Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4
What will my child learn about in Geography this year? During the year students will develop knowledge and skills that explore the foundations of the subject. Students will explore the three key elements that make up the subject and look at a variety of local and international topics through various mediums ranging from map skills and photographic interpretation to graphical data analysis. In all instances students will lead the learning and work where practically in a collaborative manner while utilising new technologies such as school iPads and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Discovery Big idea: Finding out new things is a human driver and affects things for better and worse. In this unit students explore what physical, human & environmental geography is and consider their place and connections in the global community. They will learn skills in map work and interpretation while developing their use of literacy and numeracy through the subject Celebration Big Idea: There is value in recognising and observing special events through ritual and with joy and happiness. Students will celebrate the resource of water by exploring its movement around the world. We will appreciate the power water has to shape the natural world and look at the importance of rivers in the global community Creativity Big idea: Innovation happens when existing ideas are brought together or expressed in a new way. Student will explore local and international issues that face the world then explore the creative ways these problems can be overcome for a better and brighter future Balance Big idea: Things are more stable when different elements are in the correct or best possible proportions. Students will explore the locality through the Yorkshire Dales and see how they are managed in a balanced fashion for all to enjoy. The theme will further be underpinned internationally while studying the country of Australia. What type of homework will be set? Homework set will be set on a teacher by teacher basis to develop and/or consolidate learning that has occurred in the classroom. Where possible we will use extended tasks to give students an opportunity to explore the subject in a real and contemporary manner. How will my child be assessed in Geography this year? Students are continually assessed throughout the academic year. Assessment can take a variety of forms from discussion work and group tasks to written work completed within students exercise books. Students will be formally assessed up to 4 times and these occasions will be completed on paper and stored in student’s progress folders. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Regularly discuss your child’s learning in Geography at home. Consider and discuss the links the subject has to the real world and topical news items Look at the work completed in their books and encourage them through any homework tasks
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What will my child learn about in Geography this year? Students will explore a variety of local and international topics through various mediums ranging from map skills and photographic interpretation to graphical data analysis. In all instances students will lead the learning and work where practically in a collaborative manner while utilising new technologies such as school iPads and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Risk Big Idea: Progress involves exposing ourselves to, and considering the impact of, forms of danger, harm, uncertainty or opportunity. Students will develop a sense of the many natural hazards that we face both locally and internationally and consider the impact these can have on people and the planet. Interpretation Big Idea: Only a very few things are true for all people. Students will explore this theme by focusing on the continent of South America. Students will explore the world of the Amazon rainforest and consider concepts of sustainability of tourism in amazing places like Machu Picchu. Identity Big Idea: Our sense of self, and that of others, is continually developing through our different interactions and impacts on how we exist in the world. Students will explore this theme by looking at the continent of Africa. Students will consider development and barriers to improvement in certain countries while examining the connections we have with the continent. Structures Big Idea: Formal arrangements and relationships (structures) underpin or give organisation to complex issues. Students will examine the continent of North America through looking at the structure of the US. This will involve examination of is population structure and issues facing it. Beyond this students will look at the concepts of globalisation and consider the role transnational corporations (TNC’s) have in the world. What type of homework will be set? Homework set will be set on a teacher by teacher basis to develop and/or consolidate learning that has occurred in the classroom. Where possible we will use extended tasks to give students an opportunity to explore the subject in a real and contemporary manner. How will my child be assessed in Geography this year? Students are continually assessed throughout the academic year. Assessment can take a variety of forms from discussion work and group tasks to written work completed within students exercise books. Students will be formally assessed up to 4 times and these occasions will be completed on paper and stored in student’s progress folders. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Regularly discuss your child’s learning in Geography at home. Consider and discuss the links the subject has to the real world and topical news items Look at the work completed in their books and encourage them through any homework tasks
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What will I learn? The course will give you an overview of the world in the 21st century and the interaction of people with the planet. It will help you understand environmental and social issues and develop informed opinions about the problems facing us today. The course covers two units: Physical and Human Geography, which are taught through a variety of themes. Candidates will answer three questions, each one based on a theme from each unit. The themes will be studied at a variety of scales and chosen from: Physical Geography: The Restless Earth, Rocks, Resources and Scenery, Challenge of Weather and Climate, Living World, Water on the Land, Ice on the Land and The Coastal zone. Human Geography: Population Change, Changing Urban Environments, Changing Rural Environments, The Development Gap, Globalisation and Tourism. How will I be assessed? There are two written papers: Unit 1 and Unit 2 which are set in two tiers. The Foundation Tier (grades C-G) papers have short structured questions. The Higher Tier (grades A*-D) papers give candidates the opportunity to write more extended answers. Unit 1: Physical Geography lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is 37.5% of the marks. Unit 2: Human Geography lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is 37.5% of the marks. Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation is 25% of the marks. Primary and secondary data is collected for an investigation which is written in school. What could I move onto? Geography is a subject that can help you develop a wide range of skills including literacy, numeracy, team work, independent learning, problem solving, presentation, analysis, evaluation, graphical and cartographical and skills. These skills are sought by many employers. The subject content and skills can help you study Geography at A level and also many other subjects in the humanities and science. As a result, geographers study a wide range of subjects. Geography can be used as a stepping stone to a wide variety courses in Higher Education and many different careers; including environmental management, planning, law, surveying, education, accountancy, business social services, meteorology, engineering and GIS.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Geography A Links & Resources
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