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Geography is part of the Humanities faculty, where it works in cross-curricular collaboration and a supportive atmosphere to ensure pupils achieve their potential and are prepared for both higher education and the world of work that awaits them on their completion of compulsory schooling. The Geography Department also aims to ensure pupils understand the World they live in whilst enjoying and taking charge of their learning. Geography is included in the English Baccalaureate subject choices for GCSE study.

 

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Head of Department: Mrs L Taylor

 

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Map Skills

Local Area

Weather & Climate

Extreme Environments

Global Fashion

Coasts

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Map Skills

Rainforests

Population (India Focus)

Rivers & Flooding

Africa

Pupils are examined at the start of the Spring & end of the Summer Term and complete an assessment for each unit, which will either be an ISU (Independent study unit), GSU (group study unit) or CA (controlled assessment).

Pupils are taught in ability based groups.

Key Stage 4 Year 9, 10 & 11

Pupils study the Edexcel Specification B Geography GCSE, a modern syllabus with up to date case studies and a focus on the world around us today and implications for the future. The course consists of 3 units as detailed below.

  • UNIT 1 – Global Geographical Issue which includes Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics and Challenges of an Urbanising World.  All three sub units contain up to date case studies where the pupils are expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of key issues. The exam for this unit is 1 hour 30 minutes long and accounts for 37.5% of their GCSE grade.
  • UNIT 2 – UK Geographical Issues which includes UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape and the UK’s evolving Human Landscape. The main focus of the unit is to undertake investigations into a physical (rivers) and a human landscape (Birmingham).  The exam for this unit is 1 hour 30 minutes long and accounts for 37.5% of their GCSE grade.
  • UNIT 3 – People and Environmental Issues which includes People and the Biosphere, Forests under Threat and Consuming Energy Resources. This unit includes a decision making exercise linked to an energy issue in a forest. The exam for this unit is 1 hour 30 minutes long and accounts for 25% of their GCSE grade

The following link takes you to the Edexcel website where you can find the full course outline along with past papers: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2016.html

 

Key Stage 5 Year 12 & 13

Edexcel A Level Geography

A challenging and rewarding course focused on current geographical issues (Physical, Human and Environmental) and geographical research techniques. Pupils must undertake compulsory fieldwork, including occasional Saturday commitments and residentials. The course is an A Level and exams take place at the end of Year 13.  

  • PAPER 1: Physical Geography (Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems & Sustainability). This unit includes four physical geography topics. Two of the topics are completed in Year 12 - Tectonic Processes & Hazards and Coastal Landscapes & Change. Two of the topics are completed in Year 13 – Water Insecurity and Energy Insecurity. The coastal topic includes a residential to Dorset to consider how coastal landscapes are formed and used. The exam for this unit will be in Year 13. The exam for this unit is 2hr 15 mins long and is worth 30% of the A Level qualification.
  • PAPER 2: Human Geography (Dynamic Places and Human Systems & Geopolitics). This unit includes four human geography topics. Two of the topics are completed in Year 12 - Globalisation and Regenerating Places. Two of the topics are completed in Year 13 – Superpowers and Global Development/Connections. The regeneration topic includes fieldwork which will be conducted in Birmingham City Centre. The exam for this unit will be in Year 13. The exam for this unit is 2hr 15 mins long and is worth 30% of the A Level qualification.
  • PAPER 3: Synoptic Paper. This exam is an unseen skills based paper. The exam will include information and sources linked to two or more of the topics learnt for Paper 1 or Paper 2. The exam will involve reading time to allow the students to understand the sources prior to answering the questions. The exam for this unit is 2hr and 15mins long and is worth 20% of the A Level qualification.
  • COURSEWORK: Students will be writing a piece of coursework 3000-4000 words long on a topic of their choice from paper 1 or paper 2. This is a totally independent piece of work and the student will have to complete research, analysis and conclusions around a title of their choice. This piece of work will be worth 20% of the A Level qualification.

The following link takes you to the Pearson website where you can find the full course outline along with additional resources:  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html

Homework

Homework is set on a regular basis and includes; extension and completion of class activities, preparation for upcoming class activities, research, exam revision and project completion (ISUs) and poster/ display work. Doddle is used widely by the department for KS3 and KS4 pupils. KS4 pupils also have access to GCSEPod to help with revision and exam technique.

Extending Pupil Knowledge through Additional Reading, Websites and Activities

We would encourage pupils to read newspapers and watch the news on a regular basis and to watch geography based documentaries to enrich their broader curriculum knowledge. We would encourage families to discuss these articles/ programmes with them and draw out the reasons behind events and any possible consequences of human or physical actions in order to develop higher level skills.

It is important to remember the breadth of transferable skills used in Geography and the benefit that developing literacy and numeracy skills will have in allowing pupils to complete higher level Geography work. For example, writing in different styles, to different audiences, using a wide ranging vocabulary and being able to gather, analyse and evaluate data effectively.

 

Websites:

Map Skills Website with Games: http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

BBC News Website for up to date information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

KS3 Bitesize with information for some of the topics we study from Year7-9: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography/

GCSE Bitsesize with lots of relevant information about key topics and skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

GCSEPod with lots of short clips to help pupils reivse the key information needed for their GCSE exams: https://www.gcsepod.com/

News website with Geography Articles: http://theday.co.uk/subject/geography/

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Geography department also takes the lead in environmental awareness and sustainability education across the school, through its curriculum, displays and school initiatives like Fairtrade Fortnight and Green Britain Day. We are committed to promoting our school values; Collaboration, Aspirations, Respect, Equality and Responsibility to pupils at every opportunity.

 

 

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We are committed to promoting our school values; Collaboration, Aspirations, Respect, Equality and Responsibility to pupils at every opportunity. We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

   
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