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Geography

In Years 10 and 11 pupils will follow the Edexcel GCSE Geography B course.  

 

Is GEOGRAPHY the right subject for me?

 

In order to answer this question, ask yourself what you enjoy about studying geography. Do you want to:

  • Learn about and understand the world you live in now?
  • Think about the world as it will be in the future and how we can plan for that?
  • Develop skills that will help you in other subjects and in employment, such as decision-making and taking part in practical research away from the classroom?
  • Learn about subject that will give you a broad understanding of both the human world and the natural environment?

 


What will I learn?

 

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet (75 minute exam - 25% of the GCSE)
This unit focuses on physical geography with the following topics: Restless Earth (Earthquakes and Volcanoes); Changing Climate; Battle for the Biosphere; Water World; River Processes & Pressures; and Extreme Environments (Polar and Tundra Regions and Hot Arid Deserts). These topics are designed to show you how physical geography combines to create a ‘life support system’ for the planet.

Unit 2: People and the Planet (75 minute exam - 25% of the GCSE)
This unit focuses on human geography with the following topics: Population Dynamics; Consuming Resources; Globalisation; Development Dilemmas; The Changing Economy of the UK and The Challenges of an Urban World. These topics are designed to help you understand and think about the changing world that you will live and work in.

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions (90 minute exam - 25% of the GCSE)
Your Year 9 exam on Australia was an example of what this exam will be like. A booklet will be given to you in the examination room about a topic from Units 1 or 2 and you will make a decision about an issue based on the evidence provided. This is designed to be about testing your geographical skills rather than the amount of content you have revised.

Unit 4: Researching Geography (Controlled Assessment - 25% of the GCSE)
This will involve undertaking research, carrying out fieldwork and then writing it up in no more than 2000 words. The research and fieldwork can be undertaken out of class, but the writing up will all be in class time in supervised conditions. There will be a fieldwork day at a local river to prepare you for this controlled assessment.

 

 


What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

 

Geography really is an education for life. Employers and universities value the broad range of transferable skills that geography delivers. Geography fits neatly with science, arts and humanities. Geographers also tend to have very good ICT skills. GCSE Geography is also one of the qualifying subjects for the award of the English Baccalaureate that the government has recently introduced. A GCSE in Geography is excellent preparation for a career in planning, teaching, resource and countryside management, tourism and recreation and, environmental management and development. Many geographers also branch out into general management careers, accountancy, civil service, law or journalism. What employers and universities are most concerned about at GCSE level is that you are successful in whatever you choose and you are most likely to be successful in subjects that you enjoy.

 

 


Geography at Key Stage 3Year 7

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

In Year 7 pupils develop knowledge and understanding of Geography in the topic areas of volcanoes; rivers and flooding; desert environments; population and migration; and the geography of sport and leisure. In addition, each of the six half-terms is themed around a continent of the world to develop place knowledge.
Pupils develop their skills for using Ordnance Survey maps and atlases. They are expected to be able to use an eight-point compass to give directions, to use the map scale to calculate distances, use 4- and 6-figure grid references to locate places and a key to identify map symbols. They should also be able to use the index of an atlas to locate places.
Pupils take part in a fieldwork investigation around Stoke-on-Trent which is designed as a decision-making exercise. Through this, they begin to take personal responsibility for organising their time and resources, prioritising actions and managing risks to carry out and successfully complete a research task.

 

Assessments:

 

A ‘levelled’ assessment will occur during each of the six half-termly topics. These come in a variety of forms such as decision-making activities and projects as well as the more traditional exams and tests. These six levels are recorded, along with feedback, in a Geography Record of Progress booklet which will stay with your child until the end of Key Stage 3.
Assessment levels are reported to pupils and parents via the Record of Progress booklets which will be sent home for parental viewing. In addition progress is recorded in grade sheets and reports.

 

Key dates:

 

There will be an exam in Geography during the Year 7 exam period shortly after Easter.
Year 7 fieldwork takes place in late June/early July during regular school hours.

