Geography

Aims of the curriculum

  • Learn and understand the world that we live in
  • Develop skills to illustrate, research and refine student understanding
  • To provide a grounding in one of the most diverse of subjects
  • To provide a teaching experience not just based in listening and reading but through interactions and investigations of the world around us
  • Continuation of the engagement in key contemporary issues such as climate change and sustainability.

Curriculum overview

Year 9

Term 1
  • Our natural world - weather and tectonic hazards
Term 2
  • Urban futures
  • Dynamic development
Term 3
  • Distinctive landscape (coasts)
  • Rivers in the UK

Year 10

Term 1
  • Rivers
  • Rivers flooding
Term 2
  • Population
  • Population DME
Term 3
  • Controlled assessment - Coasts revision

Year 11

Term 1
  • Controlled assessment - Coasts revision
  • Controlled assessment and coasts DME
Term 2
  • Settlement
  • Population
Term 3
  • Rivers and rivers DME

Teaching methods and student organisation

  • A wide range of skills will be applied in delivering the curriculum. For example, Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills including satellite imagery and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Different pedagogical styles will be applied to allow all students to access as much of the curriculum as possible
  • Students will have three lessons per week, all of which will be an hour long
  • Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
  • The course is linear and so students will sit three exams all lasting one hour for the taught topics
  • Students will have to contribute coursework for the assessment

Progression after Key Stage 4

Other than providing students will the opportunity to gain a GCSE qualification in geography, the course will also provide the background necessary for students looking to pursue geography at the KS5 level.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Geography Club – Students are able to investigate aspects of geography they are most interested in, as well as revise for upcoming examinations. Afterschool and weekend revision classes, particularly for those with upcoming exams. A number of trips across the country and within the local area. This includes a trip to Bryntysilio for the purpose of collecting data for the coursework assessment.

 

How can you help your child?

There are a number of resources provided for students within school. However, parents can also access a whole host of web based resources, as well as buy revision guides from numerous retailers. It is recommended that revision guides are used to supplement learning in the classroom

Geography homework will be set on a weekly basis, so parents will be aware that their students will have homework regularly. Provide them with a suitable working area and give them help where necessary.

The use of various media formats (podcasts, Youtube, BBC news, etc.) provide excellent learning resources that are easily accessed.

 

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Useful geography websites

  • National Geographic

    A variety of resources from National Geographic

  • Oxfam

    Information about the issues the organisation is working on

Useful websites for Key Stage 4 geography students