Geography

Aims of the subject:

Our subject enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Upon completion of this three year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

GCSE Examination Board: AQA

Assessment Overview:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 88 marks (including3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
35 % of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 88 marks (including3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
35 % of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes 76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
35 % of GCSE. Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.

 

Year What will I learn? Assessment
10 Term 1

3.1.2 Section B: The living world

Ecosystems/ deserts and deciduous woodlands- climate, plant and animal adaptions, challenges and sustainable management of each.

Term 2

3.1.3 Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Relief of the UK, River and coastal processes and landforms of the UK, managing erosion and flooding.

Term 3

3.2.1 Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Urbanisation and problems of growth and decline in a HIC city (Liverpool) and how this has been managed. Problems with the growth Of LIC/NEE (Rio in Brazil).

 

October- exam to assess progress in year 9.

Easter- Paper 1 mock

End of year mock- whole of paper 1

At the end of each topic there will be a walk through assessment.

Homework will also take he form of past paper questions and revision.

11 Term 1

3.2.2 Section B: The changing economic world. Looking at uneven development- causes and effects and how to manage this. Case studies of NEE (Nigeria) and HIC (UK), looking at the change of industry and the impacts on the social, economic and environmental aspects of the country.

Term 2

3.2.3 Section C: The challenge of resource management- food, water and energy with a focus on energy.

3.3.1 Section A: Issue evaluation- topic unknown until the pre-release in March.

Term 3

Revision and exam preparation

Mock exam (January)

At the end of each topic there will be a walk through assessment.

Homework will also take the form of past paper questions and revision.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Revision opportunities available lunchtimes and after school. Please see the revision timetable for further details.

Iceland trip.

How you can support your child’s progress

Your child will be set a weekly learning homework, please support your child by testing that they have learnt this work every week. As well as this your child will be set exam questions, please check that these have been completed. Your child should also sign up to Seneca learning, you should check that they are spending at least 30mins per week on this assigned geography course. There will be specimen and practice question papers and mark schemes available on FROG for you to download and use.