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Geography

In KS3 Geography we study the following

  • researching and developing skills to meet the whole school philosophy of educating citizens of the world
  • investigating a wide range of issues and topics from Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis, to the way we prepare and predict such events
  • incorporating the study of our link school in Sri Lanka and other countries where our school has established links such as Spain and New Zealand
  • developing an understanding of our role within the Global Community, this is is a central feature of our Curriculum
  • looking at the way global business operates and how such organisations as Fair Trade and Local Co-operatives help small businesses to grow
  • understanding and leading a local Network of schools as one of only two Expert Centres in North Yorkshire, for the Global Learning Programme, and creating lifelong, independent learners through this
  • studying weather hazards such as flooding and storms, looking at how we respond and manage our environment
  • taking opportunities for independent learning, as well as group work, role plays, mysteries and enquiries
  • investigating what it must be like to flee your home and arrive in a new country

Assessment

  • assessment through extended written tasks, using group and individual research
  • presenting a written account, bringing in independent learning and a range of communication skills, as well as developing a sense of empathy
  • formative, knowledge based tests/exams
  • giving presentations, both group and individual and  in a variety of formats – such as animations, presentations, models, posters, role plays
  • throughout KS3, a variety of peer and teacher assessment is continuous, with self-review and target setting a clear part of the assessment process

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Learning beyond the classroom

  • taking opportunities for field work across the key stages, from local ecosystem studies to visits to places such as The Deep, or Ingleborough Caves
  • participating in enterprise and charity projects, such as the Water Aid Big Change appeal or Boots 4 Africa campaign
  • taking part in the Year 9 class challenge, to aid learning and personal development of essential skills for GCSE
  • learning independently is encouraged through watching News programmes such as Newsround, and interactive websites such as NASA Droplet adventure
  • reading around the topics online, with books or magazines
  • taking an active role within the local community/area

Teaching KS3 Geography

  • Mrs J Blogg – Head of Geography
  • Miss K Leopold – Head of Year 13
  • Miss C Harbron – Teacher of Geography

In KS4 Geography we study the following

  • using the AQA A Geography GCSE course, focusing on current key issues including flooding, population control and urban regeneration
  • developing an understanding of the world and stimulating our interest in a variety of different places
  • exploring our place in the world, our values and responsibilities, to both people and the environment, enabling us to become global citizens
  • researching topics in Unit 1 , Physical Geography, included in this are the restless Earth, water on the land and managing coastal environment
  • studying Unit 2, Human Geography, which includes population change, changing urban environments and tourism
  • undertaking fieldwork for Unit 3 this includes investigating a question at a local scale (titles are set annually by AQA, and so location for fieldwork may vary)
  • studying the key issues affecting the world around us, at the full range of scales from the local area to the global dimension
  • incorporating what is happening in the news today into our work making this an interesting, exciting course

Assessment

  • two tiers of assessment, for the terminal exam,
    Higher paper – students can achieve between grades A*-D
    Foundation paper – students can achieve between grades C-G
  • there are two papers for each tier, both are worth 37.5%
  • paper 1 covers the Physical Units
  • paper 2 covers the Human Units
  • one piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25% of the overall mark

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Learning beyond the classroom

  • understanding the world in which we live and how people use and abuse their environment
  •  investigating natural and human environment both locally and beyond is essential learning
  • reading and listening to current affairs, reading around all topics
  • questioning and exploring ideas and understanding alternative opinions
  • using computer software programmes to present data and include geographical and map skills
  • taking an interest in the challenges that face this planet and being involved in helping create a world which has a healthy future

Teachers of KS4 Geography

  • Mrs J Blogg – Head of Geography
  • Miss K Leopold – Head of Year 13

Topics studied in KS5 Geography

  • questioning and making sense of the world, equipping us with the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century.
  • Earth’s landscapes as well the way in which people live and how they interact with the environment.
  • linking our understanding of physical and social processes within the context of particular places.
  • developing understanding of the key concept of sustainable development
  • exploring social, economic and environmental issues that are both relevant to them at a local, national and global scale.
  • how geography enables us to develop as global citizens.
  • developing the ability to ask questions and to be able to independently find out the answers.
  • developing skills such as decision making, problem solving, handling data, analysing materials and writing reports.
  • becoming good communicators, strong team players, self-managers, well rounded thinkers, spatially aware, ICT literate,  and to be socially and environmentally aware.
  • completing Physical units on Landscape Systems (Coasts/Hot Deserts/Glacial Environments) alongside Earth’s Life Support Systems (Water and Carbon Cycles), with the option unit on Hazardous Earth.
  • completing Human units looking at Changing Spaces: Making Places (how we interact and develop our local areas) followed by our Global Connections (patterns of migration, economic growth and globalisation), with the option unit on Disease Dilemmas.
  • taking part in a mandatory field visit within our region in year 12.
  • undertaking the field work element for the A-level Independent Investigation by attending the residential in the summer term of Y12.  This is the basis for your unique Investigation to be completed over the summer between Y12 and Y13.  The final work completed and submitted by December of Y13.
  • All units are very much focused on ensuring the latest, relevant content about issues such world cities and changing landscapes and processes, and students are given the opportunity of selecting their own enquiry for their investigation.

