Year 7

Year 8

What Will I Learn?

Year 8 covers a variety of topics covering both Human and Physical Geography, and considers some of the major issues facing the world. These include a focus on places such as China where we look at issues relating to world population growth and in the resources unit we look at issues like recycling and our role as global citizens.

How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in Geography. These include project and group work, presentations, Problem- solving tasks, as well as more formal written assessments.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Geography lessons are planned to give a wide variety of activities to develop a range of skills and cater for different learning styles. Students will be asked to work individually, in pairs or as a part of a larger group.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

In Y8 we aim to get students looking at issues in a wider global context. This enables them to develop their ability to look at problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, and work on their skills of evaluation and justification.

Year 9

What Will I Learn?

Year 9 covers a variety of topics covering both Human and Physical Geography. These include a focus on places such as Japan where we look at how technology may enable us to overcome some of our problems. We also look at global issues like Poverty and Inequality, as well as the hazards posed by Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in Geography. These include project and group work, presentations, Problem- solving tasks, as well as more formal written assessments.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Geography lessons are planned to give a wide variety of activities to develop a range of skills and cater for different learning styles. Students will be asked to work individually, in pairs or as a part of a larger group.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

In Y9 we aim to get students to understand the complexity of the world in which we live and be able to explain why those differences exist. Complexity is a key concept students need to be able to progress through to GCSE geography in Y10.

Year 10

What Will I Learn?

Y10 contains a mixture of Human and Physical Geography topics. These include Weather & Climate, MEDC Urban issues, coasts and World Development.

How Will I Be Assessed?

There are no exam based assessments in this year but students will have lots of exam question practice and their write up of case studies will be assessed against GCSE grade criteria.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Geography lessons are planned to give a wide variety of activities to develop a range of skills and cater for different learning styles. Students will be asked to work individually, in pairs or as a part of a larger group. Activities are designed to give students the depth of knowledge and skills to maximise their achievement.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Many of the key ideas and terminology developed in Y10 is the foundation of the topics covered in Y11. The knowledge gained in Y10 is assessed in the Exams at the end of Y11.

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

Y11 contains a mixture of Human and Physical Geography topics. These include Ecosystems with a focus on Tropical Rainforests, LEDC Urban issues, and Rivers. This year will also include the Controlled Assessment element of their course.

How Will I Be Assessed?

In this year they will complete their one piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25% of their final grade in the Autumn term.
At the end of the year they will have 2 exams:

  • CROSS UNIT PROBLEM SOLVING EXERCISE (45%): this exam is designed to test the skills developed over the course, e.g. map reading and data analysis.
  • KNOWLEDGE EXAM (30%): this examines the knowledge and case studies learnt throughout the course

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Geography lessons are planned to give a wide variety of activities to develop a range of skills and cater for different learning styles. Students will be asked to work individually, in pairs or as a part of a larger group. Activities are designed to give students the depth of knowledge and skills to maximise their achievement.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The skills developed at GCSE are useful for a variety of subjects as students deal with information from a variety of types of source materials and from different perspectives. The knowledge and skills are the basis for success at A-level Geography as it builds upon the topics covered.

A-level Geographers are sort after for their ability to evaluate information and real world problem solving skills.