Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of the units outlined below. These cover a range of geographical topics and skills.  There is an emphasis on developing both literacy and numeracy via extended writing, analytical and interpretive skills, and practical fieldwork skills (e.g. field trip to Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park in Year 8).  Students are also encouraged to develop their skills through non-verbal assessment including model-making.

Assessment: All assessments are completed in class under controlled conditions in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed early on in the unit.  These assessments are based on five Assessment Objectives (AOs) which have been devised from the GCSE specifications, a copy if which can be found in your child’s exercise book.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Geography is examined and assessed by AQA and we follow Specification A. Across the key stage, we study interesting and engaging topics that are relevant to today’s world.  Teaching not only gives students a deep understanding of the geographical content and skills, but also focuses heavily on examination technique and the answering of questions to provide students with the confidence in this area.  There is currently fieldwork undertaken (in Cambridge) in Year 10 to prepare for the Controlled Assessment write up.

Assessment: Geography is currently examined by controlled assessment (25%) and two examinations (physical and human worth 75%).  This applies to our current Year 10s and 11s.  This will change in the Spring term of 2016 when our current Year 9 students will begin to study for the new GCSE specification/course.  This is assessed by three examinations all taken in Year 11.  The table below details topics studied.

Overview of topics being studied

YearAutumnSpringSummer
7 Location, Location, Location Changing Coasts Planet Management
8 Should We Be Allowed To Go On Holiday? Tectonic Hazards Sport and Urban Regeneration
9 Population, Migration and Development The Living World (start new GCSE course) The Challenge of Natural Hazards (new GCSE course)
10 The Living World/Tourism (current GCSE course) Tourism/The Restless Earth (current GCSE course) The Restless Earth/ Controlled Assessment (current GCSE course)
11 Changing Urban Environments/The Coastal Zone (current GCSE course) The Coastal Zone/The Development Gap (current GCSE course) The Development Gap (current GCSE course)