Assessment

With OCR the exam structure is:

AS level

  • Landscape & Place (Paper 01) – Landscape Systems & Changing Spaces: Making Places, plus fieldwork and Geographical Skills.  Worth 55% of total AS-level.
  • Geographical Debates (Paper 02) – Disease Dilemmas, Hazardous Earth, Geographical Skills.  Worth 45% of total AS-level.

A level

  • Physical Systems (Paper 01) –Landscape Systems & Earth’s Life Support Systems, plus Geographical Skills.  Worth 22% of total A-level.
  • Human Interactions (Paper 02) – Changing Spaces: Making Places & Global Connections, plus Geographical Skills.  Worth 22% of total A-level.
  • Geographical Debates (Paper 03) – Disease Dilemmas & Hazardous Earth, plus Geographical skills.  Worth 36% of total A-level.
  • Investigative Geography (04/05) – Independent Investigation.  Worth 20% of total A-level.

AS and A-level

  • students review and both self and peer assess their work.
  • completion of numerous past paper questions, personal investigations, group work projects and presentations, and prepare, plan and write essays will be accompanied by verbal and written feedback.

Learning beyond the classroom

  • taking opportunities to get out and explore, and visit different environments and locations to experience real geography! There are 2 days of field work for the AS course, and the legendary Dunbar Fieldwork has always formed the basis for the week for the A-level investigation.  This week is mandatory to prepare you for the Independent Investigation.
  • asking stimulating questions and exploring the theories and processes beyond the classroom, is a tangible way of reinforcing the learning from the classroom.
  • utilising some of the available study sessions within the department to access resources and to stretch the level of work to ensure target grades are reached or exceeded.
  • viewing essential TV documentaries such as Horizon, Bang Goes the Theory and Channel 4 News.
  • researching ideas and material through hard and digital media is vital – with the proviso of avoiding evaluating the material gathered to avoid bias and ensure fact not opinion.
  • keeping abreast of current issues is essential in developing the skills of “thinking like a geographer” if students are to reach the A* grade.

Teachers of KS5 geography

  • Mrs J Blogg – Head of Geography
    Miss K Leopold – Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 13

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Geography (Year 13 only)

Topics studied in KS5 Geography

• questioning and making sense of the world, equipping us with the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century
• studying Earth’s landscapes as well the way in which people live and how they interact with the environment
• linking our understanding of physical and social processes within the context of particular places
• developing understanding of the key concept of sustainable development
• exploring social, economic and environmental issues that are both relevant to them at a local scale and facing the world
• studying geography  to enable us to develop as global citizens
• developing our ability to ask questions and find out the answers
• developing skills such as decision making, problem solving, handling data, analysing materials and writing reports
• becoming good communicators, strong team players, self managers, well rounded thinkers, spatially aware, ICT literate,  and to be socially and environmentally aware
• completing units, at AS level two core units titled ‘water on the land’ and ‘population’, then a further two units selected from a list of Human and Physical content – such as desert environments, health issues, cold environments, or energy issues
• completion for AS level of a field work and skills based unit
• taking part in a mandatory field visit within our region in the spring of year 12
• completion of A2 units which follow a similar pattern, however there are no core units, there is a mixture of human and physical content along the theme of contemporary conflicts and challenges
• completion of the field work element for A2 is based on work completed during our annual visit to Dunbar, Scotland
• A2 units are very much focused on ensuring the latest, relevant content about issues such ‘world cities’ and ‘changing weather and climate, and students are given the option of selecting which units they would like to follow

Assessment

Currently with AQA, there are two sets of terminal exams

AS level

• Unit 1 is based on the four units studied through the year and is worth 70% of the AS grade or 35% of the A2 grade, assessed by exam paper
• Unit 2 is the skills based paper which is centred on analysing and interpreting data, as well as detailing the fieldwork undertaken during this year of the course, this paper is worth 30% of the AS grade or 15% of A2 grade

A2 level

• Unit 3 is a mixture of data response and essay questions based on the units studied through the year, a paper worth 30% of the A2 level
• Unit 4 is a geography fieldwork investigation (worth 20% of A2 level), it is structured short and extended questions based on students fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills

AS and A2 level

• students review and both self and peer assess their work
•  completion of numerous past paper questions, personal investigations, group work projects and presentations, and prepare, plan and write essays will be accompanied by verbal and written feedback

Learning beyond the classroom

• taking opportunities to get out and explore, and visit different environments and locations to experience real geography!
• asking stimulating questions and exploring the theories and processes beyond the classroom, is a tangible way of reinforcing the learning from the classroom
• utilising some of the available study sessions within the department to access resources and to stretch the level of work to ensure target grades are reached or exceeded
• viewing essntial TV documentaries such as Horizon, Bang Goes the Theory and Channel 4 News
• researching ideas and material through hard and digital media is vital – with the proviso of avoiding evaluating the material gathered to avoid bias and ensure fact not opinion
• keeping abreast of current issues is essential in developing the skills of “thinking like a geographer” if students are to reach the A* grade.

Teachers of KS5 geography

  • Mrs J Blogg – Head of Geography
  • Miss K Leopold – Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 13

KS5 Geography Revision Tips