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Geography Core Knowledge

Yr 7 core knowledge and homework booklet Sept 2019

Yr 8 core knowledge and homework booklet Sept 2019

Yr 9 core knowledge and homework booklet Sept 2019

GCSE core knowledge paper 1 Sept 2019

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GEOGRAPHY

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 students will follow a programme of study that includes some ‘tried and tested’ units as well as new innovative units.  The aim of the programme is to give students the necessary skills to follow the subject at GCSE.  In addition, the programme is designed to promote more independence in learning as students move through key stage 3.

Year 7: Students study three specific ecosystems, with a focus on hot and cold environments and the tropical rainforest.  A trip to Kew Gardens is offered to complement this unit.  Weather is the next unit, featuring fieldwork in the school grounds and the summer term of year 7 focuses on the topical issue of climate change. In addition, there is a strong focus on map skills.

Year 8 geography begins with a study of international development, which incorporates a range of development issues including migration, globalization, rights to natural resources and economic activity in China.  A study of urban environments comes next, particularly focusing on population and settlement in India.  A decision making trip to Gressenhall Rural Life Museum is run in the spring term, inviting students to consider arguments for and against a proposed housing development.  Physical geography forms the remainder of year 8, with studies into earthquakes, volcanoes, and coasts.

The course is assessed using end of topic assessments, which include core knowledge, interpreting sources (i.e. maps, graphs and photos) and a mixture of short and long answer questions.  There will also be an end of year exam, which covers the units studied during the year. 

Year 9 Foundation Year

Year 9 is a foundation year for GCSE and is designed to prepare students for the next stage of their learning in geography. 

The programme of study is based around supporting students with the ‘GCSE geographical applications’ paper. This paper involves fieldwork skills and a pre released decision-making exercise from the Exam board. Students will take part in Fieldwork in Wroxham and on the River Glaven to support them with fieldwork skills. In addition, decision-making exercise on whether to build a reservoir in Oxfordshire is incorporated into the course to give them a flavor of the pre released aspect of the exam. Students will also spend a significant amount of time focusing on geographical skills, which are essential for GCSE geography.

The year 9 course is assessed through GCSE level exam questions; which will require a combination of knowledge and geographical skills to be included. 

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA syllabus.    

The AQA GCSE in geography comprises of four units:

Living with the Physical Environment

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places.  The unit is split into three parts:

Part 1: Natural hazards including tectonics, weather and climate change. 

Part 2: Ecosystems including tropical rainforests and hot deserts. 

Part 3: Physical landscapes in the UK including coasts and rivers.

Challenges in the Human Environment

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change.  They are studied in a variety of places at various levels of development.  The unit is split into 3 parts:

Part 1: Urban issues and challenges. 

Part 2: Changing economic world. 

Part 3: Challenge of resource management including food and energy.

Geographical Applications

This unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study.  This unit is split into two parts: 

  • Part 1: Evaluation of geographical issues requiring students to problem solve and think critically
  • Part 2: Fieldwork. Students will undertake two local geographical enquiries in contrasting environments to develop understanding of fieldwork skills and both physical and human geography.

Geographical skills also form a significant part of the GCSE; including map, graph and numeracy skills.

The course is linear and can be studied on either a one-year or two year route.  100% of the course is assessed through three exams taken at the end of the course.  The course will offer fieldwork opportunities to complement the course and prepare students for the exams.