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Geography

Year 7

  • The Year 7 Geography course comprises of three units of work covering: Geographical Skills, the Geography of the UK and a Country Study.
  • Across these three units pupils will study the following core areas of the KS3 National Curriculum: Change and continuity; Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, Geographical skills and fieldwork.
  • Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of reference books tailored to the course.
  • SEND support in Year 7 is coordinated by school SENCO, Mr. J. Naughton. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.
  • Pupils are offered the chance to attend an extra-curricular trip to Rivington in Bolton to broaden their Humanities understanding.
  • Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual Geography teachers. For prospective pupils who require attention content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.
  • Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department.
  • To support their learning in Year 7 pupils can access the Ordnance Survey website to support their development of essential map skills: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/education/index.html Additional OS map resources: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/leaflets/map-reading-made-easy-peasy.pdf
  • Additional support can be found on the BBC Bitesize website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg

Year 8

  • The Year 8 Geography course comprises of three units of work covering: Rivers and Flooding, Natural Disasters, Population and a Country Study.
  • Across these three units pupils will study the following core areas of the KS3 National Curriculum: Change and continuity; Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, Geographical skills and fieldwork. These skills are extended and developed from those they practiced in Year 7.
  • At the end of Year 8, pupils have the opportunity to decide whether to continue to study History or Geography at GCSE level, beginning in Year 9.
  • Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of reference books tailored to the course.
  • SEND support in Year 8 is coordinated by school SENCO, Mr. J. Naughton. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.
  • Pupils are offered the chance to attend an extra-curricular trip to Quarry Bank Mill to broaden their Humanities understanding.
  • Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual history teachers. For prospective pupils who require attention content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.
  • Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department.
  • Additional support can be found on the BBC Bitesize website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrw76sg

Year 9

  • In Year 9 the pupils begin to study the content required for their AQA GCSE Geography. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.
  • The GCSE Geography content comprises the following elements:
  • Living with the physical environment

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

  • Section B: The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications

  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork

Geographical skills

  • Geographical skills
  • The course is assessed using the following criteria as laid out by the examination board:
  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales (15 %).
  • AO2: Demonstrate geographical understanding of: concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes (25 %).
  • AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements (35 %, including 10 % applied to fieldwork context(s)).
  • AO4: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings (25 %, including 5 % used to respond to fieldwork data and context(s)).
  • During Year 9 pupils will study the challenge of natural hazards, physical landscapes in the UK and will embark on a piece of fieldwork investigating coastal processes at Fleetwood.
  • Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of reference books tailored to the course. Where appropriate, additional intervention will be provided by the Geography staff in instances where pupils are experiencing difficulties with their studies.
  • SEND support in Year 9 is coordinated by school SENCO, Mr. J. Naughton. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate. At GCSE level this often takes the form of additional revision guides and masterclass experiences.
  • Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual Geography teachers. For prospective pupils who require attention content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.
  • Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department. Additional information including the course specification can be found at the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
  • To support their learning in Year 9 pupils can access the BBC Bitesize revision website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zy3ptyc
  • Revision guides are also available at: https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_gcse_geography.book_GAS41

Year 10

  • In Year 10 the pupils continue to study the content required for their AQA GCSE Geography.
  • The GCSE Geography content comprises the following elements:

Living with the physical environment

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications

  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork

Geographical skills

  • Geographical skills
  • The course is assessed using the following criteria as laid out by the examination board:
  •  AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales (15 %).
  • AO2: Demonstrate geographical understanding of: concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes (25 %).
  • AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements (35 %, including 10 % applied to fieldwork context(s)).
  • AO4: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings (25 %, including 5 % used to respond to fieldwork data and context(s))
  • During Year 10 pupils will study the living world, urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and will take part in a fieldwork study based on urban regeneration at the Salford Quays.
  • Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of reference books tailored to the course. Where appropriate, additional intervention will be provided by the Geography staff in instances where pupils are experiencing difficulties with their studies.
  • SEND support in Year 10 is coordinated by school SENCO, Mr. J. Naughton. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate. At GCSE level this often takes the form of additional revision guides and masterclass experiences.
  • Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual Geography teachers. For prospective pupils who require attention content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.
  • Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department. Additional information including the course specification can be found at the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
  • To support their learning in Year 10 pupils can access the BBC Bitesize revision website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zy3ptyc
  • Revision guides are also available at: https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_gcse_geography.book_GAS41

Year 11

  • In Year 11 the pupils continue to study the content required for their AQA GCSE Geography.
  • The GCSE Geography content comprises the following elements:

Living with the physical environment

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications

  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork

Geographical skills

  • Geographical skills
  • The course is assessed using the following criteria as laid out by the examination board:
  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales (15 %).
  • AO2: Demonstrate geographical understanding of: concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes (25 %).
  • AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements (35 %, including 10 % applied to fieldwork context(s)).
  • AO4: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings (25 %, including 5 % used to respond to fieldwork data and context(s)).
  • During Year 11 pupils will study the changing economic world, the challenge of resource management and issue evaluation.
  • Students will spend the remainder of the year consolidating their learning of all topics that have been studied since Year 9. This will include regular homework and class assessments as well as Pre Public Examinations.
  • Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of reference books tailored to the course. Where appropriate, additional intervention will be provided by the Geography staff in instances where pupils are experiencing difficulties with their studies.
  • SEND support in Year 11 is coordinated by school SENCO, Mr. J. Naughton. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate. At GCSE level this often takes the form of additional revision guides and masterclass experiences.
  • Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual Geography teachers. For prospective pupils who require attention content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.
  • Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department. Additional information including the course specification can be found at the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
  • To support their learning in Year 11 pupils can access the BBC Bitesize revision website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zy3ptyc
  • Revision guides are also available at: https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_gcse_geography.book_GAS41

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