Geography

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7 

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.

YEAR 8 

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

 

Subject Leader:

Mr Gray

Contact:

dgray@sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk

Exam Specification:

Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography B  – 1GB0

QN Code:

601/8135/7

 

 

Summary of course content

The school will follow Edexcel’s GCSE Geography B (9-1) syllabus.

 

GEOGRAPHY – Why study it?

The GCSE geography course will cover both the physical and human environments of the UK and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world.

 

It will show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture.

 

There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner.

 

By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.

The specification and support material for this course can be found using the following link:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2016.html

Assessment

The specification is divided into the following areas:

 

Paper 1: Global Geographical Issues: Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics and Challenges of an urbanising world.

(94 marks (4 marks for SPaST), 3 sections, 1 Hour 30 Minutes)

37.5% of total GCSE

 

Paper 2: UK Geographical Issues: The UK’s evolving physical landscape; The UK’s evolving human landscape and Geographical Investigations

(94 marks (4 marks for SPaST), 3 sections, 1 Hour 30 Minutes)

37.5% of total GCSE

 

Paper 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions: People and the biosphere, Forests under threat, Consuming energy resources and making a geographical decision

(64 marks (4 marks for SPaST), 4 sections, 1 Hour 30 Minutes)

25% of total GCSE

Fieldwork:

COMPULSORY FIELD WORK

  • 1 day in a physical environment e.g. coast or river
  • 1 day in a human environment e.g. urban or rural area

EXAMINED AS PART OF PAPER 2

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, how to approach exam style questions, key vocabulary revision and mind-mapping topics.

 

How will it help me in the future?

Geography combines well with arts, maths and science subjects. Geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression.

For careers in SUSTAINABILITY and GREEN ISSUES, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice.

For careers in the WORLD OF BUSINESS, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS or WELFARE then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; how do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies?

If you are working towards a future course in MEDICINE or VETERINARY MEDICINE then GCSE geography is a stepping stone towards geography A Level, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals & ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays & extended reports.

What skills will I develop?

The study of GCSE Geography can help you to:

  • Appreciate the geographical, numerical & statistical skills you need to succeed by working through clear explanations of each skill.
  • Develop such skills as you progress through the GCSE course with a range of practical activities.
  • Prepare for fieldwork questions using detailed support on investigative skills, fieldwork techniques and geographical enquiry.