Geography

Key Stage 3 Geography

Students have 3 lessons per fortnight of Geography.

Topics Studied Include:

  • Map skills
  • Global Links
  • Climate Change and Global warming
  •  River processes and landforms
  • Trade and development

Assessment:

Each topic has an assessment during the end of each unit. Students will be given a National Curriculum level based on this assessment and their work during the unit as well as targets to help them improve towards the next level. Staff will discuss their assessment with students and their next steps towards their targets will be recorded in their planners.

Homework:
Homework is set once a fortnight (in line with the College Homework Timetable) and takes the form of short pieces such as research which should take half an hour to do; or longer project pieces which will be set over a number of weeks.

Homework information can be found on Show My Homework.

Field work:

How can Cranbourne be improved with £30,000?

This is an enquiry based on the school site done during a suspended timetable day or during lessons. It introduces students to undertaking enquiries in Geography and allows them to experience the whole process of writing up an enquiry. During some lessons, students will collect data around the school site. During subsequent Geography lessons they will be guided on how to write their enquiry up.

More information on the field work can be found here closer to the time.

Students have 3 lessons per fortnight of Geography.

Topics Studied Include:

  • Hazards
  • Weather and Climate
  • Hurricanes
  • Britain’s Changing climate
  • Coastal processes and landforms
  • Africa

Assessment:

Each topic has an assessment during the end of each unit. Students will be given a National Curriculum level based on this assessment and their work during the unit as well as targets to help them improve towards the next level. Staff will discuss their assessment with students and their next steps towards their targets will be recorded in their planners.

Homework:
Homework is set once a fortnight (in line with the College Homework Timetable) and takes the form of short pieces such as research which should take half an hour to do; or longer project pieces which will be set over a number of weeks.

Homework information can be found on Show My Homework.

Field work:

Year 8 will be taking part in an off-site enquiry based in Top of Town, Basingstoke on either a school day or suspended time table day. It allows students to develop the data collection and write-up skills introduced in Year 7.

Help in writing their enquiry up is given in class

More information on the field work can be found here closer to the time.

The Year 8 Option process:
Students may be given the opportunity to take Geography at the end of Year 8 into Year 9.
More information on the Year 8 option process will be available in the Spring Term of Year 8.

Students have 5 lessons per fortnight of Geography.

Topics Studied Include:

  • Brazil and the tropical rainforest
  • Sustainable cities
  • Extreme Environments
  • Population studies
  • Urban issues

Assessment:

Each topic has an assessment during the end of each unit. Students will be given a National Curriculum level based on this assessment and their work during the unit as well as targets to help them improve towards the next level. Staff will discuss their assessment with students and their next steps towards their targets will be recorded in their planners.

Homework:
Homework is set once a week (in line with the College Homework Timetable) and takes the form of short pieces such as research which should take half an hour to do; or longer project pieces which will be set over a number of weeks.

Homework information can be found on Show My Homework.

Field work:

Year 9 will be taking part in an off-site enquiry based at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on either a school day or suspended time table day. It allows students to develop the data collection and write-up skills introduced in Year 7 and 8.

More information on the field work can be found here closer to the time.

The Year 9 Option process:
Students will be given the opportunity to take Geography at the end of Year 9 as a GCSE Course Further information on the course can be found below and further information on the Options process will be available during the Spring Term in Year 9.

GCSE Geography

Students can opt to take Geography at the end of Year 9. Students follow the OCR B Geography  for Enquiring Minds (9-1) syllabus which can be found at the link: www.ocr.org.uk

Students cover the following topics during their GCSE

Paper 1; Our Natural World

  •  Global Hazards
  •  Changing Climate
  •  Distinctive Landscapes
  •  Sustaining Ecosystems
  •  Fieldwork
  •  Geographical Skills

Paper 2; People and Society

  • Urban Futures
  • Dynamic Development
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Resource Reliance
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 3; Geographical Exploration

  • Geographical Skills
  • Decision Making Exercise

Homework:
This is set weekly (in line with the College Homework policy) and can be research on places studied in lessons, past questions or preparation for future lessons. It is expected that students will spend 45 minutes in each piece of homework or longer if they are set an extended piece of work over a number of weeks.  Homework information can also be found on Show My Homework.

On-going Assessment:
Students will be assessed during the course using practice exam papers and graded according to GCSE grades.
They will be given targets to help improve to the next grade.

Mock Exams:
Students will be expected to sit Mock exams in the Spring Term of Year 10 and the Autumn Term of Year 11. These will be previous GCSE papers and resources and students will sitall the three papers.

GCSE Geography is made up of 3 components:

Paper 1; Our Natural World

This is worth 70 marks and makes 35% of the final GCSE Grade and assesses all of the topic areas. It is an external exam sat at the end of Year 11.

The written exam uses a resource booklet as a basis for the questions on the paper and students are required to use the information in the booklet as well as their own knowledge to answer the questions.

Paper 2; People and Society

This is worth 70 marks and makes 35% of the final GCSE Grade and assesses all of the topic areas. It is an external exam sat at the end of Year 11.

The written exam uses a resource booklet as a basis for the questions on the paper and students are required to use the information in the booklet as well as their own knowledge to answer the questions.

Paper 3; Geographical Exploration

This is worth 60 marks and makes 30% of the final GCSE Grade and assesses all of the topic areas. It is an external exam sat at the end of Year 11.
The written exam uses a resource booklet as a basis for the questions on the paper and students are required to use the information in the booklet as well as application of their geographical skills and their own knowledge to answer the questions and make a decision about how to develop a particular place sustainably.

The field work unit is done during the course of year 10 and 11 and is a piece of Fieldwork. Students collect and analyze data (which they have collected themselves) and is based on any of the topics studied during the course.

Leavers will be completing a piece of work on the coast at West Wittering and East Head.  Further information on East Head can be found on the Chichester Harbour Conservancy website: www.conservancy.co.uk/learn/places/easthead

Exam Information;
It is a written exam with a series of questions based on students prior knowledge as well as their interpretation of different resources given to them in the exam. Some parts of each question is based on a case study which students cover during the course.

Revision help is always available from the teachers and the study packs circulated at Year 11 parents evening.

More information can be found on the OCR website:
www.ocr.org.uk

Mr Gahdinga, Head of Department
a.gahdinga@cranbourne.hants.sch.uk