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Geography

Miss Smith

Key Stage 3

Students will extend their knowledge of the world’s countries and their physical and human features. They will be able to explain how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that are dynamic and change over time. Our Geographers should be aware of complex geographical systems in the world around them and begin to ask questions about challenges and solutions to geographical issues.

Geographers at New College Leicester will develop a greater awareness of, and competence in using, geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts (such as models and theories) and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting various data sources. Through doing this students will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial environmental understanding.

Students will be introduced to a wide variety of issues facing our environment and develop ways to describe, explain, analyse and evaluate these topics including; climate change, immigration, population increase, resource consumption, urbanisation and sustainability. As part of the spiritual moral, social and cultural development students will have opportunities engage in discussions and activities which highlight the diversity of the world in which they live and learn about various societies, cultures and belief systems which exist/existed during their lessons.

Geography’s plans throughout each year group.

An outline of what students will study during their time at New College Leicester throughout Key Stage 3 is set out in the table below. Year 7 Geography is taught as part of Humanities and is shown:

 

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term 1 What is Geography – Investigating our local area – Location and map skills A world of borders – Investigating migration and population change
Autumn Term 2 Hydrology – The importance of water
Trip – Thornton Reservoir (Introduction to fieldwork)
Globalisation and development – The geography of my stuff
Spring Term 1 Settlements and sustainability – The UK Extreme environments – The most extreme places on Earth
Spring Term 2 Changing urban areas – Diverse Cities – The world Living off Earth’s resources – Resource consumption
Trip – London (Developing fieldwork skills)
Summer Term 1 Geohazards – Climate and tectonics Diverse landscapes – Exploring Asia
Summer Term 2 Decision making skills Skills for GCSE – Introducing field work

 

Geography lessons – Information about what students will be taught in their Geography lessons.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9, 10 and 11 students studying GCSE Geography will be studying the Edexcel Geography B specification (1GB0).

What to expect – Information for parents and students to help you understand what is covered on the GCSE course:

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term 1 Introducing global geographical issues
Hazardous Earth – Plate tectonics (earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis)
The UKs evolving physical landscape – Coastal change and conflict – Investigating coastal areas
Physical fieldwork
GCSE skills: Writing geographically
Thinking geographically
Data interpretation and maths skills
Topic 1 – Hazardous Earth
Topic 2 – Development dynamics
Topic 3 – Challenges of an urbanising world
Autumn Term 2 Hazardous Earth – Climate (Climate change and tropical storms) Development dynamics – Measuring development Revision technique and exam practice
Writing geographically
Thinking geographically
Data interpretation and maths skills
Topic 4 – Coastal change
Topic 5 – Dynamic urban areas
Topic 6 – Review geographical investigations
Spring Term 1 People and the biosphere
Trip – Eden Project. ‘Making Links’ to the importance of the biosphere
Challenges of an urbanising world – Investigating cities Exam skills – Preparing for success
Paper 1 – Global geographical issues
Topic 1 – Hazardous Earth
Topic 2 – Development dynamics
Topic 3 – Challenges of an urbanising world
Spring Term 2 Introducing UK geographical issues
Consuming energy resources – Sustainable living
The UKs evolving human landscape – Investigating dynamic urban areas
Human fieldwork
Exam skills – Preparing for success
Paper 2 – UK geographical issues
Topic 4 – Coastal change
Topic 5 – Dynamic urban areas
Topic 6 – Review geographical investigations – Fieldwork, data collection, presentation and analysis
Summer Term 1 Introducing people and the environment issues – Making geographical decisions
Forests under threat – Deforestation and conservation
The UKs evolving human landscape – Investigating changing rural areas Exam skills – Linking resources, making a decision and thinking sustainably
Paper 3 – People and the environment issues – making geographical decisions
Exam skills – Preparing for success
Revision technique and exam confidence
Summer Term 2 Considering the future – Sustainable decision making Geographical investigation and decision making Revision – Paper 1, 2 and 3

 

Year 9 and 10 Revision Support and Resources:

Here are some useful books that can be purchased for Year 9 and 10 geographers studying for the Edexcel Geography B (9-1):

Student work book

Student revision guide

Below are some useful documents giving information on Geography topics for Year 9 and 10 students studying for the Edexcel Geography B (9-1):

Topic 1 Hazardous Earth.
Topic 2 Development Dynamics.
Topic 3 Challenges of an Urbanising World.
Topic 4 UK Evolving Physical Landscape.
Topic 5 UK Evolving Human Landscape.
Topic 7 People and the biosphere, Topic 8 Forests under threat and Topic 9 Consuming energy resources.

Paper 1 Development Dynamics Case study – India booklet

Year 10 student GCSE help booklet

 

Year 11 Revision Support and Resources:

Below are some useful information sheets and revision questions for Year 11:

Paper 1 Development Dynamics Case study – India booklet

Coastal Fieldwork – Hunstanton booklet.
Coast line information sheet.
Economic development information sheet.
Natural hazards information sheet.
Population and Settlement information sheet.
Rivers information sheet.
Coasts 4 mark questions.
River revision.
Natural hazards 4 mark questions.

Year 11 student GCSE help booklet

 

Resources:

KS3 Baseline test

KS3 Baseline mark scheme

KS4 Baseline test

KS4 Baseline mark scheme

KS4 – The Grade 9 Handbook

Students may want to purchase a useful CGP revision guide via this link: New Grade 9-1 GCSE Geography Edexcel Revision Guide.

Students may want to purchase a useful CGP exam practice workbook via this link: New Grade 9-1 GCSE Geography Edexcel B: Investigating Geographical Issues – Exam Practice Workbook.

Students may want to purchase a useful CGP exam practice mark scheme via this link: New Grade 9-1 GCSE Geography Edexcel B: Investigating Geographical Issues – Answers (for Workbook).

Students may want to purchase a useful textbook via this link: GCSE Geography Edexcel B Student Book.

Students may want to purchase these useful revision cards via this link: GCSE Geography Edexcel B Revision cards.

Command words – Command words are used consistently across GCSE and A level mark tariffs.

Key words – Key words for students, a copy of which students will receive in a booklet.

Comparing development worksheet.

Identifying river features worksheet.

Using proportional flow lines worksheet.

Useful websites – A list of useful websites for case study revision.

Students may want to purchase a useful Geography dictionary as a useful tool and resource via this link: A Dictionary of Geography (Oxford Quick Reference).

Students may want to purchase this useful pocket sized revision guide via this link: Geography GCSE Pocket Posters: The Pocket-Sized Revision Guide.

 

Online Book Access:

Active Teach, an online book with all lessons and work sheets on to support all Geographers, can be accessed via this link: Online book access and use the access code 0038518 to set yourself up.

 

Numeracy in Geography:

Numeracy in Geography information

Guide to Maths for Geographers

 

Schemes of Work in Geography:

Topic 1 – Hazardous Earth.

Topic 2 – Development dynamics.

Topic 3 – Challenges of an urbanising world.

Topic 4 – The UKs evolving physical landscape.

Topic 5 – The UKs evolving human landscape.

Topics 7, 8 and 9 – People and environment issues.

 

Marking and feedback:

Geography Marking and Feedback Policy.

 

Grade boundaries and Assessment in Geography:

Geography grade boundaries review.

 

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