The Geography Department at Beaumont Leys School aims to inspire students with a curiosity about the world they live in. To do this we will explore places from all over the world, from the polar-regions, to the rainforest! Our Geography lessons contain a rich variety of sources including: photographs, maps and written text, to video clips and practical work. As such, each lesson has been carefully prepared to provide students with a dynamic learning experience: As we learn about new places, students will develop their understanding of the different geographical concepts: places, spaces, scales, time as well as natural resources and the need manage them sustainably. Throughout their studies students are encouraged to recognise the complex inter-relationships between the physical and human environments.
In order to facilitate their developing understanding of the world in which they live, a broad range of skills are taught. Students are encouraged to draw on their understanding of other curriculum areas, such as English, Mathematics, Science and History, and to apply skills developed in these subjects to their Geography learning.
At Key Stage 3 units are designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required by the Key Stage 3 Geography Programme of Study, from the National Curriculum.
The GCSE Geography course followed at Key Stage 4 is the OCR Geography A Specification.
KEY STAGE 3
During Key Stage 3 students have 2 lessons a week of Geography.
At Key Stage 3 students study Human and Physical Geography through a thematic approach. This approach enables students to develop their understanding of a wide range of processes, whilst increasingly recognising how pattern and processes are interdependent. The Key Stage 3 programme ensures students have the skills and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus at Key Stage 4. Progress at Key Stage 3 is measured using a range of assessments, including extended answers, exam style questions and presentations. This broad range of assessment styles ensures that all students are able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skill development within Geography.
- Introduction to Human and Physical Processes.
- Our World. Map skills
- Sustainability, Geography and Me
- The Day After Tomorrow (looking at natural disasters)
- Endangered Planet
- Places (Including the Sahel and Rio de Janiero)
- The Geography of Crime
- Mexico and the USA (A study of people and migration)
- Pole to Pole
- Population and Settlement
- Atmospheric Hazards (A computer based module looking at hurricanes)
During Year 9 there is an opportunity for 50 students to take part in an extremely popular geography residential trip to an outdoor activity centre on the North Norfolk Coast. Students take part in a range of outdoor pursuits activities whilst learning about Geography in the world around them.
KEY STAGE 4
During Key Stage 4, students have 3 lessons a week of Geography.
The OCR A Geography GCSE qualification helps put student on the path to becoming a Geography specialist by giving them the skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. The qualification covers:
- Extreme Environments (Focused on Deserts and Mountains)
- Population and Settlement
- Geographical Skills
The course has a balance of theoretical and practical work; it encourages an active involvement in the subject. The course is an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue Geography at A Level or as a career. However, it also enables students to develop many skills, such as graphicacy, field work, analysis skills and report writing which are useful for a broad range of academic studies as well as jobs.
Students are assessed through three assessed components:
- Geographical Enquiry (Controlled Assessment) 25%
- Contemporary Themes in Geography (Exam) 50%
- Geographical Skills (Exam) 25%
Students typically complete their controlled assessment in Year 11. It is based around a compulsory piece of field work which is normally carried out in the local area. This controlled assessment requires students to collect and analyse data, then draw a substantiated conclusion. The report is an extended piece of work with a 2000 word limit.
During Year 11 there is an opportunity for 50 students to go on a residential trip to an outdoor activity centre in the Peak District. The focus of this trip is on further developing students geographical skills.
Extra Year 11 revision classes are run from Easter time up until the GCSE exams, giving students an opportunity to practice their exam skills and review their knowledge and understanding of topics covered earlier in the course.
OCR A Geography GCSE Syllabus
Useful websites and sources of support
Students are encouraged to develop their general knowledge of the world around them.
BBC Bitesize (www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize) has a range of resources for both Keys Stage 3 and 4 which may be useful for improving understanding and revising.
The Met Office has a range of good case study material for Key Stage 4. (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/who/how/case-studies)
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