Geography

Intent

Commitment to continuous improvement

Our students develop confidence and resilience through:

  • Learning about other countries, places, cultures and beliefs, as well as their own which in turn develops meaning and a sense of place in the world.
  • Engaging in lessons which help them to overcome the perceived inward-looking nature of life in small rural towns.

Acknowledgement of efforts and achievements
We help students achieve highly at KS3, KS4 and beyond by:

  • Broadening their horizons through fieldwork opportunities to see Geography in action.
  • Preparing them thoroughly for their external and internal examinations through Pre-Public Examinations and regular practice of exam questions in lessons and for home learning.
  • Using extensive retrieval practice and low stakes testing to ensure knowledge is embedded and develops into richer, long term cognitive schema.

Respect for others and the environment
We create students who:

  • Have a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and the challenges that we are currently facing as a planet whilst charting a more sustainable future.
  • Are equipped with knowledge about diverse people and places to help build mutual respect and tolerance towards others.


Excellence in all that we do
We raise the aspirations and ambition of our students by:

  • Experiencing success and progress through assessments of knowledge, understanding and skills developed through a broad and balanced curriculum

KS3 

The programmes of study aim to provide opportunities for children to develop their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of learning activities. Our Geography course is all about understanding that the planet is living and breathing, so things are always changing. That the planet’s physical and human processes follow often patterns and that humans both damage and protect the planet. We also start to explore different perspectives on global issues as this is crucial when learning about the planet. To aid student’s practical experiences of the subject we include fieldwork topics which involve local investigations as part of their homework.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 World Skills Water Cycle and Rivers Cold Environments UK Economy Energy and Climate Change Tourism
Year 8 Development Climate and Weather Resources (Food/Plastic) Globaslisation Soils Enquiry Water as a Resource
Year 9 Natural Hazards Tropical Rainforests Population Settlement Enquiry Coastal Landscapes (GCSE) Fashion

KS3 Resources

KS4 (GCSE)

The geographical knowledge students have been taught during KS3 will be built upon; the GCSE will give them new challenges and the opportunity to develop more advanced skills.

In Physical Geography we will be learning about the major forces which have shaped the world we live in, such as coasts, rivers and plate tectonics. Other topics include our changing weather hazards, climate change, rainforest ecosystems and human interactions in cold environments.

In Human Geography we will be exploring how cities and societies vary around the world. Other topics we explore include the changes in our economic development, employment patterns and how humans manage resources such as water.

There will also be two fieldwork opportunities where students improve their geographical enquiry skills. We visit Norwich to see how the urban structure changes from the edge of the city to the centre. We also visit the North Norfolk Coast to see how our coastal landscapes vary and for what reasons.

After Easter in Year 11 students will provided with a “Pre-release Booklet” from the exam board. This is an unseen booklet which will delve deeper into a topic which students will have been taught during the course. It gives all students the opportunity to debate, and create judgements about, a topical recent news story; combining all their knowledge and understanding from the whole course.

GCSE Geography

Specification:

AQA Geography (8035)

Assessment Weighting

100% Exam 0% Coursework

Exam 1: Living with the physical environment – 35%

Exam 2: Challenges in the human environment – 35%

Exam 3: Geographical applications – 30%

SoW and Sequence

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Resource Management Global Development Gap Urban Issues and Challenges and Urban Enquiry Challenge of Natural Hazards Nigeria: NEE Study
Year 11 Changing UK Economy River Landscapes The Living World Coastal Enquiry Coastal Enquiry

Further Education/Job Destinations:

Geography will support the study of sciences, especially health and social sciences, like Biology, Sociology and Psychology. Geography is a facilitating subject, which means that it can be useful or a whole range of further education courses and will help you keep your options open.
Potential further education courses include;

  • A-Levels
  • Apprenticeships
    • Surveying
    • Horticulture
    • Agriculture
    • Land based engineering
  • BTECs
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Environmental conservation

Employers love the mix of technical and social skills people get from studying geography, which they see as very transferable, i.e. useful for a whole range of jobs.

Prospects include, but are not limited to:

  • Specialist careers in Geography:
    • Aid agencies, charities, Diplomatic Service, British Council
    • Environmental consultancy for a TNC, National Trust
    • Hydrologists, civil engineering, British Antarctic Survey
    • Cartographers, GIS- Geographical Information Systems including satellite imagery
  • Non-specialist careers:
    • Advertising
    • PR
    • Law
    • Accountancy
    • Public Services
Careers in Geography

Homework

Students are encouraged to take a close interest in events on the news and/or documentaries of geographical significance. Homework may involve research, written short or extended questions, preparation for a presentation or extended tasks such as those for coursework. Work will often involve ICT either for research or for writing up.

  • KS3: 1 piece per fortnight, 30min
  • KS4: 1 piece per fortnight, 1hr
  • KS5: 1 piece per week, 1hr, per teacher

Revision Resources/Textbooks

The Geography department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended.

GCSE Geography AQA Student Book
Simon Ross
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198366614

Geography Textbook

Geography AQA Revision Guide
Bob Digby
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0198423461

Geography Revision Guide

Geography AQA Exam Practice
Bob Digby
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0198423485

Geography Exam Practice

Geography AQA Fieldwork
Bob Digby
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0198426622

Fieldword Book

Geography AQA Complete Revision & Practice
CGP
CGP
ISBN: 978-0198426622

Geography Complete Revision Guide

Geography AQA Revision Question Cards
CGP
CGP
ISBN: 978-1789082784

Geography Flashcards

KS5 (A-Level

We offer Geography A-Level at our Sixth Form. For more information, visit our Sixth Form Site

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