What is the Department Vision?

Success for everyone in Geography

KS3

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

Year 8

My World:Introduction to Geography

My Favourite Place

Changing World:

Skatepark Project

Settlement and Migration

Active World:

Plate Tectonics

Geography of Sport

Living World:

Map Sills

Weather

Amazing World:Ecosystems

Rainforests

Oceans

Polar

Deserts

Diverse World:

China

Paradise Lost

Australia

Brazil

 

What equipment will my child need?
Pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, glue stick, scissors, coloured pencils, calculator.

How can I support my child through KS3 Geography?
Homework will be set regularly. Regularly checking your child’s homework and offering advice on improvements will be of valuable assistance, discussion and extra research of topical geographical issues through watching the news reading newspapers and looking at news websites.

Holidays taken abroad and in the UK offer ample opportunities for Geography through looking at landscapes and geographical features as well as studying different cultures.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Geography?
Students will be continually assessed through Key Stage 3 in Geography in order to help them understand how they can improve.
In addition to these assessment for learning activities your child will also complete formally assessed pieces of work throughout the year, usually one assessment during each topic, which will be marked according to the National Curriculum criteria. 

KS4

What exam board do we use?
AQA A Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030

How is the course assessed?
75% examination (Paper 1: Physical Geography; Paper 2: Human Geography) and 25% controlled assessment.

How long are the examinations?
2 x 1 ½ hour exams

Are there controlled assessments?
A river study to a local river, worth 25% of the GCSE.

What is covered on the course?
Unit 1: Restless Earth, Water on the Land, The Coastal Zone. Unit 2: Population Change, The Development Gap and Tourism.

What websites would you recommend?
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030
http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

What equipment will my child need?
Pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, glue stick, scissors, coloured pencils, calculator.

How can I support my child through KS4 Geography?
Homework will be set regularly. Regularly checking your child’s homework and offering advice on improvements will be of valuable assistance, discussion and extra research of topical geographical issues through watching the news reading newspapers and looking at news websites.
Holidays taken abroad and in the UK offer ample opportunities for Geography through looking at landscapes and geographical features as well as studying different cultures.

How will my child be assessed in KS4 Geography?
Students will be continually assessed through Key Stage 4 in Geography in order to help them understand how they can improve. Students will also sit an end of unit test after each unit is taught.

KS5

What exam board do we use?

AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/a-level/geography-2030

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1: 70% of AS marks (35% of A2) – exam

Unit 2: 30% of AS mark (15% of A2) – exam based on fieldwork

Unit 3: 30% of mark – exam

Unit 4B:20% of mark – exam based on prerelease material

How long are the examinations?

Unit 1 – GEOG1
Physical and Human Geography

70% of AS – 35% of A Level
2 hour written examination – 120 marks

Structured short and extended questions

Unit 2 – GEOG2
Geographical Skills

30% of AS – 15% of A Level
1 hour written examination – 50 marks

Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions

Unit 3 – GEOG3
Contemporary Geographical Issues

30% of A Level
2 hour 30 minutes written examination – 90 marks

Structured short and extended questions, plus an essay

Unit 4 – GEOG4B Geographical Issue Evaluation

20% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination – 60 marks

GEOG4B – structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet, released on 22nd March for June examinations.

Are there controlled assessments?
There is no coursework at either AS or A2 Geography. However, both Unit 2 (at AS) and Unit 4B (at A2) require fieldwork to have been completed and the students will be examined on their fieldwork techniques and geographical skills.

What is covered on the course?

Unit 1: Physical & Human Geography Rivers, floods and management (Physical) Coastal Environments (Physical) Population changes (Human) Energy Issues (Human)

Unit 2: Geographical skills – a geographical paper based on the content of Unit 1

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues Plate tectonics and associated hazards (Physical) Weather and Climate (Physical) World cities (Human) Development and Globalisation (Human)

Unit 4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation This unit gives candidates the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. They are provided with the advanced information booklet to facilitate research into an area which extends from the specification content.

Where would we suggest visiting?

Holidays taken abroad and in the UK offer ample opportunities for Geography through looking at landscapes and geographical features as well as studying different cultures.

What websites would you recommend?
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/a-level/geography-2030
http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/AQA%20A%20level.htm
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/geography

What equipment will my child need? Pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, glue stick, scissors, coloured pencils, calculator.

How can I support my child through KS5 Geography?
Homework will be set regularly.
At A Level it is expected that students are independent in their learning and take responsibility for their own learning.
Regularly checking your child’s homework and offering advice on improvements will be of valuable assistance, discussion and extra research of topical geographical issues through watching the news reading newspapers and looking at news websites.
Holidays taken abroad and in the UK offer ample opportunities for Geography through looking at landscapes and geographical features as well as studying different cultures.

How will my child be assessed in KS5 Geography?
The A2 course builds on the skills and knowledge gained at AS.
Most students continue with Geography through to A2.
The focus is on a broader and deeper understanding of the contemporary geographical issues as well as developing their ability to synthesize geographical information in various forms and from various sources.
Students will be continually assessed through Key Stage 5 in Geography in order to help them understand how they can improve. Throughout the year, lessons are focused around essay questions to prepare students for their exam and students will have a mock exam in December and then a practice paper at the end of the course.