Welcome to the Geography Department

Geography is all about exploring the world and all its wonders. You will begin by discovering the world and its processes before exploring how humans interact and affect the world in which we live.

 

The journey begins with you showing your locational knowledge of the planet and grows into exploring places such as Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts.

 

Following this we start to discover how powerful Mother Nature is and how it works to shape our planet, how our weather is created, why the land looks like it does and the dangers created by nature around the world.

 

Finally, we study the fascinating patterns of humans, looking at how we live, and the impact our life is having on the planet. We finish by discussing the future, how can we continue to live in harmony with the planet without exploiting it for all it is worth!

 

KS3 Geography

 

Subject Objective

 

The aim of KS3 Geography is to not only engage students with interesting and relevant world issues, but also to prepare them for the demands of new style GCSE examinations.

 

We aim to –

  • Challenge students to explore the complex nature of the planet
  • Show empathy to people who are not as fortunate as ourselves
  • Consider the impact of human action on the planet
  • Explore unique locations around the world

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Year 7 – A year developing key Geographical and Locational knowledge of both Human and Physical Geography. Topics include – Location, Finding our way around, Natural World, People Everywhere and People on the move.

 

Year 8 – Exploring the complex nature of the relationship between Humans and Nature. Topics include – Climatic Challenges, Development Dilemmas, Wild Water, Sustainable Living and more.

 

Year 9 – A flavor of the GCSE course – We will continue to build on the knowledge of the previous two years, and then towards the end of the year give the pupils a taste of the GCSE course itself. Topics include – Future of the world, UK our country and Changing Cities.

 

Assessment

All students will complete a Baseline assessment at the start of year 7, allowing us to see their current subject knowledge.

All assessment at KS3 are completed using the new 1-9 GCSE grades from the beginning of year seven.

Pupils are assessed in a series of different tasks, ranging from formal tests/exams based on prior knowledge to extended writing tasks and decision-making exercises.

All assessments are designed to develop a range of skills that are required within the GCSE Geography course.

 

 

 

KS4 Geography

 

We follow the EDEXCEL GEOGRAPHY A SPECIFICATION.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Year 10 – A year of Physical Geography. Topics include – rivers, ecosystems, weather and climate, coasts and a fieldwork trip.

 

Year 11 – A year of Human Geography. Topics include – global development, changing cities, resource management and geographical skills.

 

Assessment

 

GCSE assessment – 100% exam completed at the end of Year 11.

 

Unit 1 – Physical Geography with topics including – UK landscapes, Coasts, Rivers, Weather and Climate and Ecosystems.

 

Unit 2 – Human Geography with topics including – Changing Cities, Resource Management and Global Development

 

Unit 3 – Fieldwork and Geographical Skills – 2 part exam replacing traditional Geography coursework with exam questions on the students fieldwork and on a range of skills including graphical and cartographic skills.

 

KS5 Geography

 

We follow the AQA Geography A level.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Year 13 – Physical Geography – Hazards and Water and Carbon cycle. Human Geography – Global Governance. Fieldwork – Non Examined Assessment

 

Assessment

 

Unit 1 – Physical geography – Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Landforms and Hazards

 

Unit 2 – Global Systems and Governance, Changing Places and Contemporary urban Environments

 

Unit 3 – NEA – Non examined assessment a written piece of between 3000-4000 words marked by class teachers.

 

Useful Links & Revision Pointers: Doddle learn is full of useful resources assigned by your teachers during each SOW.

 

For any information on the GCSE specification delivered, including assessment requirements, specifications, student support documents and past papers please see the edexcel website https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-a-2016.html

 

Links to student resources and extended learning can be found on the Doddle learn Platform and through Google Classroom for GCSE groups.

 

Further information

 

In geography we always strive to learn outside of the classroom running many trips across the different year groups, they have involved –

Year 7 Hayday to Scarborough

Year 9 Hayday to the coast

Year 10 Trips to Sheffield and Peak District

Year 12 trip to Cranedale

Year 13 trip to designated NEA location

 

Geography Experiences to Italy and Iceland with the department currently looking at options for future visits.

 

Staffing

 

Mr D Scholey – Head of Geography

Miss R Neal – Teacher of Geography

Miss J Whetstone – Teacher of Geography Head of Year 13

Mr T Carroll – Teacher of Geography

 

Contact

 

For further information please contact Mr D Scholey (Head of Geography) via the school telephone number 01302 770589 or via email at dsc@thehayfieldschool.co.uk