Geography

Subject Overview

Our curriculum incorporates - Young People’s Geography – drawing on their own experiences and concerns and making it relevant to them. Students are encouraged to make connections to themselves personally. Giving them confidence to take action and become active local and global citizens who can envision future scenarios.

Our curriculum embeds the need for future sustainable development in the management of issues at a range of scales.

We support students in developing high order cognitive skills such as problem solving and thinking skills in their Geography lessons.

We are helping students to explore and discover the world, valuing their own (young peoples) experiences.

It is our ambition to achieve all of the above by exciting; motivating and challenging our students.

Teaching and Learning

Students are taught Geography in mixed ability groups.

Year 7

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Module 1: No place like Home
  • Investigation of personal Geography
  • Introduction to Atlases, latitude and longitude
  • Exploring the characteristics of different settlements
  • Module 2: Fantastic Places
  • Students explore some of the world's fantastic places including:
  • TSvalbard
  • The South Downs
  • Dubai
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Moving Migration - A mini topic to examine Geographical trends in Population Distribution and the reasons why some people migrate.
  • Module 3: Money in my pocket
  • Investigations of the distribution of wealth and poverty across the world
  • Learning about the categories of economic activity
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Module 4: Electrifying Energy
  • Different energy sources and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Ways we can save energy
  • Module 5: Wonderful Weather
  • How we measure the weather
  • Air masses
  • Anticyclones
  • Rainfall
  • Assessed through a microclimate investigation. Where shall we put the Geography Bench?

    Year 8

    Terms 1 and 2

  • Module 6: Terrifying Tectonics
  • Using GIS to investigate patterns in the location of earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Understanding Plate boundaries
  • Investigating the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
  • Researching the reasons why people live on Plate boundaries
  • Module 7: Essential Ecosystems
  • Finding out what an ecosystem is
  • Investigating the tropical rainforest ecosystem
  • Find out why this essential ecosystem is under threat and what can be done to save it
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Module 8: Globalisation
  • Investigate the distribution of resources and manufacturing around the world
  • Find out where things are made and why
  • Consider who benefits the most from product manufacture
  • Play the trading game
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Module 9: Catastrophic Climate Change
  • Find out what is causing Climate Changes
  • Investigate what positive and negative effects may result
  • Examine how governments are responding to a global problem
  • Report on some of the local solution
  • Module 10: Cracking Crime
  • Unpick patterns in Crime
  • Consider the causes of Crime
  • Discover how Geography can help to reduce crime using maps and GIS
  • KS4 Course(s) offered
  • In Year 10 and 11 students are studying Geography and will be examined by the Eduquas Exam Board.
  • Year 9

  • Theme 1 – Challenges of Living in a built environment. This will have covered:
  • • Variation in quality of life and access to housing
  • • Access to services and changing service provision
  • • Urbanisation
  • • Rural Change and planning issues
  • • Planning Issues and the built environment
  • • How can rural environments be managed – due to pressure from visitors
  • Year 10

  • Theme 2 – Physical processes and relationships between people and environments. This includes:
  • • Coastal processes and coastal management
  • • River processes and landforms
  • • Weather and climate
  • • Ecosystems
  • • The issue of desertification
  • Year 11

  • Theme 3 - Uneven development and sustainable environments. This includes:
  • • Employment structures and opportunities
  • • The location of economic activities
  • • Economic activity and the environment
  • • Development
  • • Development issues and water
  • • Interdependence
  • Year 9 students starting the Geography GCSE will either be examined by AQA or OCRa. At the time of writing the exam boards have yet to have their specifications verified.

    Assessment

    Students being examined in 2016 and 2017 will have two terminal examinations. This is a tiered exam and so students will either complete the Foundation of Higher Tiered papers.

  • Unit 1 exam – Based on Themes 1 and 2 (30%)
  • Unit 2a exam - Theme 3 and Unit 2b exam – DME based on all three themes. (45%)
  • The controlled assessment completed in Year 10 is worth 25% of the final exam.

    Examinations have yet to be confirmed for students being examined in 2018.

    Homework

  • Homework is set Once a week in accordance with the homework timetable. Examples of homework tasks include:
  • • Practise exam questions
  • • Research in preparation for a given topic/issue
  • • Decision making tasks, to review and decide which option would be best in a given situation and to explain the choices made
  • Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework: https://peacehaven.showmyhomework.co.uk

    Teaching Staff

    Mrs Nicola Boyd, Head of Geography: nboyd@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Ms Beccy Pook, Teacher of Geography and Humanities: bpook@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Mr Colin Harris, Teacher of History and Humanities: charris@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Ms Lizzie Green, Teacher of Humanities: lgreen@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

    Notices

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    Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

    01273 581100
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