Geography

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What Will I Learn?

You will be introduced into what Geography is and the departments’ expectations. Then you will be able to explore Britain via learning a host of skills. Some of the topics within this will be map skills, weather in the UK, where you will also learn skills such as constructing climate graphs etc, coastal landscapes, rivers where you will learn skills such as cross sections, settlements and you will find out about Britain’s economy. Then you will be able to learn about continents further away from us and countries that are less developed than the UK by looking at a case study of Malawi. This will also enable us to fundraise and have Water Aid educate you about the difficulties faced in a developing country. In 2017 the year 7 students raised over £1600, you will be able to try and compete with this target and try and raise even more money than them! Then you will be able to explore the human and physical landscapes by studying different ecosystems and biomes such as rainforest, tundra and deserts etc.


How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed each term via an exam; you will therefore be expected to revise as your exam will allow the department to assess your progress. The department will expect students to peer assess and self-assess to help reflect on how you can move forward and progress. This will enable you to see where your strengths are and where your weaknesses are so that you can independently work on your progress and take ownership of your learning.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

You will be able to explore the different types of Geographies through group tasks, individual tasks and peer assessments. There will be enquiry tasks where you will have to use and develop your thinking and questioning skills. You will also be expected to work independently where you will then be able to present you findings to the class.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

There will also be a variety of Geography skills that you will have to complete in groups or individually which will help you when it comes to the skills sections within the GCSE. Also the opportunities of learning outside of the classroom will help with the fieldwork experience sections of the GCSE.

What Will I Learn?

You will be introduced to physical Geography where you will be learning about different natural hazards, you will find out why these occur, where they occur and the causes and effects of a variety of natural disasters. You will be able to explore these via videos and case studies where you can see how natural hazards affect different countries, environments and people around the world. Then you will focus on human Geography where you will study the population and resources and see the links between resource access and raising populations. Again you will be able to learn this through studying real life examples showing the causes and effects of this. Finally you will learn about globalisation and development and the effects of globalisation on different parts of the world, this will be looked at through the examples within the continent of Asia.


How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed each term via an exam, you will therefore be expected to revise as your exam will allow the department to assess your progress. The department will expect students to peer assess and self-assess to help reflect on how you can move forward and progress. This will enable you to see where your strengths are and where your weaknesses are so that you can independently work on your progress and take ownership of your learning.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

You will be able to participate in independent work as well as group work. You will be able to show some of your creative sides through learning about physical geography through role play linked with natural disasters etc. You again will learn a variety of skills and will be able to participate in enquiry tasks to help you improve your thinking and independent learning skills and will participate in problem solving tasks.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

There will be a host of Geography skills that you will have to complete in groups or individually which will help you when it comes to the skills sections within the GCSE. Also potential opportunities of learning outside of the classroom will also help with the fieldwork experience sections of the GCSE.

What Will I Learn?

You will start the GCSE (OCR B spec) learning about Human and Physical Geography topics including ecosystems and biomes, climate change and the natural landscape.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students will be assessed with regular practice GCSE style exam questions; there will also be opportunities to practice exams for assessments. There will also be the expectation for peer and self-marking and reflection on what you will do to try and improve your understanding and grades.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Geography lessons are planned to include a range of activities to suit different learning styles, there will be opportunities for group work, independent work and enquiry based tasks. The students will also be expected to complete activities that will help them to learn and practice different skills needed for the GCSE exam. There may also be the opportunity for learning outside of the classroom.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The different tasks completed are to help cover the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for the GCSE exam, which they will be assessed on at the end of Year 11.

What Will I Learn?

You will be completing the rest of the GCSE (OCR B spec) learning about Human and Physical Geography topics including global hazards, urban futures and dynamic development, UK in the 21st Century and resource reliance etc.


How Will I Be Assessed?

The department assesses via a variety of practice exam questions and exam papers. There is also the expectation of peer and self-marking and reflection on what you will do to try and improve your understanding and grades. You will also be expected to complete PPEs at the end of the year to practice your exam skills.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

There will be a range of lessons planned to help cover a range of learning styles so there will be opportunities for independent work, peer and group work to help the learning of the GCSE content. There will also be a range of GCSE style exam questions to complete. There may also be the opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, which will cover the fieldwork requirement of your GCSE.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of key skills and topics that will be the foundations for your learning and understanding of the GCSE topics for your exam at the end of Year 11.

What Will I Learn?

You will focus more on the skills of Geography and the Decision Making Exercise exam. This will also be the year were we will predominately focus on revising the topics that you have study from the start of this GCSE.


How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of different practice exam questions/exams and revision techniques. You will also be expected to peer and self-mark to improve your progress.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

You will complete a range of activities that will develop your learning and understanding. There may also be the opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, which will cover the fieldwork requirement of your GCSE. Again there will be the opportunity to develop your exam practice with practice exam questions.

At the end of the year you will have 3 exams to sit:

  • Our natural world
  • People and the Planet
  • Geographical Exploration

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The GCSE will cover the foundations needed to progress onto A-Levels as you will have learnt the required skills such a problem solving, dealing with information from a variety of different sources and the background of physical and human Geography.