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Geography

Geography

Year 7 to 9

The Year 7 to 9 specification can be divided into 3 broad themes – the Atmosphere, the Shape of the Earth and Human Activities. We look at how these 3 themes are linked together. Throughout the specification we make use of maps, graphs and diagrams to illustrate the work. We make use of the most up to date data whenever possible.

 

YEAR 7

THE WORLD – we look at where the continents and oceans can be found. The girls also learn about latitude and longitude and why they are important.

THE LOCAL AREA – we look at the growth of the Medway Towns and contrast the Kent area with the Lake District in Cumbria.

FOOTBALL – we use football to explore such issues as child labour and the use of greenfield/brownfield sites

RIVERS – we look at how rivers change the landscape as they flow over it and the landforms they produce. Also we look at how they flood and what people do to prevent flooding.

WEATHER IN BRITAIN – we look at the factors that affect the temperature and precipitation around the British Isles.

SETTLEMENT – we look at the reasons behind settlement location and why some settlements grow while others do not.

 

YEAR 8

CLIMATE IN EUROPE – we look at the 5 different climatic types found across Europe and how they affect human activity.

COASTS – we look at how wave change the coastline as they crash into it and the landforms they produce. Also we look at how they erode the land and what people do to prevent this erosion.

ECOSYSTEMS – we look at how animals and the non-living environment fit together to create different types of ecosystem. We look specifically at Tropical Rainforests, Savannah lands and Hot Deserts.

EUROPEAN UNION – we look at the growth of the EU and the differences between the member states.

 

YEAR 9

ROCKS AND LANDSCAPE – we look at granite, chalk and limestone landscapes and see how people make use of them.

AFRICA – we look at Africa as it is the poorest continent on the planet. We seek to find explanations as to why progress towards development has been so slow here.

EXTREME WEATHER – we look at the causes of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and droughts, and how people react to them.

POLLUTION – we look at how people have been abusing the planet for the last 50 years and the consequences of this for future generations.

 

GCSE Geography (OCR B)

GCSE Geography will enable you to:
 

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of how the natural and human worlds work.

  • Understand how human activity is linked to the natural world and how this can have both positive and negative consequences.

  • Develop an understanding of where places are and why they can be found there.

  • Develop and apply your learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out of classroom learning.

  • Develop and apply skills learned in other subjects to real life situations.

 

In addition, Geography will allow you to develop a wide range of skills that are required in the workplace:

 

  • Communication skills

  • Graphical and cartographical skills

  • ICT and geographic information systems

  • Interpersonal skills through debate and discussion

  • Literacy and numeracy

  • Problem solving skills

  • Entrepreneurial skills and an awareness ofcareer opportunities

     

    Assessment

    100% examination

     

    Fieldwork

    Students will undertake two separate field studies to cover both a natural environment and a human environment. Both of which will have questions related to them in the examinations.

     

    Course Structure

    Unit 1: Our natural World

    Assessed by written examination (35%)

    In this unit we study Global Hazards, Changing Climates, Distinctive Landscapes and Sustaining Ecosystems.

    Students will also answer questions about the Physical Geography field study that they would have undertaken

     

    Unit 2: People and Society

    Assessed by written examination (35%)

    In this unit we study Urban Futures, Dynamic Development, UK and the 21st Century and Resource Reliance. 

    Students will also answer questions about the Human Geography field study that they would have undertaken

     

    Unit 3: Geographical Exploration (30%)

    Assessed by written examination.  The exam will assess geographical skills such as cartography, graphics and ICT that are integral to the course and are found in all aspects of the work. It also includes a decision making exercise where students are provided with a set of resources and asked questions based around their understanding of these.