Revision Guides Edexcel: GCSE Geography Specification B

Students will study either AS or A2 OCR Geography. The course will encourage them to ask questions – What? Where? How? Why? and to develop a wide range of cartographic, graphical, statistical and research skills. It gives them the opportunity to explore environments and global issues whilst developing essential life skills in effective communication and team work. There is one class in each of Y12 and Y13. There are four units, two units are taken in Year 12 and the remaining two are taken in Year 13.

The modules covered in Year 12 are as follows: Physical systems, this unit studies landscape systems – Glaciated landscapes and the earth’s support systems – the water cycle and the carbon cycle. Human interactions, this unit studies changing places making spaces and global connections.

The modules covered in Year 13 are a follows Geographical debates, where students build on their knowledge and understanding of physical processes and their influence on the environment and people by studying a further two topics; 1. Disease dilemmas. 2.hazardous earth. The fourth module is an independent geographical study. The unit is designed to assess the students’ ability to use a range of skills and techniques that are used in fieldwork, by complete a piece of coursework of between 3,000 to 4,000 words. The other three units are assessed by a written examination at the end of year 13.

Students with AS or A’ Level Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. They learn to use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value. Geography combines well with almost all other AS and A’ Level subjects. Taken with sciences such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like engineering, environmental sciences, oceanography and geology. Taken with humanities like English, French, History, or economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as economics, law, media and politics. On its own, Geography has great value as a degree course, offering many skills to employers.