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GCSE Geography

What does this subject involve?

This subject involves the study of the modern world and how people and places interact. You will develop and extend your knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes. You will apply this to different scales including local, national, global and social, political and cultural contexts. Although controlled assessment has been removed from the GCSE specification you will still participate in, and be examined on two Geographical investigations. We are planning to conduct a local river study in Year 9 and visit a major city in Year 10.

Why should I choose this subject?

If you like asking questions and investigating the answers then this subject is for you! Geography is at the centre of many of the major issues affecting the world today. What are we going to do about an aging population? How do we respond to environmental threats to our planet? How will we ensure the world is sustainable for future generations? Geography is interesting, diverse and covers so many key skills.

What skills will I need to succeed in this subject?

You need to have good communication skills – the course will develop your communication and leadership skills whilst also giving you knowledge of the physical and human world around us. Geographers are problem solvers, team players and flexible thinkers!

Where could this subject take me in the future?

The skills you use in your geographical studies make you very employable to a wide range of people. Careers include working with development agencies, environmental work, using Geographical Information Systems, working for the census office and in tourism and recreation. Many people also go onto work in finance, marketing, education and management.

Who can I talk to for more information?

Mrs Geall (Head of Geography), Mr Gray, Mrs Vousden and Mrs Rhodes.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will students learn about in Geography this year?

This year pupils will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for them to become competent Geographers.  Students will learn about local, national and global environments and places using various mediums ranging from map skills and photographic interpretation to graphical data analysis. They will begin to explore GIS (Geography information systems) and conduct their first geographical enquiry.

What type of homework will be set?

Pupils will be set 20-30 minutes’ of homework each week by their teacher that will extend or consolidate learning within the classroom.  This could be enquiry based homework, project based work or an extension task that explores the themes we have studied in greater detail.

How will students be assessed in Geography?

Students are continually assessed across the year in a variety of forms including Geographical investigation projects, exam style questions and groups project work.

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

Regularly discuss their child’s learning in Geography at home; consider relevant and topical news and current events and discuss the impacts of them on the world as a family; regularly ask about homeworks that have been set; consider family days out that incorporate Geographical skills! Orienteering and Geocaching is are cheap and an excellent activity you can do as a family, whilst also improving your children OS map skills!

 

Year 8

What will students learn about in Geography this year?

In Year 8 students explore a variety of local, national and global topics through a range of mediums ranging from map skills and photographic interpretation to graphical data analysis. They will begin to explore GIS (Geography information systems) and conduct their first geographical enquiry.

Year 8 students will study:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Climate change
  • Growth of China
  • Global industries
  • Weather
  • Rivers and Flooding

What type of homework will be set?

Pupils will be set 20-30 minutes’ of homework each week by their teacher that will extend or consolidate learning within the classroom.  This could be enquiry based homework, project based work or an extension task that explores the themes we have studied in greater detail.

How will students be assessed in Geography?

Students are continually assessed across the year in a variety of forms.  To prepare students for KS4, pupils will sit an end of unit exam at the end of each topic.  This will take place within the lesson and assess the key knowledge, understanding and geographical skills.

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

Encourage revision and preparation for end of unit exams; regularly discuss your child’s learning in Geography at home; consider relevant and topical news and current events and discuss the impacts of them on the world as a family; regularly ask about homework that has been set. Consider family days out that incorporate Geographical skills! Orienteering and Geocaching is are cheap and an excellent activity you can do as a family, whilst also improving your children OS map skills!

 

Key Stage 4

The course allows our students to explore a range of topics on extreme environments, population change, energy, global services and settlements. Students also develop the skills to conduct a geographical investigation and learn how to collect data within the field. The exploration across Human and Physical themes gives a wide breadth and experience of Geography as a subject.  

In year 9 we ensure pupils are given the foundations needed to access the rigors of the GCSE syllabus. 

What type of homework will be set?

Homework is weekly and will be approximately 30 minutes or more. Types of homework will include research, revision, tasks and exam practice questions.

How will students be assessed in Geography?

Formal assessment will take place at the end of each topic. Throughout the topic pupils will be assessed using example key questions from both the contemporary themes and Geographical Skills papers.  

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

  • Asking them to explain their learning in schools and links to the next topic on the specification.
  • Encouraging a wider range of reading on the subject.
  • Support them in reviewing their notes and understanding regularly.
  • Monitor the completion and quality of all homework
  • Be aware of formal examination times and revise with your child using mind maps, que cards, websites and exercise books.

What can students move onto with Geography?

Geography is a subject that can help develop skills of analysis and interpretation, presentation, enquiry skills and problem solving. Geography leads to exciting and dynamic careers in engineering, meteorology, law, environmental sciences, accountancy, business, teaching GIS and local government.