Geography

Overview

The first lesson we learn in Geography is……

Geography is everything!

Geography permeates all aspects of our everyday life.

It affects us all from our journey to school and the factors of current economics that make us decide whether to drive or walk, to exploring in the far-flung reaches of the world and seeing how climate change has affected glaciation or how economics affects development. Keeping the curriculum relevant to the students using up to date case studies and topicality are paramount in the geography department’s planning.

We in the department believe it is crucially important for students to be able to discuss openly the issues of a changing global environment and we encourage the students to share their experiences along the way.



Key Staff

Mr Russell-Smith - Head of Department
Miss Selby
Mr Bibby
Mr Burges
Mrs Fletcher
Mr Birch



Key Stage 3


Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Autumn
  • Introduction to Geography
  • Baseline test and exam
  • Tectonics
  • Project based exam
  • Arctic and the Antarctic
  • Decision Making Exercise/Project exam
  • Energy
  • Exam
  • Ecosystems
  • Exam
  • Brillaint Brazil
  • Project based exam
Spring
  • Fantastic Places
  • Project based exam
  • Wacky Weather
  • Project based exam
  • Climate Change
  • Exam
Summer
  • Indian Giant
  • Exam
  • End of Year Exam
  • Rivers
  • Exam
  • End of Year Exam
  • China
  • Project based exam
  • End of Year Exam

 

KS3 Banding

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow.  The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.

Banding Curriculum Map & Assessment



Key Stage 4

GCSE

Year 10 will start a new course offered by AQA.  More information on the can be found at www.aqa.org.uk

 

 

Year 10

Autumn

1

The Challenge of natural hazards (22hrs)


The Living World 13hrs

2

Spring

1

The Living World contd. (9hrs)

Physical landscapes in the UK (20hrs)

2

Summer

1

Physical landscapes in the UK contd. (3 hrs)


Fieldwork (10hrs)
Challenges in the Human Environment  (18 hrs)

2

Autumn

1

The Changing Economic World (18 hrs)


The Challenge of Resource Management (16 hrs)

2

Spring

1

Issue Evaluation (6-8 hrs)


Revision (24 hrs)

2

Summer

1

Revision (15) hrs

Exam date:  June/July 2018


At the end of each topic, students will have an end of topic test made up of questions from past exam papers. These will be collected and stored centrally and compared to target grades to inform monitoring and required intervention. Students will also undertake exam questions throughout the topics on specific elements of the topics.
To help students understand that a lot of information is to be remembered after topic 1 when topic 2 is tested there will also be a test on topic 1.
When topic 3 is tested there will also be a test on topic 2.
If students miss their target grade by two levels then students will have to retake the test.
This as well as intervention will also be noted centrally.
We will also have a Mock exam at the end of the Physical topic and end of the Human topic at the end of Year 10 and after Christmas in Year 11.


GCSE Students will be assessed as follows –

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment - Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG), 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment - Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG), 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications, Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG), 30% of GCSE, Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam



Key Stage 5

A Level

In the Sixth Form students follow the AQA specification.

  • Year 12 will start a new A – Level only course run by AQA. More information on this can be found at www.aqa.org.uk




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