Geography Department

Geography

Geography will be a journey that starts in KS3 and evolves through to KS4. We implement this through the aspiration to deliver high quality education which promotes a love of learning about the world. Work must be accessible and engaging for all learners through means such as differentiation to ensure that true progress is made. Schemes of Work are specific to our context, for Key Stage Three we aim to fill the gaps in their learning from Key Stage Two and produce foundations for all learners. This will consist of a variety of different skills and knowledge, including, building key vocabulary, problem solving, and some fieldwork. Pupils will use maps and images of people and places and numerical data. Application of knowledge is key for Geography and proves that learners are ‘thinking like a geographer’. Many contemporary challenges – climate change, population, energy choices – cannot be understood without a geographical perspective. Thinking and decision making with geography helps us to live our lives as knowledgeable citizens, aware of our own local communities in a global setting.

KS3

The Key stage 3 allows students to demonstrate knowledge, re-visit and consolidate skills throughout all topics using retrieval at the start of every lesson. The curriculum sequences knowledge and skills cumulatively focussing on a spiral of understanding gathering depth and detail of concepts and then putting into context to exemplify models with real world examples. To meet the needs of all learners we differentiation lessons so that everyone has access to the same curriculum, and resources are adapted to take into account reading ages, also, scaffolds/ writing frames and sentence starters are in place. The curriculum is appropriately and continuously challenging, there is a focus on extended writing, geographical skills that will prepare our students for the challenges of the modern world and the academic rigours of exams in year 11. Pupils are assessed before Tracking Points over the academic year and formal teacher feedback is given to help pupils make progress.  In addition to this is self and peer assessment to enable pupils to take ownership of their education.

KS4

At GCSE we study the AQA specification. This has multiple modules which include geography at a national and international scale. Topics include development, physical and human geography of the UK and an element of fieldwork that is tested in the exam. We take the students on two field trips throughout their GCSE study, one to Formby beech to and the other to Liverpool One. Pupils will Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales. Demonstrate geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes, and the inter-relationships between places, environments and processes. Pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit and this information will be used to give a grade before each Tracking Point. Data will be used to highlight performance and intervention will be offered to pupils who need extra support to achieve their target or aspirational grade.

  1. Assessment is over three exams: Paper 1 Living with the Physical environment 35%; Paper 2 Changes in the Human Environment 35%; Paper 3 Geographical Applications (Fieldwork) 30%.

Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, and their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. GCSE Geography allows students to travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies that include the United Kingdom, Brazil and Malaysia.

KS3

By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study. Pupils should consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world’s major countries and their physical and human features. They should understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they should become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They should develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

Topics include: Year 7- Africa, Map Skills, Ecosystems. Year 8- Geography of Disease and Population. Year 9- Development and Globalisation, Hazards, Weather and Climate.

KS4

Unit 1 – Living with the Physical Environment. Natural Hazards, Ecosystems including Rainforests & Extreme Environments, and Coasts & Rivers.   Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment.  Urban Issues and Challenges including a study of London and Rio de Janeiro, Changing Economic World, Natural Resources.  Unit 3: Geographical Applications.  Fieldwork and an Issue Evaluation, which contains a decision making exercise based on a pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before the Unit 3 exam. Fieldwork: As part of the course, you will take part in two pieces of fieldwork which will allow you to investigate different geographical issues in the real world. You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and you will also learn how to put forward your own opinion and convince others you are right! Fieldwork for Unit 1 will be an investigation into coastal management in Formby. Fieldwork for Unit 2 will focus on regeneration in Liverpool city centre.

Skills developed

Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, throughout their study of the specification. Skills will be assessed in all three written exams. Ordnance Survey (OS) maps or other map extracts may be used in any of the three exams. Within each skill there is often displaying key knowledge, explaining, evaluating and justifying your decision. Spelling, punctuation and Grammar is a focus to raise the importance of good literacy skills. Students should be able to communicate information in ways suitable for a range of target audiences.

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