 

Revision resources

 

A revision booklet is issued to pupils prior to the Easter break. This booklet contains all of the information that pupils need to know for the exam. This is also available electronically on frog.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

 Ideally pupils will have an atlas at home. We use the Philip’s Modern School Atlas in school. It would be great if your child could be encouraged to look at maps when they are going on journeys or on holiday. They should also be encouraged to take an interest in current affairs as much of what we discuss in Geography is topical and in the news.

 

 

Geography at Key Stage 3 Year 8

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

In Year 8 pupils develop knowledge and understanding of Geography in the topic areas of Weather and Climate; Energy Resources and Climate Change; Tropical Rainforest Environments; Development Geography; China – 21st Century Superpower?; and National Parks and Tourism. In addition, each of the six half-terms is themed around a continent of the world to develop place knowledge.
Pupils develop geographical skills through many activities such as decision-making exercises and through taking part in a field trip to Castleton in the Peak District National Park. Through this, they begin to take personal responsibility for organising their time, prioritising actions and managing risks to carry out and successfully complete a research task. An introduction to the research process is very useful for them when working on GCSE coursework later in their school life.

 

Assessments:

 

A ‘levelled’ assessment will occur during each of the six half-termly topics. These come in a variety of forms such as decision-making activities and projects as well as the more traditional exams and tests. These six levels are recorded, along with feedback, in a Geography Record of Progress booklet which will stay with your child until the end of Key Stage 3.
Assessment levels are reported to pupils and parents via the Record of Progress booklets which will be sent home for parental viewing. In addition progress is recorded in grade sheets and reports.

 

Key dates:

 

There will be an exam in Geography during the Year 8 exam period shortly after Easter.
Year 8 fieldwork takes place in late June.

 

Revision resources

 

A revision booklet is issued to pupils prior to the Easter break. This booklet contains all of the information that pupils need to know for the exam. This is also available electronically on frog.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Ideally pupils will have an atlas at home. We use the Philip’s Modern School Atlas in school. It would be great if your child could be encouraged to look at maps when they are going on journeys or on holiday. They should also be encouraged to take an interest in current affairs as much of what we discuss in Geography is topical and in the news.

 

 

Geography at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

In Year 9 pupils develop knowledge and understanding of Geography in the topic areas of Earthquakes & Tsunamis; the Geography of the World Economy; the Geography of Food; Megacities; and Mountains and Glaciers. In addition, each of the six half-terms is themed around a continent of the world to develop place knowledge.
The additional topic is the exam unit which is called ‘Decision-Making Skills’. This unit is based around one of the exams in GCSE Geography in which pupils are given a booklet of information about a topic and then show their skills by interpreting the information and using it to make a decision about a controversial issue. The topic we use for this in Year 9 is that of Australia and its issues of population and resources.
We build into the curriculum what we hope are memorable learning experiences such as the World Trade Game event in November which is designed to help pupils understand the world economy. We also run a field trip in March to a working farm in order to illuminate the Geography of Food topic for pupils.

 

Assessments:

 

A ‘levelled’ assessment will occur during each of the six half-termly topics. These come in a variety of forms such as decision-making activities and projects as well as the more traditional exams and tests. These six levels are recorded, along with feedback, in a Geography Record of Progress booklet which will stay with your child until the end of Key Stage 3.
Assessment levels are reported to pupils and parents via the Record of Progress booklets which will be sent home for parental viewing. In addition, progress is recorded in grade sheets and reports.

 

Key dates:

 

There will be an exam in Geography during the Year 9 exam period in late January.
Year 9 fieldwork is planned to take place on Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th March. (Your child will only be attending on one of those dates).

 

Revision resources

 

The booklet on Australia’s population and resources is all your child needs to study for the Year 9 exam.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

 Ideally pupils will have an atlas at home. We use the Philip’s Modern School Atlas in school. It would be great if your child could be encouraged to look at maps when they are going on journeys or on holiday. They should also be encouraged to take an interest in current affairs as much of what we discuss in Geography is topical and in the news.

 

 

 

If you would like further details about this course please see Mr Cartlidge or email: r.cartlidge@endon.staffs.sch.uk

 

 


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