Geography - Overview

Subject

 

Faculty

 

Year

Key Stage

Content by topic

Approach  eg. mixed ability/set and style

At KS4/5 – Board and Specification and qualification

Coursework content weighting and year completed.

Option or compulsory

Year 7

3

 it’s your Planet 

Big bang and life development on earth

 Geological timescale

Our place on earth (physical and human geography)

what is weathering and erosions

Settlement

Map skills

This is the UK

Weather and Global warming

 

-To include a contrast study

 on weather  Africa,

v Russia v European climate

 Links to  world ecosystems

 

 

 

Same sets as English

Enquiry based learning

Big questions

Current affairs

 

Year 8

3

 

 

 

Rivers and Flooding

Natural Hazards

Cold Climates and processes -

Glaciation including erosion

Cold ecosystems -  Russian Tundra

Development -

Africa ) vs Far East

 

Mixed ability

 

 

Year 9

4

 

 

 

Population

Migration

Urbanisation

Globalisation

 -Energy middle east/UK

Pollution marine /ecosystems

Coasts / marine ecosystems

 

 

Mixed ability

Enquiry based learning

Big questions

Current affairs

 

 

Year 10  

New Edexcel Syllabus B

 2 year course information

 

 

 

 

Two Year GCSE in Geography – Edexcel B

 

The syllabus is divided into 3:

 

Global Geographical Issues

 

UK Geographical Issues

 

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

 

 

Topics

 

Global Geographical Issues

 

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

Topic 2: Development dynamic

Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

 

 

UK Geographical Issues

 

Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including Coastal change and conflict and River processes and pressures.

Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study - Dynamic UK cities.

Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5.

 

 

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

 

Topic 7: People and the biosphere

Topic 8: Forests under threat

Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

 

 

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification

 

 

Mixed ability

Enquiry based learning ,Big questions

Current affairs

 

An interest in the news from around the globe will allow students to appreciate the issues faced by people living in shanty houses or on the street following a natural disaster such as an earthquake.

 

Examples are taken from different parts of the world to investigate the ideas being taught.  This allows the students to develop a wider perspective of the world around them.

 

A Geographical background will prepare students well for life in the 21st century.  It will also equip you for a whole range of jobs such as Town Planning, Marketing, Management, Geology and Oceanography.  By studying Geography, students will literally have the world at their feet.

 

Assessment

 

Global Geographical Issues

 

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

Topic 2: Development dynamic

Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world

 

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification

 

UK Geographical Issues

 

Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including Coastal change and conflict and River processes and pressures.

Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study - Dynamic UK cities.

Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5.

 

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification

 

People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

 

Topic 7: People and the biosphere

Topic 8: Forests under threat

Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

 

 

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification

 

 

 

Year 11

 

4

 

 

 

 Theme 3 People Work and Development

·         Employment structures / opportunities

·         Location of economic activities,

·         Economic activity and the environment

·         Development

·         Development issues and water

·         Interdependence

Controlled assessment Unit is worth 25% of the marks and consists of one piece of work.  This is a geographical enquiry including fieldwork, based on a controversial local issue.

 

 

Mixed ability

WJEC GCSE  syllabus B in Geography (1 GCSE qualification in 2 years)

 

Compulsory controlled assessment  worth 25%

 

Unit 2A is a 30 minute paper which assesses the content of theme 3. The style of assessment of this paper is similar to Unit 1.

Unit 2B is a 1 hour 30 minute paper. It is a problem solving paper and may assess knowledge and understanding of any part of the specification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject

 

Faculty

 

Year

Key Stage

Content by topic

Approach  eg. mixed ability/set and style

At KS5 – Board and Specification and qualification

Coursework content weighting and year completed.

 Current Year 12 

New Edexcel Syllabus

 2 year course information

5

.

 

•       Tectonic processes and hazards  Earthquakes and volcanoes

•       Water insecurity

•       Energy security

•       Coastal landscapes

•       Climate change futures

•       Globalisation

•       Super powers

•       Regenerating places

•       Migration, identity and sovereignty   or health human rights and intervention

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed ability 

Greater focus on research and current affairs .  Students are expected to do further reading to broaden their knowledge outside of lesson allocation.

Skills and Qualifications

Students will need to have:

·         the ability to carry out an investigation – devising questions to test a hypothesis

·         the ability to interpret evidence and analyse data

·         the ability to evaluate

·         the ability to justify a decision by arguing a case and reasoning

·         at least a grade B GCSE Geography

 

By studying this subject you will:

·         develop your social and environmental awareness

·         develop decision making skills involving environmental problems, management issues and locational decision making

·         consider values and develop critical thinking on a range of issues at a variety of scales

·         spatial awareness

·         analytical skills

·         problem solving

·         numeracy and literacy

·         computer skills

·         self management

 

•       Two year course with all exams taken at the end of year 13.

The 3 exams are worth 80 % of the total marks awarded.  An   Independent investigation will account for the remaining 20%. This will be based upon 4 days of fieldwork and will include a residential trip.

 

 Current Year Y13 (Relic course )

5

 

 

 

 

A2 Units

 

Unit 3 contested planet

 

Topics In this unit, students should investigate the distribution of resources, and the physical factors that result in this distribution. They should also consider how humans utilise these resources, and the problems of providing resources to people as well as an awareness of the costs of doing so. Consideration should also be given to how a finite resource base should be managed. Three types of resources are considered within three topic areas:

„ Topic 1: Energy Security

„ Topic 2: Water Conflicts

„ Topic 3: Biodiversity Under Threat.

The inequality in resource use is reflected in consumption patterns. A large number of resources are used by a small number of large economies, whereas many countries could be said not to use their ‘fair share’.

These issues are investigated through the study of:

„ Topic 4: Superpower Geographies

„ Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap.

The role of technology in overcoming resource scarcity, income inequality and environmental management is considered by investigating:

„ Topic 6: The Technological Fix?

 

Unit 4 Geographical Research

 

Options This unit offers six optional research options: the option we do at Campion School is,

Option 3: Life on the Margins: the Food Supply Problem

 

Thus course is designed to expose students to a range of geographical information in a variety of forms, namely books, journals, video and the internet. Many of these will be unfamiliar in terms of context and content. Part of this holistic exploration will involve linking content and concepts from Units 1, 2 and 3 into students’ research.

 

Mixed ability 

Greater focus on research and current affairs .  Students are expected to do further reading to broaden their knowledge outside of lesson allocation.

Edexcel Geography

 

Unit 3 60% of A2 marks

Unit 4 40% of  the A2 marks