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

Key Stage 3 Level Descriptors

Key Stage 4 

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 started to 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

Key Stage 5

We follow the OCR syllabus for A Level Geography 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 started following the new syllabus.

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/

 

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