Key Stage 3
After exploring a definition of what geography is, our first focus is to look at Tropical Rainforests. This instils sense of awe and wonder and helps pupils develop the realisation that our actions here can have impact on others around the world.
We then move on to study the UK. This includes locating important places, our climate, the work we do and the changes taking place in our nation.
The next unit is weather and climate and this includes looking at extreme events such as tropical storms, tornadoes and flooding. This unit develops knowledge on a local and global scale.
From a physical geography focus we move on to study urban areas. The again has both a local and a global focus. We look at our local area of Nottingham and then go on to look a megacities and the issues facing them. This allows us to introduce the concept of global inequality and develop an empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves.
The final topic in year 7 is extreme environments. This shifts our focus to looking at the poles and major deserts of the world. Students will not only learn about the physical characteristics but also the people who live there.
The first part of year 8 is spent examining some aspects of physical geography, beginning with a look at the causes and consequences of tectonic hazards.
Our focus then turns to the human geography topic of population. Here we look at the world at 7 billion and examine what this means for us. This topic explores topical issues such as migration, population growth and issues that can arise.
Students will then look at the natural world and the processes that shape our landscapes. We look at rivers, coasts and glaciation and have a local and global focus.
Our next unit is the unequal world where we examine global disparity. Processes such as globalisation and trade are studied to give an understanding of why we have a global development gap.
The final unit looks at global issues such as energy security and how we are using the earth’s resources. Topics such as renewable energy and climate change are examined here and also controversial issues such as fracking and drilling in the Arctic for oil.
All of the units at KS3 have been designed to give a foundation of skills required for GCSE
Geography – Yr7 – Learner Descriptors:
Geography – Yr8 – Learner Descriptors:
Key Stage 4
GCSE (Exam Board: AQA)
The emphasis is on student centred learning to expand their Geographical knowledge and develop their practical and analytical skills, values, problem solving and decision making abilities. The course has 3 sections
- The Living World – hazards, ecosystems, rivers, coasts, weather and climate change. The exam is 1 hour 30 minutes. Worth 35% of the final mark.
- Challenges in the Human Environment – urban issues and challenges, the economic world, resource management and energy. The exam is 1 hour 30 minutes. Worth 35% of the final mark.
- Geographical Skills and Fieldwork. The exam is 1hour 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the final mark.
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Key Stage 5
AS and A2 (Exam Board: Edexcel)
Students continue to study themes from human and physical geography.
Physical – Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Landscape Systems. This paper is 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% of the AS qualification.
Human – Globalisation and Regenerating Places. This paper is 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% of the AS qualification.
The themes from year 12 will also be assessed here. The additional topics for study are water insecurity, energy security, global development and migration.
There are 4 assessment components –
Paper One – students will be examined on all the physical topics from across the two years. This exam is 2 hours 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the final grade.
Paper two – students will be examined on all the human topics from across the two years. This exam is 2 hours 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the final grade.
Paper Three – this exam is based on a synoptic investigation. Students will use a booklet containing resources to address a geographical issue. This is worth 20% of the final grade and the exam is 2 hours 15 minutes.
Independent Investigation – students will complete a 3-4000 word study of a physical or human topic of their choice. This will be based around fieldwork we study over the two years of the course. This is worth 20% of the final grade.