Geography

Staff

Mrs C. Kinnear - Teacher i/c Geography

Miss G. Brown 

Departmental Christian Value: Courage

About the Course

 

In the Geography Department we have COURAGE.  We have courage to challenge ideas, ask questions and make bold predictions about the future. We aim to empower our Geographers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to make a difference.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore". —Lord Chesterfield

 At this point in the Earth’s history, the subject of Geography has never been more relevant. We need to ensure CPS Geographers are able to understand and appreciate the complex relationship between man and the environment, and that this understanding empowers them in their responsibilities of global citizenship.

We believe that the knowledge, understanding and skills delivered through our Geography curriculum will allow students to:

Use their knowledge to make a difference in the world

Challenge ideas

Be a skilful Geographer

For those ending their Geography journey at the end of Key Stage 3, we hope to develop a curiosity about people and places that will lead them on journeys across the world. At a time when the world has never been more connected, we aim to help our students understand their vital place within it.

Success will ultimately be measured in the long term, as our Geographers make their individual footprints on the Earth.

At CPS we have created a Key Stage 3 curriculum appropriate for our learners. It focuses on their local environment in Year 7 and progresses through to an understanding of the wider world by the end of Year 9. There is a balance between physical and human geography topics and, wherever possible, topics are linked to whole-school initiatives (for 2019/20, we are focusing on our WaterAid project in Rwanda).  

 

Key Stage 3 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer 

Year 7

  •  My World
  • Passport to the World 

 

  • Food to Fork

 

 

  • Adventures on My Doorstep

 

Year 8

  •  Tectonics
  • 7 Billion & Counting

 

  • Country Comparisons

 

  • Wild Weather

Year 9

  • Fortune & Famine
  • Water, Water Everywhere
  • Extreme Environments

 

  • The Ends of the Earth

 

Key stage 4 - GCSE

Students opt to study geography in Years 10 and 11. They follow AQA Specification  "A”, which includes three written exams at the end of the course:

  1. Living with the Physical Environment
  2. Challenges in the Human Environment
  3. Geographical Applications

This course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes, and investigates the links between them. Students will explore case studies in the UK, newly emerging economies and lower income countries.

Paper 1 topics include Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK, and Ecosystems.

Paper 2 topics include Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and Resource Management.

Paper 3 includes a pre released Issue evaluation (problem solving) task, and questions based on two geographical enquiries, from two fieldwork visits in contrasting environments.  Geographical skills are assessed throughout the whole course.

Assessment & Homework

Key Stage 3

Students in key stage 3, will be given homework every week. The homework will be from a variety of tasks including written tasks, research, group work and preparation for assessments and tests. At the end of each topic and sometimes during, teachers will give students a variety of different assessments to check understanding and learning and to assess progress of each individual student. The assessment results will be given to students and students will be advised on how to improve their levels. The results will also help teachers to write reports to parents.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Students studying GCSE geography will be given suitable homework tasks every week.   In preparation for the actual GCSE exams, students will undertake practice GCSE exam questions after every topic as a formal assessment to check progress and understanding in each mini topic.