WHAT WE STUDY:
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 we deliver a rich foundation of varied topics embedded with key Geographical skills. The aim is to give our students a good understanding of the world we live in, how it has changed and continues to do so and what our role is as a global citizen. In addition to this, the Key Stage 3 curriculum provides the foundation of both knowledge and skills for the GCSE Geography course, which is one of the Humanities options when entering Year 9.
Key Stage 4
In years 9 – 11 we follow the Edexcel Geography B specification. This course is designed to be engaging and relevant to today’s geographers; it enables students to explore the world, the issues it faces and their own place in it. The following information demonstrates the variety of teaching and learning approaches adopted at Key Stage 4:
Enquiry-based learning – the content is framed by geographical enquiry questions that encourage an investigative approach to each of the key ideas. As part of this enquiry process, students are encouraged to use integrated geographical skills, including appropriate mathematics and statistics, in order to explore geographical questions and issues.
Provides an engaging real-world focus – students are encouraged to make geographical decisions by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to real-life 21st-century people and environment issues.
Engaging and manageable fieldwork – fieldwork environments are aligned with the core content of the course so that the experience of fieldwork can reinforce and enlighten learning in the classroom, and learning in the classroom can underpin learning in the field. Fieldwork tasks will bring geography to life.
Assessments that are accessible for all abilities – there are three externally examined papers that provide gradual progression in demand throughout the topics. Across all three assessments there is consistent use of 12 different command words so that students know what to expect.
Continuous progression – this GCSE course develops students’ knowledge and understanding of place, process and interaction by first introducing them to global issues and then to UK issues, including two fieldwork investigations. Building on this, via a decision making exercise, students will investigate a contemporary local, national or regional people and environment issues within a global setting, drawing on their wider knowledge and understanding from across the course.