Geography is a dynamic subject that looks at the physical world and its human-environment relationships. It is an interesting subject that focuses on the past, the present and the future of our world. Geography gives a balanced viewpoint of the world around. This is good preparation for the world of work as it allows us to develop a range of skills. Employers want people with the following attributes:-

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Computer literacy
  • Spatial awareness
  • Environment and social awareness

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Geography provides all of these!(Volcano made by a year 8 student as part of a project)- Mitchell

KS3

In Key stage 3, students are able to embrace a mixture of human and physical topics to give a well-rounded holistic understanding of the world around them. The students have the opportunity to develop numerous transferable skills such as:

  • personalised independent learning
  • communication skills
  • technological skills such as ICT and Geographical Information Systems
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • Literacy, Numeracy and problem-solving skills

KS4

 

Examination Level:                         GCSE 

Examination Group:                       AQA

Examination Value:                        100%

Examination Structure:                 Paper 1:        1hr 30mins paper (35%)

Paper 2:         1hr 30mins paper (35%)

                                                         Pre-release:  1 hour 15 mins paper (30%)

Students Study:

Geography is a dynamic subject that looks at the physical world and its human-environment relationships. It is an interesting subject that focuses on the past, the present and the future of our world. Geography gives a balanced viewpoint of the world around us. This is good preparation for the world of work as it allows us to develop a range of skills. Employers want people with the following attributes:-

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Computer literacy
  • Spatial awareness

Environment and social awareness Geography provides all of these!

Geography allows students too:

  • Actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world.
  • Develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global.
  • Understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues.
  • Develop their responsibility as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.
  • Develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out of classroom learning.

Summary of Assessment

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

Written Examinations

Topics:

  • The Challenge of Natural hazards
  • The Living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Written examination

1   1.30 mins, 88 marks

(35%)

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment

  • Written examination

Topics:

  • Urban issues and Challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

1 hour 30 mins

8     88 marks

35 %

Unit 3: Geographical applications

Written exam

1 hour 15mins

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

76 marks

30% (pre-release available from 20th March)

Career Value:

Students can go onto studying various fields at university which is either directly or indirectly linked to Geography. Geography also provides you with an insight into a range of practical, social, economic and environmental issues. In addition to core geographic skills, for example field work and the use of specialist field equipment, preparing maps and diagrams, and using social survey and interpretative methods, you also develop a range of key skills that are relevant to many jobs and sectors. Jobs include:

  •  Cartographer
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Town planner

Extra-curricular opportunities/Homework expectations

Homework Expectations

Homework for both KS3 and KS4 will be set once a week. Students are expected to complete this to the best of their ability. Students will need to see their teacher in advance of the hand in date if they are unable to complete.

Homework is taken very seriously in Geography and is usually based on the content of the lesson.

Extra-curricular

Students are expected to attend intervention lessons during lunchtimes and after school to aid them with reaching their potential target. These sessions are very important as they provide intense mentoring; therefore your support is very much appreciated.

Geography club- Every Tuesday lunchtime- A great opportunity to explore the magical world of Geography.

Links and how to support your child at home

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

http://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

http://www.kidsgeo.com

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography