At Ash Manor School our new Geography curriculum encompasses a range of topics to develop awareness of the world around us and the characteristics which make places across the world unique. We encourage students to question the world around them and experience the Geography that surrounds us all. We work to develop global citizens that have an awareness of world events and the impact that they have on our ever changing world.
Throughout the geography course we build on the geographical skills including problem solving, mapping and GIS, numeracy and literacy to ensure that students become resilient and independent learners.
We teach a range of topics throughout years 7-9 to engage and enthuse students and develop a love of learning about geography. We make our lessons fun, engaging and practical and wherever possible, get outside to experience and take part in fieldwork projects.
Year 7: Skills, Geography of the UK, Africa, Weather & Climate, Fieldwork project, Extreme Environments
Year 8: Development, Natural Hazards, Asia & China, Population & Urbanisation, Glaciation, Fieldwork
Year 9: Rivers, Ecosystems, Coasts, Weather & Climate, Globalisation, Resource Management
Each topic will be assessed with an extended piece of writing embedded in the scheme of learning which students will receive teacher feedback on as well as a grade. There will also be peer and self-assessed tasks regularly throughout the lessons. A formal, end of topic assessment will take place at the end of each scheme of learning in the format of tests, presentations, and extended written work and fieldwork projects.
Geography at GCSE
Examining Board: AQA
Whether it’s the devastation caused by a natural disaster on the other side of the world or how traffic is causing problems in Guildford, geographers are interested in what’s going on around them. In GCSE Geography, we investigate in more detail how our planet is changing and the story behind these changes. Students will learn about real places, both in the UK and further afield, and will be encouraged to think about how they would respond to the challenges we face. The planet in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare students for these changes.
This course highlights the critical importance of Geography for understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment.
Candidates are required to combine practical and theoretical study including GIS and remote sensing to obtain, present and analyse information.
Candidates will develop essential skills such as problem solving, literacy and numeracy, graphical, communication and technological skills. This course explores areas both within the human and physical world and students will understand the processes which have shaped our landscape and the impact people are having on our fragile environment.
Section 1 – Physical Geography: 1 hour 30 minutes written examination 35%
• Candidates will study the following units: Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK and The Living World.
Section 2 – Human Geography: 1 hour 30 minutes written examination 35%
• This paper consists of: Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management.
Section 3 – Issue Evaluation & Fieldwork: 1 hour 15 minute written examination 30%
• Students will complete fieldwork into both Human and Physical Geography outside of the school setting. They will then answer questions on fieldwork techniques. Students will also complete an issue evaluation task answering questions based upon pre-released material and sources from the exam board.
SKILLS DEVELOPED AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The GCSE course builds on the skills that students started to develop during Key Stage 3. Students learn and practise a wide range of skills including map interpretation, decision making, data interpretation, graphical, fieldwork and thinking skills. Students will become socially, economically and environmentally aware and will understand the growing importance of sustainability.
A GCSE in Geography is well-respected and is a sound entry requirement for any A Level or further education course. It is also very highly regarded by Higher Education establishments and future employers. Geographers enter many different areas of employment.
For more Information about Geography please speak to Miss A Raeburn,
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