Geography

Head of Department:  Mr E Walton

The main aim of Geography is to increase students’ awareness to the world around them and the way that mankind interacts with its environment.

Key Stage 3

Some of the units covered include:

- Extreme Environments

- The British Isles

- Map Skills

- Rivers and Flooding

- Fieldwork Enquiry

- Hazards (earthquakes and volcanoes)

- Population

- Range of case studies

Assessment:

In KS3 each unit has its own assessment or test. The format of these assessments vary and include extended writing, decision making tasks, annotated sketches and posters.

Key Stage 4

Qualification: GCSE

Core/Option: Option (Ebacc)

Units & Weighting:

AQA new specification (studied currently in Y9 and beyond)

- Living with the physical environment (35%) 90 minute exam

Challenge of natural hazards (weather & climate, tectonic hazards), physical landscapes in the UK (coasts and rivers) and the living world (Ecosystems, tropical rainforests, hot deserts or cold environments).

- Challenges in the human environment (35%) 90 minute exam

Urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management.

- Geographical application (30%) 60 minute exam

Fieldwork based on pre-release material.

 How can I help?

  • By taking an interest in your child’s Geography work.
  • By making sure that your child has all the right equipment to take an active part in every Geography lesson.
  • By checking all their homework is done to the high standard expected of Geographers.
  • By checking your child's planner to ensure homework that is set is completed.
  • By contacting the Head of Department if you or your child are unhappy in any way.

Homework

  • The homework given in Geography is in line with the academy and department policy on homework/ELGs.
  • Students will be given Geography homework usually once a week.  There will be some learning homeworks and some reading homeworks.
  • The homework is always given on the day that students have their Geography lesson.
  • Most homeworks are set pieces to be handed in the following lesson, although this deadline may be extended in case of longer assignments/ELGs.  All students are expected to meet the deadlines set by their Geography teacher.
  • It is up to the individual student to make sure that deadlines are kept and homework is handed in on time.