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Staff

Mr D Crumpton

Mr H Matty

Mr P Bailey

Curriculum overview

Geography is about developing knowledge, skills and understanding relating to people, places and environments at different scales, in the United Kingdom and overseas, and an appreciation of how places relate to each other and the wider world.

Geography offers opportunities for learners to:

- increase their awareness of their surroundings;

- focus on the variety and diversity of human and natural resources;

- be introduced to moral responsibility;

- develop ideas of citizenship and challenging stereotypes;

- learn mapwork skills.

- investigate and learn about the physical and human features of their own environment and appreciate how their locality is similar to and different from other places;

- investigate a wide range of people, places and environments at different scales around the world;

- focus on geographical questions like What is it like? / Where is it? / How did it get like this? / How and why is it changing?

- study geographical patterns and processes and how political, economic, social and environmental factors affect contemporary geographical issues;

- investigate how places and environments are interdependent;

- carry out geographical enquiry, including identifying geographical questions and developing their own opinions;

- carry out geographical investigations inside and outside the classroom;

- develop and use a range of geographical enquiry skills and resources, including fieldwork, making and using  different types of maps and atlases, using photographs and satellite image, texts and ICT.

 KS3

What is taught in Key Stage 3 Geography:

  • What is a geographer?
  • Is Earth running out of natural resources?
  • What is an economy?
  • What is weather and climate?
  • Is the geography of Russia a curse or benefit?
  • Why are rivers important?
  • What is development?
  • How are populations changing?
  • What happens where the land meets the sea?
  • How is Asia being transformed?
  • Can we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa?
  • How does ice change the world?
  • Why is the Middle East an important world region?
  • Climate change and the Earth's future

 

 

Assessment at KS3

Learners will

- work with others, listen to each other's ideas, and treat them with respect;

- have opportunities to consider their own attitudes and values, and those of other people;

- develop respect for evidence and critically evaluate ideas which may or may not fit the evidence available;

- develop a respect for the environment and be encouraged to evaluate their own and others' effect or impact on it.

And will be assessed termly.

 

Key Stage 4/5

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Geography A

(Geographical Themes).

Component 01: Living in the UK

Students investigate the dynamic and diverse geography of the UK, exploring the distinctive physical and human environments, the processes which drive them and the challenges they create.

There are three topics:

  • Landscapes of the UK
  • People of the UK
  • UK environmental challenges.

Component 02: The world around us

This component explores the complexities of the planet and its interconnections. Students examine the changing, dynamic nature of physical and human environments, the role of decision-makers and the sustainable nature and management of these environments.

There are three topics:

  • Ecosystems of the planet
  • People of the planet
  • Environmental threats to our planet.

 

Component 03: Geographical skills

  • Cartographic Skills
  • Graphical Skills
  • Numerical Skills
  • Statistical Skills

 

Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world physical and human geographical context

 

Assessment at  Keystage 4/5

The exam consists of 3 papers:

Living in the UK today (01)  [ 60  marks  1   hour  30%]

The world around us (02)  [ 60  mark  1 hour     30%]

Geographical skills (03)   [ 80 marks   1.5 hours  40%]

Exam board websites

 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/geography-a-geographical-themes-j383-from-2016/specification-at-a-glance/

Other useful websites

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zkw76sg

 

 

Possible future careers

More careers than ever before require the skills of geographers. There has never been a more important time to use geographical knowledge and skills to pursue a career. None of the changes and challenges facing the UK and the world in the 21st century, including climate change, energy security, migration, urbanisation and globalisation, can be properly understood, let alone tackled, without Geography. This is the discipline that connects the natural and the human, the local and the global and in doing so, enables us to plan sustainably for the future. Whether a future career lies in the environmental sector, business, education, the natural or social sciences, the media, in geospatial industries or in travel, geography opens up a range of choices for future work and career.

Find out more here:

https://www.geography.org.uk/Careers-in-geography--useful-websites