Geography

Key Stage 3

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The topics which will be undertaken in Geography are both Human and Physical topics. These topics include: Welcome to Geography; Settlement, Economic Activities of the UK; Raging Rivers, Africa, Extreme Ecosystems and Africa. These topics are designed to stimulate interest and for students to develop a sense of wonder about places and how the human and physical worlds interact. Students will also be learning skills on map work which will be allow them to interpret real Ordnance Survey maps. Students will develop their geographical enquiry skills by being able to question and investigate issues affecting the world and people’s lives.

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The topics which will be undertaken in Geography are both Human; Physical and Environmental topics. These topics include; Coastal Change; Population Explosion; Wacky Weather; Russia; Global Environmental Issues and Will China Rule the World? These topics will allow students to understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring spatial variation and change over time. Pupils at this stage will start to fully appreciate what it means to be a responsible citizen.

YEAR 9

The topics which will be undertaken in Geography are Human, Physical and environmental topics. These topics include; Amazonia, A Risky World; A Restless Earth; Dynamic Development; Globalisation and The Middle East. As pupils progress through Key Stage 3, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to design their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the geomorphic processes which are responsible for the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Pupils will have an opportunity to investigate sustainable solutions for some of the challenges many ecosystems face today in our world.

Key Stage 4

GCSE [Geography] 2016-18 (YEAR 10)

Course Title

Geography B (Geography for enquiring minds)

Examination Board

OCR

Qualification

GCSE

Specification

J384

QN Code

60182246

Link to specification

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/207307-specification-accredited-gcse-geography-b-j384.pdf

Summary of course content

There are three key components covered in this specification.

Component 1: Our Natural World

Component 2: People and Society

Component 3: Geographical Exploration

How will I be assessed?

Our Natural World

(01)

 

Written Paper

1 hour 15 mins

70 marks

35% of the qualification

+

People and Society

(02)

Written Paper

1 hour 15 mins

70 marks

35% of the qualification

+

Geographical Exploration

(03)

Written paper

1 hour 30 mins

60 marks

30% of the qualification

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Essay questions, research tasks, exam question practise, discussions, group and paired work activities, speech writing and presentations, chance to use ICT in the afore-mentioned tasks.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Revision for exam questions, background reading on all topics, exam questions, key vocabulary revision.

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography-b-geography-for-enquiring-minds-j384-from-2016/

http://www.geography.org.uk/resources/careers/weblinks.

How will this help students in the future?

Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people:

“Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet”

Job opportunities for geography are fascinating and broad. Geographers work in every facet of industry including government, the private sector and education. Geography careers include jobs such as park rangers, meteorologists, consultancy, horticulture, landscapers, planning, surveying and urban design.

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

All three components have already been studied in some detail at KS3 – at GSCE we go into more depth on each and spend more time focusing on case studies (real life examples of these topics)

Our Natural World The natural world contains a rich diversity of distinctive landscapes and ecosystems which are constantly changing through physical processes and human interactions. This component gives you the opportunity to explore the natural world you live in, to understand why it looks the way it does and appreciate its value. It includes investigation on of global hazards which humans face as well as an examination on of how the climate is changing and what this means for the world today. You will study the distinctive landscapes that surround them and the ecosystems that help sustain the life on Earth. Topics you will learn within this theme include; Global Hazards, Changing Climate, Distinctive Landscapes and Sustaining Ecosystems.

People and SocietyThis component investigates patterns and processes that shape the human planet. It explores the connections between people and places, questioning how these may change over time and space. The component examines the social, cultural, political and economic forces that make places unique. It identifies urban trends, how people live in cities and what the future holds. This component provides the opportunity to study the causes of development inequalities, the UK’s significance in the 21st century and one of the biggest threats to human society – our attempts to feed an ever-increasing global population. Topics for this theme include; Urban Futures, Dynamic Development, UK in the 21st Century and Resource Reliance.

Geographical Exploration - The assessment of this component will be fully synoptic in nature and will draw on both the Our Natural World and People and Society components. The synoptic nature of bringing together ideas from different topics will allow you to ‘think like a geographer’. You will develop Cartographic and Graphical skills throughout this unit which will allow you to develop your map skills and to interpret a variety of charts and graphs.

What Skills will I develop?

GCSE Geography has always been one of the most popular option subject at Sunbury Manor School. The main reason for this is the interesting, topical and challenging course content. Geography allows you to become more aware of physical (natural) and human environments of the world we live in; gain knowledge of your world; an understanding of current global issues; appreciate different cultures in this country and in other parts of the world and develop a range of useful skills. These include map reading, graphs and diagram drawing, interpretation, problem solving, data collection, decision-making, and using ICT.

 

GCSE [GEOGRAPHY] 2016-17 (YEAR 11) LEGACY SYLLABUS

Course Title

GCSE Geography B

Examination Board

OCR

Qualification

J385

Specification

GCSE

QN Code

60063415

Link to specification

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/82581-specification.pdf

Summary of course content

There are four key themes covered in this specification.

• Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts

• Theme 2: Population and Settlement

• Theme 3: Natural Hazards

• Theme 4: Economic Development

How will I be assessed?

Unit B561

Sustainable Decision Making Exercise

Written paper

1 hour 30 mins40 marks 25% of the qualification

Question Paper:

separate resource booklet, candidates answer all questions

+

Unit B562

Geographical Enquiry

Controlled assessment

60 marks25% of the qualification

One task:

Fieldwork Focus

+

Unit B563

Key Geographical Themes

Written paper

1 hour 45 mins 99 marks50% of the qualification

Question Paper:

3 sections, separate resource booklet, candidates answer all questions

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Essay questions, research tasks, exam question practise, discussions, group and paired work activities, speech writing and presentations, chance to use ICT in the afore-mentioned tasks.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Revision for exam questions, prep work for controlled assessments, background reading on SDME topics, exam questions, key vocabulary revision.

Useful links

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography-b-j385-from-2012/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-geography-b-j385-from-2012/

http://www.geography.org.uk/resources/careers/weblinks.

How will this help students in the future?

Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people:

“Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet”

Job opportunities for geography are fascinating and broad. Geographers work in every facet of industry including government, the private sector and education. Geography careers include jobs such as park rangers, meteorologists, consultancy, horticulture, landscapers, planning, surveying and urban design.

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

All four themes have already been studied in some detail at KS3 – at GSCE we go into more depth on each and spend more time focusing on case studies (real life examples of these topics)

  • Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts – Geomorphological processes, fluvial landforms and case studies of management strategies.
  • Theme 2: Population and Settlement – population, migration, population control, planning in rural and urban areas, retail provision
  • Theme 3: Natural Hazards – volcanoes and earthquakes, drought and hurricanes and how they affect LEDCs and MEDCs
  • Theme 4: Economic Development – aid and development, types of industry, multinational companies, conflict related to economic development

What Skills will I develop?

The study of GCSE Geography can help you to:

  • develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.
  • investigate the earth and its peoples.
  • study the features of the earth - such as mountains, rivers and seas - and how they were formed
  • develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.

gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world