Geography

For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

Welcome to the

Geography Department

Our Vision

In Geography we strive to develop independent, confident learners who develop the skills, strategies and understanding for life-long learning and develop a passion for the world around them.

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future.” – Michael Palin

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Curriculum

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)
Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

For the Geography GCSE we are using the AQA board:

GCSE Geography (8035)

Assessment

In KS3 assessment is carried out in several form including developing graphicacy skills, extended writing, handling data and analysing conflicting views and solutions. All assessments are linked to KPI’s which are displayed on student’s flightpaths in the front of their books. This can then be updated with evidence from assessments throughout the year as well as evidence seen in classwork. Students are expected to complete feed forward activities regularly, where they reflect on their successes and act on areas for development.

In KS4 students are assessed based upon GCSE marking criteria. KS3 knowledge and understanding is extended and tested through knowledge recall tests and past paper questions in lessons and for independent learning tasks. There is a big emphasis on case study knowledge, so retaining this is crucial. Current Year 11 students are also assessed on a piece of controlled assessment, which makes up 25% of their overall grade. Student’s progress is tracked on their assessment log which can be found in the front of their books. This highlights strengths and areas for development across different topics. At KS4 students are also expected to complete regular feed forward activities in order to reflect on their strengths and act on areas for development.

Terminal exams are sat across the year groups during the summer term, with the exception of Year 11 who take part in mock exams in November and February.

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

All students are entitled to:

  • A positive, safe learning environment that encourages the sharing of work within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
  • Explore misconceptions about the world and their environment.
  • Be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and take risks!
  • Experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and opportunities to develop their geographical thinking whilst reflecting upon their own learning and development.
  • Opportunities to learn outside the classroom highlighting the relevance of the curriculum to the real world.
  • Support in being able to structure well developed pieces of geographical writing.