Geography

Subject Overview

Click here for a PDF of the Geography syllabus for each year group.

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.

Year 7

Autumn Spring Summer
• The equator, continents, countries and places
• A study of two regions -
Nigeria and Japan
• Population and urbanisation
• Weather and Climate
• Rocks, Weathering and Soil
• Geographical skills
• Hydrology and Coasts - East Sussex
• Glaciation
Curriculum Information

The geography curriculum is based on the national curriculum and will allow students to learn about in depth about two contrasting places, introducing the range of topics studied in geography. They will then study population and cities around the world before focussing on the natural geography of England and East Sussex.

Skills

Geographical skills such as ordnance survey maps will be taught in Spring term. Numeracy and literacy skills will be developed in each unit using a variety of data and sources. Students will be encouraged to use specialist language in lesson and expected to use this in class.

Geography is concerned with issues as well as knowing places and although this will be developed we will also show the range of views from people around the world and different solutions and opinions on environmental issues.

Additional websites, organisation and resources

• The course guide and revision guide is the CGP KS3 geography revision guide, this contains all topics for both Y7 and Y8 and be used for revision and catching up.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
• Countryfile – BBC1
• Documentaries of both human and physical world.

SMSC and British Values

In all geography lessons students will learn about the values of being a global citizen.  When studying other countries they will consider how people throughout the world are treated differently. During the population and urbanisation unit students will consider if the world could reach a population capacity and the moral dilemma faced with a rising population and it’s impact on the environment.

Students will often work as geographers in lessons, using teamwork and understanding the benefits of communities.

Year 8

Autumn Spring Summer
• The equator, continents, countries and places.
• Russia
• India
• China
• Middle East
• Natural Hazards
• Development studies
• Economic activity and use of natural resources.


• Economic activity and the environment
• Globalisation
Curriculum Information

The geography curriculum follows the national curriculum and in Year Eight students will start focussing on location and place knowledge of some of earths major regions. They will study natural hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes, as the year progresses students will explore how we as humans use the words resources and often create a disparity in quality of life.

Skills

Due to the global topics, students will be expected to use atlas and a range of data to draw conclusions. Students will also be expected to write clearly on a range of topics.

How can assist your child's progress

To assist you in helping your child we base our course around one revision guide, available for purchase at the office. Talking to your child and checking on homework is the most effective method of assisting progress. Discussing local and global news and watching programmes such as country file and documentaries.  We would also encourage out door learning locally on the coastline and the south downs national park.

We will send a parent feedback sticker with books once per half term for comments and praise of the work completed during the lessons.

Additional websites, organisation and resources

• The course guide and revision guide is the CGP KS3 geography revision guide, this contains all topics for both Y7 and Y8 and be used for revision and catching up.
• We suggest at Y8 students should be watching at least one news programme per week.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
• Countryfile – BBC1, Human planet,
• Documentaries of both human and physical world.

SMSC and British Values

In all geography lessons students will learn about the values of being a global citizen.  When studying other countries they will consider how people throughout the world are treated differently. Y8 focussing on global issues and will involve a number of prepared debates and moral questions on economic and social issues.

Students will develop an appreciation of cultures around the world and compare to our own. They will critically evaluate the role of British and international law on our society and choices.

Year 9

Autumn Spring Summer
• The equator, continents, countries and places.
• Deciduous Forest and Epping
• Tectonic Hazards
• Weather Hazards
• UK Weather
• Climate Change
• Managing Climate Change
• Coasts
• Coastal Management
• Fieldwork skills and investigation
• Rivers
Curriculum Information

Students in the first year of geography study the physical geography of the world and the UK. These units are all part of paper 1 and contain a large number of examples from the UK.  

Skills

Students need to use a range of mathematical and literacy based skills as well as the key geographical themes of knowledge, understanding and analysing information.

All students will be expected to read a range of maps, graphs and aerial photographs.

Homework

Homework will be set for 45 minutes per fortnight and will be focussed on recall, revision or preparation for examination question.

How can assist your child's progress

Students will all receive a knowledge organiser (the core knowledge of a unit) and a checklist of what they must know and understand. Please check these two documents regularly and quiz them on the content.

Parents are encouraged to talk with your child about geography lessons and link them to events in the news. Watching and allowing your child to explain the geography behind an issue will have the greatest impact on results.

Looking at your child’s book once per term and commenting on the quality and improvement over time in encouraged.

We recommend the purchase of the CGP AQA 1-9 Geography revision and practice revision guide.

