Geography

Teaching Staff and Responsibilities

Mr Cooper: Subject Leader for Geography

Ms Barr: Teacher of Geography

Ms Salter: Teacher of Key Stage 3 Geography and History

 

KS3 (Years 7-9)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS3?

At KS3, classes are taught in form groups (classes of 30-32) which are all mixed ability.

 

What are our aims at KS3?

  • We aim to develop a curiosity about the world and its physical and human traits.
  • By challenging thinking and encouraging investigation we aim to build knowledge and broaden perspectives.
  • By the end of key stage 3 we expect to have stimulated pupils’ interest in the human and physical landscapes and given them the tools to critically assess events and decisions taken by groups at different scales.
  • Pupils will reflect on topical environmental concerns and natural phenomena, be given opportunities to make decisions based on scenarios and factual case studies, develop an empathy with other communities
  • Pupils can carry out practical and investigative tasks outside the classroom and critically assess situations
  • We aim to encourage critical thinking, and proactive responses.
  • Above all the links between the social, political, environmental, economic and demographic worlds are reflected on and evaluated

 

How does this subject develop over KS3?

  • Over KS3, pupils will study Geographical themes in increasing detail and build on previously acquired knowledge, skills and concepts.
  • Pupils will develop the ability to produce extended written answers of increasing length, depth of knowledge, direction and structure over KS3.
  • In Year 7, pupils will learn to provide explanation and support their points. The art of comparison will be introduced and pupils will be encouraged to start showing the significance of decisions.
  • In Year 8, there will be greater focus on quality of explanation, analysis and argument. Pupils will learn how to provide a convincing argument and prioritise ideas.
  • In Year 9 pupils will learn how to critically evaluate evidence, show the significance of differences between places, analyse links between physical and human geography, see the complex interactions within and between places, use several geographical strands in their writing
  • Pupils will use geographical sources with increasing independence.

 

What will my daughter learn at KS3?

Year 7

After establishing the nature of Geography as a study of place, students investigate map reading, the UK, Glaciation, the Horn of Africa and Flooding. Students undertake field investigations regarding microclimate and environment.

 

Year 8

Students investigate Asia, China Global Warming, Urbanisation, Population Issues and Coastal Landscapes. Students undertake field investigations regarding urban issues.

 

Year 9

Students investigate Russia, the USA, Rocks and Soil, Earth’s Resources, Our Restless Planet, and Development Issues and ecosystems.  Students undertake field investigations regarding environmental pressure.

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/geography

 

 

KS4/GCSE (Years 10-11)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS4?

At KS4, classes are taught in option groups (classes of 15-25) which are all mixed ability.

 

Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?

AQA GCSE (9-1) Geography (8083).

Visit www.aqa.org.uk/8035 for the most up-to-date specification, resources, support and administration

 

What will my daughter learn at KS4?

Year 10

Paper 1:

  • Living with the Physical Environment
  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards: Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards, Climate Change,
  • The Living World: Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests, Hot Deserts
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK: Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes

Paper 3:

  • Geographical Application and Skills
  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Cartographic, Graphical and Statistical Skills

 

Year 11

Paper 2:

  • Challenges in the Human Environment
  • Urban Issues and Challenges: The Urban World, Urban change in the UK, Urban Sustainability
  • The Changing Economic World: The Development Gap, Nigeria, the UK
  • The Challenge of Resource Management: Resource Management, Water Management

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

https://www.senecalearning.com/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/geography/aqa

 

KS5/A Level (Y12-13)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS5?

At KS5, classes are taught in option groups (classes of 10-20) which are all mixed ability.

 

Which A Level specification do we prepare pupils for?

AQA A – LEVEL Geography (7037)

Visit www.aqa.org.uk/7037  for the most up-to-date specifications, resources, support and administration

 

What will your daughter learn at KS5?

Year 12

Unit 1

  • Physical Geography:
  • Water and Carbon, Coastal systems and landscapes, Hazards

Unit  2:

  • Human Geography:
  • Changing Places

 

Year 13

Unit 2:

  • Human Geography:
  • Global Systems and Governance, Contemporary Urban Environments

Year 12/13

Unit 3:

  • Pupils undertake 4 days fieldwork and then produce an investigation write up based on an individual aim
  • This unit is internally assessed by centres and externally moderated by AQA.

 

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

https://www.senecalearning.com/

 

Future pathways/careers

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/geography