Geography


Curriculum Information for Geography

Staff Role
Mr Derek Roodenburg CT
Mr Nathan Moorby CT
Mr Gareth Johnstone Head of Humanities

Unique Selling Point:

We believe that a  high-quality geography education should inspire in our students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Our Geography Department wants to equip students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We want them to leave with geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

To do this we believe students should go out and explore the world around them. Fieldtrips are an excellent way to do this and we strive to provide opportunities at KS3 and KS4.

Keystage 3

Brief overview; New Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, AfL, homework, literacy (keywords):

Year

Term 1 topic

Term 2 topic

Term 3 topic

7

It’s your planet

Maps & mapping

Rivers

Weather & Climate

Global warming

Africa

8

Horn of Africa

Urbanisation

Earning a living

Coasts

Glaciers, rocks & soil

Population

9

Restless Planet

Development

Earth’s resources

Russia

Asia & China

Middle East

Keystage 4

Brief overview; examination board, syllabus, assessment criteria, homework

Exam Board: AQA

Syllabus: A

Assessment:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment 1hr 30 - 35%

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment 1hr 30 – 35%

Paper 3: Geographical applications 1hr 15 – 30%

Year

Term 1 topic

Term 2 topic

Term 3 topic

10

River Landscapes

Glacial Landscapes

Resource Management

Natural Hazards

Urban Issues

Geographical Applications

11

Hot Deserts

Tropical Rainforests

Fieldwork

Economic World

Climate change

Extreme weather

Specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

 

Student at a glance:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/AQA-8035-STUDENT-GUIDE.PDF

 

Additional information:

Extra-curricular activities

Revision guides:

CGP recommended and available from department

Textbooks are made by Oxford University Press

Useful website/ weblinks:

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk(Gen) Mapping
 www.geograph.org.uk (Gen) Photo sharing linked to UK and Ireland map references
www.flickr.com (Gen) Photo sharing
www.redbridge.gov.uk (Gen) The Redbridge Council website
www.tfl.gov.uk (Gen) Transport for London website
www.geographyalltheway.com (Geo) Good geography resources website
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ (Rev) BBC revision site
www.geography-map-games.com (Geo) Good test yourself games
www.whs.bucks.sch.uk (Wycombe High School - good geography site - click on the site’s menu)
www.geographypages.co.uk (Geo) General geography ideas
www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk (Geo and Rev) Its name says it all
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu (Geo - the new site for Volcano World)
www.rgs.org (Geo) The website of the Royal Geographical Society
www.geography.org.uk (Geo) Website of the Geographical Association
www.kidsgeo.com (Geo) Website aimed at Key Stage 3 students
www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel/geography.html (Rev and Geo) Website aimed at GCSE and ‘A’ Level
www.geography.btinternet.co.uk (Geo) Another school website - Kay’s Geography Pages
www.georesources.co.uk/indexalevel.htm (Rev) Aimed at ‘A’ Level students
www.juicygeography.co.uk (Geo) Geography resources
www.gatm.org.uk (Geography at theMovies)(Geo) Very popular for learning ideas.