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CURRICULUM INTENT: GEOGRAPHY

Our aim is to inspire a love of learning in our geography students by covering a wide range of geographical topics within our schemes of work. In lessons students will be given the opportunity to be wowed by the diversity the world offers both culturally and physically.

We want our students to acquire the knowledge to appreciate and value the cultures and traditions of others, whilst developing an appreciation of democracy and British values. Within the Geography department we will promote excellence in academic growth through encouraging students to grapple intensely with the issues of a forever changing world.

river trip

 

Geography is a very important department within The Burgate School. 
It is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 and a very popular option subject for both GCSE and A level

Geography is unique in the way in which it gives students a perspective on their place in the World.  It stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places and helps make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.  It explains how places and landscape are formed, how people and the environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies and societies are interconnected.  The teaching of geography within the school finds unique links between the knowledge, understanding and skills that students learn from other departments in the school.  Literacy, numeracy and ICT, for example are all developed through the study of Geography while History, Economics, Business studies, Religious education and other subjects help provide a context and perspective on the topics that we study.

Geography is taught with an enquiry approach that encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, for the present and future.  These are much sought after transferable skills in the job market. Students learn to think spatially, using maps, visual images and new technologies including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, the environment and the sustainability of the planet.

 


 

GCSE

Geography is a very popular and successful subject at GCSE with 80% of students in the summer of 2018 achieving a grade 9-4.  We are particularly proud that we make geography accessible to students of all ability ranges.  Students are assessed in three papers:

1)        Living with the physical landscape (35%) 1 ½ hours

2)        Challenges in the human environment (35%) 1 ½ hours

3)        Geographical application, based on fieldwork conducted and geographical skills (30%)         1¼ hours


 

The Geography department is twinned with a school in southern Sri Lanka which was devastated in the 2004 Tsunami. 

Each year students from each school create a project which is then swapped with the other.  So far students at the two schools have shared work on the school and the local area, environmental issues, the Olympics, tourism, culture and National Parks.

Twinned School in Sri Lanka 

 


 

Geography Curriculum Guides

Year 7

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Geography of the UK

 Source analysis

Autumn 2

Development

 DME

Spring 1

Environment and sustainability

 Exam

Spring 2

Weather and climate

 Exam

Summer 1

Coasts and Rivers

Should Highcliffe be protected from coastal erosion?

Summer 2

Cold environments

Issue evaluation

Year 8

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

UK Geography

Source analysis

Autumn 2

Development and Industry

Skills test

Spring 1

Climatic hazards

DME

Spring 2

Settlement and regeneration

Exam

Summer 1

Urban fieldwork

Exam 

Summer 2

Eco systems

Exam question

 

Year 9 – AQA GCSE course starts

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Resource management DME

Exam Question

Autumn 2

The Challenge of natural hazards

GCSE exam style questions

Spring 1


The challenge of natural hazards


Exam 

Spring 2

Summer 1

Physical landscapes in the UK

GCSE exam style questions

Summer 2

Physical landscapes in the UK & Fieldwork

GCSE exam style questions

Year 10

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Physical landscapes in the UK

GCSE exam style questions

Autumn 2

The Living World

Tropical Rainforest

Hot Deserts

GCSE exam style questions

Spring 1

The Living World

Tropical Rainforest

Hot Deserts

 

Rainforest case study

Hot desert case study

 Spring 2

Urban Issues and challenges

LIC case study

Summer 1

Urban Issues and challenges

UK case study

Summer 2

Coastal fieldwork

Fieldwork write and exam questions

Year 11

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Regeneration fieldwork

Fieldwork write and exam questions

Autumn 2

Changing Economic world

Exam style questions

Spring 1

Changing Economic world

Exam style questions

Spring 2

Challenge of resource management

Pre-release preparation

Exam questions

Summer 1

Preparation for the exam

Exam questions


Sixth Form

Year 12

Specification:  Edexel

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

 Autumn

Tectonic Processes and Hazards

 

 

Globalisation

Students will be getting an essay to complete most weeks.  Each of these will be assessed using A level criteria.

The average grade from these will be used to give an overall Landmark grade that will be reported to parents

Spring

Coastal Landscapes and change

Regeneration

As above

 

Summer 1

Revision and preparation for the mock exam

 Exam essays and exam style questions

Summer 2

Water and Water insecurity

Superpowers

 Exam essays and exam style questions

 

Year 13

Specification:  Edexel

 

Unit Description

Learning Landmark

Autumn 1

Water cycle and water insecurity

Superpowers

Exam essays and exam style questions

Autumn 2

Water cycle and water insecurity

Superpowers

Exam essays and exam style questions

Spring  1

Carbon cycle and energy security Health, human rights and interventions or migration, identity and sovereignty

Exam essays and exam style questions

Spring  2

Carbon cycle and energy security Health, human rights and interventions or migration, identity and sovereignty

Exam essays and exam style questions

Summer

Revision

Revision