Additional websites, organisation and resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography

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

SMSC and British Values

• Thinking about global citizenship
• Developing Empathy
• Comparing the UK to other places / global learning.

Assessment

Paper 1 is worth 33% of the final GCSE grade (examined in Y11) and in each lesson students will use the full range of questions expected in a exam from short answer response testing knowledge to 9 mark evaluation and analysis.

Students will be assessed with a series of exam question at least once every three lessons.

The students will have three mock papers in December, March and July.

Year 10

Autumn Spring Summer
• The equator, continents, countries and places
• Rivers
• Resource Management
• Water resources
• Urban issues
• Urban issues
• London
• Lagos
• Economic Change in the UK
• Economic Change in the UK
• Human Fieldwork investigation
Curriculum Information

Students will study the final module from unit 1 on rivers and recap the previous years learning. The rest of the year is based on the human geography paper (paper2), with several detailed case studies including Nigeria and the UK.

Skills

Students will use a range of maps and techniques and in the summer term complete the first fieldwork enquiry.

Students will learn how to use and apply case study examples.

SMSC and British Values

• Thinking about global citizenship
• Developing empathy
• Comparing the UK to other places / global learning.

How can assist your child's progress

Students will all receive a knowledge organiser (the core knowledge of a unit) and a checklist of what they must know and understand. Please check these two documents regularly and quiz them on the content.

Parents are encouraged to talk with your child about geography lessons and link them to events in the news. Watching and allowing your child to explain the geography behind an issue will have the greatest impact on results.

Looking at your child’s book once per term and commenting on the quality and improvement over time in encouraged.

We recommend the purchase of the CGP AQA 1-9 Geography revision and practice revision guide.

Additional websites, organisation and resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography

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

Assessment

Paper 2 is worth 33% of the final GCSE grade (examined in Y11) and in each lesson students will use the full range of questions expected in a exam from short answer response testing knowledge to 9 mark evaluation and analysis.

Students will be assessed with a series of exam question at least once every three lessons.

The students will have three mock papers in December, March and July.

Paper 3 is worth 33% of the final GCSE and this will be the mock exam in July, this includes fieldwork and pre-release information.

Year 11

Autumn Spring Summer
• Ecosystem Recap and revision
• Resource Management
• Resource Management: Water
• Paper 1 revision
• Paper 2 revision
• Pre Release topics
• Fieldwork Revision
• Examination
Curriculum Information

Students will complete the knowledge for all topics and complete fieldwork during October. They should spend the year learning and developing ready for the examination. Very little new content will be taught this year but new examples will need to apply to the examination.

Skills
Skills such as graphs and mapping will be practiced during homework, statistical techniques will be taught in lesson as students must work out averages and range in the main examination.
How can assist your child's progress

Students will all receive a knowledge organiser (the core knowledge of a unit) and a checklist of what they must know and understand. Please check these two documents regularly and quiz them on the content.

Parents are encouraged to talk with your child about geography lessons and link them to events in the news. Watching and allowing your child to explain the geography behind an issue will have the greatest impact on results.

Looking at your child’s book once per term and commenting on the quality and improvement over time in encouraged.

We recommend the purchase of the CGP AQA 1-9 Geography revision and practice revision guide.

Additional websites, organisation and resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography

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

SMSC and British Values

• Thinking about global citizenship
• Developing empathy
• Comparing the UK to other places / global learning.

Assessment

Each lesson will have an assessment question in and students will be shown how to complete each part of a question. Students will receive regular chances to practice and given full mock exams in November and February.

Case Study and Examples

In geography students must know and use a range of examples and case studies, these will be taught in class and added to the website over the 2017-18.

A named example: Students must know the key characteristics and information to respond to a short range of questions. They should be expected to know facts about the place including location.

A case study (Y10 and 11) : Students should have a deep understanding of the place, know a large range of facts and be able to answer questions directly related to this place. They should be able to recall a large amount of information and be able to write at length.

Named Example Case Study
• Epping Forest
• Somerset Floods
• Nepal and Japan Earthquakes
• Typhoon Haiyan
• River Flooding
• River management
• East Sussex Coastline – the ‘living coast’
• Gambia and tourism
• London – a developed city
• Lagos – an LIDC city
• Nigeria – an LIDC country
• The Amazon – a rainforest ecosystem
• Hot Desert
• A solution to water shortage

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

Mr Craig Ralston, Head of Faculty: CRalston@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

Laura Hughes, Head of History: LHughes@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
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

Need Help?

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

01273 581100
enquiries@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk