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Geography

We study the OCR GCSE Geography A specification. The course allows our students to explore a range of topics on extreme environments, population change, energy, global services and settlements.  Students also develop the skills to conduct a geographical investigation and learn how to collect data within the field.  The exploration across Human and Physical themes gives a wide breadth and experience of Geography as a subject.   

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in Geography this year?

This year pupils will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for them to become competent Geographers.  Students will learn about local, national and global environments and places using various mediums ranging from map skills and photographic interpretation to graphical data analysis. They will begin to explore GIS (Geography information systems) and conduct their first geographical enquiry.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Pupils will be set 20-30 minutes’ of homework each week by their teacher that will extend or consolidate learning within the classroom.  This could be enquiry based homework, project based work or an extension task that explores the themes we have studied in greater detail.

 

How will my child be assessed in Geography?

Students are continually assessed across the year in a variety of forms including Geographical investigation projects, exam style questions and groups project work.

 

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Regularly discuss your child’s learning in Geography at home.

Consider relevant and topical news and current events and discuss the impacts of them on the world as a family.

Regularly ask about homework that have been sent

Consider family days out that incorporate Geographical skills! Orienteering and Geocaching is are cheap and an excellent activity you can do as a family, whilst also improving your children OS map skills!

 

Year 8

What will my child learn about in Geography this year?

In year 8 students explore a variety or local, national and global topics through a range of mediums ranging from map skills and photographic interpretation to graphical data analysis.  They will begin to explore GIS (Geography information systems) and conduct their first geographical enquiry.

Year 8 students will study:

Natural Hazards

Climate change

Growth of China

Global industries

Weather

Rivers and Flooding

 

What type of homework will be set?

Pupils will be set 20-30 minutes’ of homework each week by their teacher that will extend or consolidate learning within the classroom.  This could be enquiry based homework, project based work or an extension task that explores the themes we have studied in greater detail.

 

How will my child be assessed in Geography?

Students are continually assessed across the year in a variety of forms.  To prepare students for KS4, pupils will sit an end of unit exam at the end of each topic.  This will take place within the lesson and assess the key knowledge, understanding and geographical skills.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Encourage revision and preparation for end of unit exams

Regularly discuss your child’s learning in Geography at home.

Consider relevant and topical news and current events and discuss the impacts of them on the world as a family.

Regularly ask about homework that has been sent

Consider family days out that incorporate Geographical skills! Orienteering and Geocaching is are cheap and an excellent activity you can do as a family, whilst also improving your children OS map skills!

 

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn?

We study the OCR GCSE Geography A specification. The course allows our students to explore a range of topics on extreme environments, population change, energy, global services and settlements.  Students also develop the skills to conduct a geographical investigation and learn how to collect data within the field.  The exploration across Human and Physical themes gives a wide breadth and experience of Geography as a subject.  

In year 9 we ensure pupils are given the foundations needed to access the rigors of the GCSE syllabus.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Homework is weekly and will be approximately 30 minutes or more. Types of homework will include research, revision, tasks and exam practice questions.

 

How will my child be assessed in Geography?

Formal assessment will take place at the end of each topic.  Throughout the topic pupils will be assessed using example key questions from both the contemporary themes and Geographical Skills papers.  

 

Formal Geographical Examinations

End of Year 11

Contemporary Themes in Geography 1 hr 45 mins 50% of the final grade

Geographical Skills 1hr 15mins 25%

Controlled Assessment: Local Geographical Investigation 25%

 

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

  • Asking them to explain their learning in schools and links to the next topic on the specification.
  • Encouraging a wider range of reading on the subject.
  • Support them in reviewing their notes and understanding regularly.
  • Monitor the completion and quality of all homework
  • Be aware of formal examination times and revise with your child using mind maps, que cards, websites and exercise books.

 

What can my child move onto with Geography?

Geography is a subject that can help you develop your skills of analysis and interpretation, presentation, enquiry skills and problem solving. Geography leads to exciting and dynamic careers in engineering, meteorology, law, environmental sciences, accountancy, business, teaching GIS and local government.