Introduction to Geography at Plashet School

“Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees.”

Geography is a popular option choice at GCSE and A Level and is highly valued by employers, with studies into career entry after degree level regularly citing Geography as one of the top 3 most employable degree subjects.

At GCSE, the mix of human and physical geography, combined with a focus on graphical, statistical and cartographical skills means that Geography is the perfect bridge between science and maths based subjects and humanities based subjects such as history and sociology.

Curriculum Content

KS3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to give students a strong base with which to continually develop their practice of key cartographical, statistical, numerical, field work and evaluative skills. These are continually practiced and assessed through learning in Key Stage 3, which is currently divided into the following schemes of learning:

Year 7 – Map skills, unbelievable urban areas, hot deserts, coastal areas, amazing Africa

Year 8 – natural hazards, weather, climate and climate change, globalisation and Asia, the geographies of health

Year 9 – industrial location, population and urbanisation, rivers, flooding, ecosystems and the environment

KS4

GCSE Geography students will study the AQA specification. From September 2016, students will study a revised specification and we are still awaiting the details.

Students sitting exams in June 2016 and June 2017 will study the current AQA A specification and will study:
• The Restless Earth
• The Development Gap (current year 10 will study Population Change instead of this unit)
• The Coastal Zone
• Changing Urban Environments
• The Living World
• Tourism

GCSE students will undertake two field visits. The first is to Walton-on-the-Naze is in in the summer term of year 10. The second field visit explores urban issues in London.

The GCSE qualification consists of one piece of controlled assessment worth 25% of the final mark and two examinations, both worth 37.5%.

Useful Links

For More Information on the GCSE specification & for examples of GCSE Past Papers, use these links:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-9030-W-SP-14.PDF http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Useful revision websites include:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/AQA%20GCSE.htm

Contact Information

Please contact the school on info@plashet.newham.sch.uk for further information.

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