Geography

Year 7

Geography Curriculum

Aim

To develop students understanding of the world in which they live.

Topics covered

Term 1 - Survival skills-using map skills to get rescued from an island

Term 2 - My place in the world-an understanding of the local to global connections of life in Witney

Term 3 - The geography of my “Stuff”-how do products we consume impact on the world

Term 4 - The big Energy Debate-which alternative energy is best and global warming investigation

Term 5 - Sustainability-what is sustainable development and sustainable living

Term 6 - Wood Green Microclimate Investigations

Homework

Homework will be set at least every fortnight 20-30 minutes

Assessment

Mini-assessments at the end of each term

Year 8

Geography Curriculum

Aim

To develop students understanding of the world in which they live.

Topics covered

Term 1 - Fantastic physical places-understanding the processes behind some of the most impressive physical landscapes of the world

Rainforests

Term 2 - Changing Faces Shaping Places – Population Challenges and Management

Term 3 - A New World – What will life be like in a post BREXIT Europe? 

Term 4 - Extreme weather

Term 5 - River studies

Term 6 - Flood management

Homework

Homework will be set at least every fortnight 20-30 minutes

Assessment

Mini-assessments at the end of each term

Year 9

Geography Curriculum

Aim

 To develop students understanding of the world in which they live.

Topics covered

Term 1 - Risky worlds-a focus on tectonic activity

Term 2 - Development Disparities – Do we live in a fair World?

Term 3 - The geography of crime-local and global examples to show the impact of crime on places

Terms 4 & 5 - Globalisation and China-globalisation who are the winners and losers

Term 6 - Start of the GCSE course-coasts

Homework

Homework will be set at least every fortnight 20-30 minutes

Assessment

Mini-assessments at the end of each term

Years  10 & 11

Geography Curriculum

Aim

Geography enables students to study how different aspects like migration, energy security and debate, flooding, climate change fit together. It helps students to understand about the future and helps learn the importance of acting responsibly and in a sustainable way.

Topics covered

We follow the EDEXCEL B 2016 specification.  There are 9 modules to be covered over two years. Each year there is some flexibility over which units are taught depending on stories in the news and choice of controlled assessment title.

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

Topic 2: Development Dynamics

Topic 3: Challenges of an Urbanising world

Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – a focus on Rivers and Coasts

Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including Dynamic UK cities.

Topic 6: Geographical investigations – fieldwork opportunities in order to cover physical and human geography

Topic 7: People and the biosphere

Topic 8: Forests under threat

Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

Homework

Homework could be set each lesson when appropriate. At least one homework will be set per week. At least 30 minutes

Assessment

There are three papers which are:

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues – Topics 1 to 3 worth 37.5% of the GCSE

Component 2: UK Geographical Issues – Topics 4 to 6 worth 37.5% of the GCSE

Component 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions (decision making paper) worth 25% of the GCSE

All papers are 1½ hours long.

Years 12 and 13

Geography

Aim

To engage students and renew interest in the subject of geography which offers so much to our understanding of our planet. 

Topics covered

Paper 1 – Physical Geography

Paper 2 – Human Geography

Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Globalisation

Changing Coastal Landscapes

Shaping Places – Regenerating Places

The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Superpowers

The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Global Development and Connections

Homework

At least one homework will be set by each teacher which means 2 hours per week. 1 exam style question will be set by each teacher at least once every 3 weeks.

Assessment

Paper 1 – Physical paper – Dynamic Landscapes- 90 marks and 30% of course

Paper 2 – Human paper Dynamic Places- 90 marks and 30% of the course

Both of these papers will be assessed using short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examinations includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions

Paper 3 – A synoptic paper based on the compulsory content of paper 1 and 2- 1 hour and 45 minutes and worth 20%. The examination includes 6-mark, 15-mark and 18- mark extended writing questions

 Paper 4 – Independent Investigation – 3000-4000 words long 20% of the qualification