Faculty Leader: Mrs M Rodgers
Teachers: Mrs M Rodgers, Ms E Maple & Miss N Vasilovici
Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that? Michael Palin
Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:
Geography is the study of our world, all of its beauty, its wonders and its problems. Geography allows us to understand how our world exists, how it changes, how we affect it and what we can do to keep our planet safe. We also can examine what challenges we face due to the activity of humans and how we struggle to face those challenges.
Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Geography is studied in two lessons a week. Students study particular countries such as China, Brazil, India and Russia, as well as focusing on the physical and human features of the United Kingdom. Students will examine what processes affect our landscape and how it changes over time, as well as how human activity has shaped our country and how our settlements and population changes. Pupils also study contemporary issues such as the response to international disasters, migration, and energy supply.
Assessment Method - Key Stage 3
Each half term, students will study a different unit of work and are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of that particular unit. Students’ progress is then tracked through a combination of their end of unit assessments, and their classwork and verbal contribution in class.
Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4 Exam Board: Edexcel Specification A
At GCSE level, students study Geography in 3 lessons a week, one single lesson and one double lesson. Students are expected to study the human geography topics of tourism, population, settlement and economics, and also the physical topics of coasts, rivers, tectonics and water usage. As well as these units, students are also assessed on their knowledge and understanding of climate change and sustainability. Students must also demonstrate a high level of ability with map skills such as grid references. These units comprise 75% of the final grade.
During one of these units of work, students will also undertake a controlled assessment based on a field trip. This comprises the other 25% of the students’ final grade.
Assessment Method - Key Stage 4
Within class time, students are assessed each unit using past exam paper questions and grade boundaries to track students’ progress and proficiency with each unit. This is then used to guide intervention based on student’s individual needs within each unit.
At the end of the two year course, students will sit 3 exams; one on map skills, climate change and sustainability, one on physical geography and one on human geography. Each exam is worth 25% of the final grade.
The students will also produce a project based on a field trip which will include planning, collecting data, presenting data, analysis and evaluation. This project will be marked by the class teacher and then externally moderated. This controlled assessment project, which must be completed in class time and under the supervision of the class teacher, is worth 25% of the final grade.
Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:
The Geography department runs field trips, both within the UK and abroad, jointly with other school departments. All trips are voluntary, but highly recommended, with the exception of the controlled assessment field trip which is compulsory for all GCSE Geography students.
After school revision and catch-up sessions are also run to help support the learning and progress of the students.
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