Geography

Year 7 and 8

Topic Overview – Year 7

  • Term 1- Maps Skills and Extreme Environments
  • Term 2- Fieldwork and Extreme Environments  
  • Term 3- Economic Activities

Topic Overview – Year 8

  • Term 1 – Natural Hazards
  • Term 2 – Ecosystems/ Fieldwork
  • Term 3 – Population and Development

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include interpreting maps, spatial awareness, decision making, problem solving, and knowledge of places and environments at a variety of scales.

The transferable skills that students will develop include independence, interpretation skills, creativity, self-awareness and the ability to work with others. 

Assessment, Home Study, and Fieldwork
Students are assessed termly by staff and they will be assessed in terms of progress towards their target grade. Home learning will be set regularly to support work completed in class.

Year 7 fieldwork studies take place at Exeter Central Business District in the spring, with a focus on the theme of settlement and map skills. A fieldwork study for Year 8 takes place at Paignton Zoo in the spring, with a focus on the theme of endangered species and sustainability.

Useful Resources
www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg
www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone

 

Year 9, 10 and 11|

All students study GCSE Geography and follow the B specification set out by the EDUQAS exam board.

Topic Overview
Theme 1 – Changing Places– Changing Economies. This includes; Urban and rural change, Leisure, Global cities and Development issues.
Theme 2 – Changing Environments. This includes; Rivers and coasts, Extreme weather and Climate Change.
Theme 3 – Environmental Challenges. This includes; Ecosystems, Water management and desertification.

Skills Developed
The subject specific skills that the students will develop include interpreting maps, spatial awareness, decision making, problem solving, and knowledge of places and environments at a variety of scales.

Assessment, Home Study and Fieldwork
Students are assessed using practice controlled assessments and past exam questions. Home study tasks using their knowledge organiser are set weekly. Students can complete a range of activities using their knowledge organisers. Examples of these are at the front of their knowledge organisers.
Fieldwork studies take place annually with locations changed to reflect the exam priorities.  Most recently they have included a trip to Bristol to compare spheres of influence, Slapton Sands to measure changes to the beach along a transect and Dartmoor to measure infiltration rates and Totnes to assess sustainability. In 2018 we ran our first joint Geography and Science residential to the island of Mallorca where we investigating various environments. This residential is due to happen again in the summer of 2020.

Assessment
There are 3 exams at the end of year 11:
1.         Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues (1hr 45mins- 40%)
2.         Component 2: Problem Solving Geography (1hr 30mins- 30%)
3.         Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry (1hr 30mins- 30%)

Useful Resources

bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs
gcsepod.com
senecalearning.com/dashboard
eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography