Geography

We are a small team of young and enthusiastic teachers dedicated to teaching our students to investigate our world in more depth. Understanding which processes formed our world as we know it today and how we can interact to change the world for future generations. Engaging and thought-provoking lessons are delivered in two Geography themed classrooms. During their time with us, students will develop skills of Geographical enquiry, including cartographic skills. Geography is an extremely relevant subject in today’s world, where we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and recycling as much as possible to meet the Kyoto agreement and to ensure our world is more sustainable. We aim for students to achieve their full potential, and to encourage them to pursue careers using these gained skills and with an open mind.

  • Year 10
    • Practice a range of skills that will be used and sought after by future employers. Eg cartographic skills, graph analysis and problem solving, gained from KS3 curriculum.

    What the course includes:

    Paper 1: Living with the PHYSICAL environment:

    ALL to be completed. 1 hour 30 min exam – 35%

    • Challenge of Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes weather and climate change) • The living world (ecosystems; rainforests and deserts)
    • Physical landscapes in the UK (rivers, coasts, glacial landscapes)
    • Geographical skills (maps, graphs etc)

    Paper 2: Challenges of the HUMAN environment: ALL to be completed. 1 hour 30 min exam – 35%

    • Urban issues and challenges: comparing rich and poor countries and the global

    development gap linked with aid.

    • Resource management: food, water and energy and how to become more sustainable.

    Paper 3: Application of skills and student enquiry 1 hour 15 min exam – 30%

    • Section A) Pre released booklets to practise on, remember and complete exact same

    booklet in exam. Evaluations and hypothesis of an investigation related to any topic

    from paper 1&2.

    • Section B) write up an investigation of two contrasting places interacting with the

    physical environment. EG impacts of humans on rural and urban areas. “Geography holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin (TV presenter)

    How is the new course different from the old GCSE?

    • No coursework or controlled assessment
    • There is more content but less case studies

    All content is assessed by terminal examinations.

    • Regular and on-going learning and revision is required to ensure that students make at

    least good progress throughout the GCSE course and leave with excellent GCSE results.

    How we will assess progress?

    • In lesson assessment including questioning, mini tests, written work • Regular end of topic tests
    • Homework will be based on what we have learnt and will require application of skills and investigative research to aid understanding in the next lesson. I.E essential it is completed.
    • Mock exams

    What homework can be expected?

    At least two pieces of homework will be set for Geography each week – this may consist of one or more of the following:

    • Regular revision activities
    • SAM Learning
    • Activities involving Kerboodle (online textbook available)
    • Practice exam questions
    • Research tasks
  • Year 11

    All students are preparing for terminal GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

    Completion of the above spec and exam techniques practice.