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In Geography we cover a wide range of topics in Years 7 and 8 to develop a deeper understanding of people, places and the ways in which they interact to make the world we live in.

Subject Leader

  • Mrs Winsor

YEAR 7, 8 and 9

Content

We cover a wide range of topics in Years 7,8 and 9 to develop a deeper understanding of people, places and the ways in which they interact to make the world we live in. Topics include:

  • Making Connections
  • Our changing economy
  • Regeneration and sustainability
  • River Processes
  • Impacts of water on the land
  • Africa
  • Environmental concerns
  • Asia
  • Weather and climate
  • Natural Hazards
  • The UK and Globalisation
  • Russia and cold Environments
  • Living World
  • Uk physical landscapes Coasts and Rivers

Assessment

Each topic is assessed using a variety of methods from investigations to GCSE style questions.  In addition, there is an end of year examination.

Home Learning

  • Home Learning is set regularly.
  • Home Learning Club is run every day in the LRC from 3.25-4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 3.25-4.00pm Fridays.
  • Home learning will consist of at least one task per week. We recommend that pupils spend at least 40 minutes per task and that they read around the topics at home.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties
  • Encourage your child to be observant and take an interest in the world around them. This could include reading local and national newspapers and watching news programmes that frequently include geographical issues
  • Encourage your child to attend any after school revision sessions
  • Encourage your child to make use of the College LRC, public libraries and computer resources if they are available at home

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Reading List

  • Newspapers/websites
  • Horrible Geography series
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris
  • Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
  • Blue Planet

Assessment Schedule

Assessment Framework

Geography Assessment Framework - Year 7 and 8

Knowledge Organisers - Year 8

Geography Knowledge Organisers - Year 7

Geography Knowledge Organiser - Year 8

YEAR 10 and 11

Exam Board and syllabus code

AQA Geography (8035)

Content

In Years 9, 10 and 11 the following topics are covered:

Unit 1 Living with the Physical Environment

  • Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • Physical Landscapes of the UK

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Changing Economic Environment
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Unit 3 Geographical Applications

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

Assessment

  • At the end of Year 11 pupils will be assessed in three examinations:
  • Units 1 and 2 will each be assessed in a 1½ hour written exam. There will be questions based on each topic covered, each worth 35% of the GCSE.
  • Unit 3 will be assessed in a 1¼ hour written examination. There will be questions based on pre-released materials for the issue evaluation and questions based on 2 sessions of fieldwork completed by students in Year 10 and Year 11.

Home Learning

  • Home Learning is set regularly.
  • Home Learning Club is run every day in the LRC from 3.15-4.30pm Monday to Thursday.
  • Home learning will consist of at least one task per week. We recommend that pupils spend at least 40 minutes per task and that they read around the topics at home.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties
  • Encourage your child to be observant and take an interest in the world around them. This could include reading local and national newspapers and watching news programmes that frequently include geographical issues
  • Encourage your child to attend any after school revision sessions
  • Encourage them to make use of the College LRC, public libraries and computer resources if they are available at home

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Reading List

GCSE 9-1 Geography AQA Revision Guide - Author Tim Bayliss, Author Rebecca Tudor, Series Editor Bob Digby, and Author Catherine Hurst

Assessment Schedule