Geography

Year 7

Year 7 start their Key Stage 3 Geography course with a short unit entitled “What is Geography?”, before spending much of the half-term developing their skills in using Ordnance Survey maps. There will be the opportunity for local fieldwork to take place in the town of Bishop’s Stortford during Geography lessons. Pupils will also work on developing their knowledge of the geography of the British Isles. Pupils will study the topic of Settlement and investigate the different factors affecting the location of settlements and debate where new homes should be built. They will later look in depth at India where they will study contrasting places in detail as well as covering the concept of globalisation. The Geography of Crime will also allow pupils to investigate the relationship between people and their environment in addition to further developing their map skills.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils begin the year by studying the topic of Coasts and investigate the impact of coastal erosion on people and the environment, this is supported by a day field trip to Walton on the Naze later in the year. Pupils then go on to study the topic of Population – enquiring about current issues such as global population growth and migration. Two in depth country studies will also take place; China and Kenya, and comparisons between the countries will be made. Furthermore pupils look at the topic of Weather and report on the issues of the greenhouse effect and climate change. To finish the year pupils will investigate the extreme environment of Antarctica.

Year 9

Year 9 commences with one of the most engaging aspects of Geography – Tectonic Activity. Pupils will learn about the events that can make our planet a hazardous place to live and the impacts they have on people. Pupils will complete country investigations into Russia and Brazil and may have the opportunity to write to Brazilian students with whom we have set up a link. Pupils will also study the topic of Rivers which will provide a good foundation of knowledge of physical processes should they decide to study Geography at GCSE. The topic of Tourism will then be studied and we will look at why patterns of tourism have changed and pupils will research some tourist destinations. To complement this topic we will complete a day of fieldwork in Southend.

To find out more about the Geography Curriculum we are following at Key Stage 3 please contact Mrs C Hughes at c.hughes@stmarys.net

Key Stage 4

Year 10

The study of GCSE Geography gives students the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. Students will deepen their understanding of geographical processes, investigate the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions and develop their investigative skills. The study of Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

From September 2016 we follow the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A. There are three components to the course:

Component 1: The Physical Environment

Component 2: The Human Environment

Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

More information can be found at the exam board’s website http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-a-2016.html

Year 11

Exam Board: Edexcel A

Assessment Methods

Unit 1: Skills and Challenges 5GA1F/5GA1H

This unit has two sections, both of which are compulsory material:

Section A – Geographical Skills

This covers cartographic skills, graphical skills, and geographical enquiry, and ICT and GIS skills.

Section B – Challenges for the Planet

This covers issues that have arisen from climate change and sustainable development.

Assessment:

This unit is assessed through a 1-hour, tiered, written examination with a total of 54 marks.

There are 25 marks in Section A and 29 marks in Section B. The examination will contain a mixture of question styles.

Unit 2: The Natural Environment 5GA2F/5GA2H

This unit has two sections:

Section A – The Physical World

Students should complete all of the following topics:

Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes and Tectonic Landscapes.

Section B – Environmental Issues

Students complete one of the following topics:

A Wasteful World or A Watery World.

Overview of assessment

This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination with a total of 69 marks. There are 45 marks in Section A and 24 marks in Section B. The examination will contain a mixture of question styles.

Unit 3: The Human Environment 5GA3F/5GA3H

Section A – The Human World

Students should complete all of the following topics:

Economic Change, Settlement Change and Population Change.

Section B – People Issues

Students should complete one of the following topics:

A Moving World or A Tourist’s World.

Overview of assessment

This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination with a total of 69 marks. There are 45 marks in Section A and 24 marks in Section B. The examination will contain a mixture of question styles.

Unit 4: Investigating Geography 5GA04

For this unit students need to complete a fieldwork investigation and report. They must complete one of the tasks provided by Edexcel, on one of the following themes:

local sustainable development, rivers, coasts, land use in urban areas, tourism and changes in the rural landscape.

Overview of assessment

This unit is an internally assessed unit assessed under controlled conditions. Students complete one of the fieldwork tasks from the list provided by Edexcel. They must write it up under controlled conditions.

The task is marked out of a total of 50 marks, across the following areas: purpose of investigation, methods of collecting data, methods of presenting data, analysis and conclusions, evaluation, and planning and organisation.

To find out more about the Geography GCSE please visit the course page of the Pearson website 

Key Stage 5

We follow the OCR syllabus which is designed to highlight the main issues and concepts that young adults are likely to encounter in their current and future lives. Topics are examined on a local, national, and global scale; it is hoped that those who follow the course will find it most helpful in equipping them to make better-informed decisions; and also be sensitive to a wide range of viewpoints and challenges. From September 2016 we are following the new syllabus with Year 12 with Year 13 following the A2 course

 

Year 12 AS/A Level Geography

Students will study a variety of Human and Physical Geography topics with four components to the course.

 

Physical Systems

 

Human Interactions

 

Geographical Debates

 

Investigative Geography

 

 Fieldwork is an essential component to the study of Geography at Key Stage 5 and adds a great deal of appeal to the subject. Additionally geographical skills will be learnt throughout all of the topics.

 More information can be found at the exam board’s website http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-geography-h081-h481-from-2016/

 

A2 Level: The course in year 13 is composed of two main modules: Global Issues and Geographical Skills.

Global Issues is concerned mainly with pressing environmental concerns: hazards and ecosystems under threat; and current economic topics: population and resources; globalisation; development and inequality. The Skills module is concerned very much with the way we can apply our geographical expertise in the field: collecting, recording and interpretation of data; a great deal of the work will be carried out in nearby localities.

A2 exams follow a linear path with two exams in the summer term.

 

More information can be found at the exam board’s website http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-geography-h083-h483/

 

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