At KS3: Students will develop a range of skills including Cartographic, Graphical, OS Map Skills, Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, interpersonal Skills through debate and discussion and problem solving. These will be developed through a range of topics and activities designed to enthuse students and encourage a love of Geography whilst preparing them for being able to take Geography to a higher level. Students will be encouraged to think about the future and their place in the world.
In Year 7: Students will have different levels of geographical knowledge and skills. They will therefore learn, consolidate and extend key skills including, reading and understanding OS Maps, GIS, basic graphical skills and learn to ask enquiry questions within key topic areas. Students will complete a local project in ‘Welcome to My World’ before looking at the impact of Volcanoes and Earthquakes. The topic of Settlement will be assessed through a debate to show understanding of different opinions and end the year with ‘Weather and Climate’. This will incorporate a joint fieldwork visit with Science looking at biomes and plant/animal adaptations.
In Year 8: Students will continue to develop and apply key skills and knowledge learnt in Year 7. They will continue to have a balance between Physical and Human units whilst developing their understanding of the interrelationships between them. They will also embark on their first data collection and write-up with a visit to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset when looking at ‘Weathering and Limestone’. Students will then explore ideas of an ‘Unfair World’ before moving onto Flooding and Crime.
In Year 9: Students will begin the year with a visit to Weston-Super-Mare where they will collect data on tourism at the coast before writing it up at school. Students will be able to apply a number of key skills such as, cartographic, graphical, literacy and ICT including GIS. They will investigate the Tropical Rainforests and assess how they can be saved before moving on to the popular unit of ‘Chocolate’. This largely takes place as an independent project. Students will end the year looking at issues within Population and Migration. Year 9 maintains a balance of study between Physical and Human units and prepares students should they wish to continue to study Geography at GCSE.
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At GCSE Level: Students follow the AQA – A syllabus which is assessed in 3 key areas. The course is linear and students will be examined in 2 papers at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 is based on Physical Geography (37.5%) and covers the topics of Water on the Land, The Coastal Zone and Restless Earth. Paper 2 is based on Human Geography (37.5%) and covers the topics of Tourism, Changing Urban Environments and Globalisation. The final element is a Fieldwork Investigation (Controlled Assessment) worth 25% which is completed at the end of Year 10. It is usually based around tourism and involves an overnight stay to ensure good data collection. In addition to this students will learn and develop a variety of skills, including OS Map Skills, GIS, communication skills, graphical and cartographical skills, literacy and numeracy, interpersonal skills through debate and discussion and problem solving, as well as learning to consider future challenges
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At AS Level: Students follow the AQA syllabus, which is assessed at the end of Year 12. There are 2 papers, GEOG1 (70%) which covers Physical and Human Geography topics of Rivers, Floods and Management, Population, Cold Environments and Health Issues. Students are taught key theory which is illustrated and exemplified with contemporary case studies. GEOG2 (30%) paper is skills based and assesses students’ ability to apply key skills such as OS Map skills, Cartographic, Graphical, ICT and Statistical skills. In the second half of the paper, students will answer questions based on a fieldwork investigation. We take students to the River Holford in Somerset to carry out fieldwork to enable students to understand river theory in a real-life context.
At A2 Level: Students follow the AQA syllabus which is assessed at the end of Year 13 (having already completed 50% by the end of Year 12). There are 2 papers, GEOG3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues (30%) which covers Physical and Human topics of Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards, World Cities, Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards and Conflict and Challenge. As with AS, key theory is taught alongside contemporary case studies to ensure a fully integrated approach. GEOG4b – Geographical Issue Evaluation (20%) enables students to apply all of their skills (including some statistical skills) to a comprehensive geographical issue based on an Advanced Information Booklet.
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