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Geography

 

At Spring Hill High School, our aim as a Geography Department is to provide a high quality curriculum that encompasses the key knowledge and skills needed while also cultivating then nurturing an awe and curiosity of the world that surrounds us, both on a local and global scale.

Our topic areas cover a wide range of physical and human processes that affect or impact upon a range of people or environments. As our learners progress through their learning journey, they develop a depth of understanding of different environmental, economic and social factors that impact on the world around us. As a school, we offer a variety of topic areas and qualifications to cater to a wide range of learners.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8

As a department, our initial goal in lower Key Stage 3 is to create a learning environment that inspires creativity and enjoyment through Geography.

Learning takes place through a range of activities, including Art, ICT and model making tasks. Topics covered include Rainforests, Rivers and Volcanoes, while in the summer term the learner chooses a Geography project from a wide range of options. Teaching also incorporates basic world/locational knowledge and practical subject skill to provide learners with the required foundation skills in the subject. AQA Unit Awards are used to accredit the work and efforts our learners put forward.

 

Year 9

Learning in Year 9 is designed to prepare students for choosing their appropriate learning route as they move forwards into Key Stage 4.

Topic areas covered include Coasts, Natural Hazards, Settlements and Tourism; these areas of study have been chosen so that learners have a grounding in them should they choose to move forwards towards a GCSE qualification. Key Geography skills are developed throughout the academic year while moral and social impacts of human and physical processes are discussed in more depth in line with the school’s dedicated SMSC ethos. GCSE lessons are introduced in the Summer Term if learners are taking this qualification route.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10 +

Learners in Year 10 and above are provided with the option of two qualification routes.

Spring Hill High School offers the GCSE AQA Geography A specification to students who wish to pursue this option. From September 2017, learners will undertake a new specification of learning in line with AQA’s new syllabus. This is a 2 year course, with 3 written examinations at the end. The course also requires learners to undertake two practical fieldwork investigations outside of the school grounds.

The 3 primary modules of GCSE study from the course syllabus include Living with the physical environment, where learners study the challenges of natural hazards, the living world and physical landscapes in the UK, Challenges in the human environment, which includes urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management, as well as Geographical applications, which entails issue evaluation (provided from an AQA booklet prior to the exam) and fieldwork decided between the teacher and pupil in accordance with AQA syllabus guidelines.

For students who do not wish to pursue a GCSE in Geography, we provide the ASDAN qualification, an accreditation with different levels of achievement depending on the number of modules the learner completes. Modules of study include Physical Processes, Migration and Global Interdependence. Our aim when delivering this course is to promote awareness of a wide range of physical and human issues that affect us on a global scale. This is done through written work, projects, class discussion and field trips in the local environment. Student’s have a choice of modules and tasks depending on interests and levels of attainment.

 

ASDAN Geography

Certification

Once a student's work has been internally moderated, certificates for successful candidates will be awarded from ASDAN.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.

The flexibility of the ASDAN Short Course means they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual (60 hours) Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

Student Book

The activities in this Short Course are grouped into the following modules:

  • My Place
  • Why Do People Move?
  • Food, Energy and Waste
  • Big Issues
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Holidays
  • Physical Processes
  • The BRICS
  • Global Interdependence

Due to the nature of the ASDAN Short courses pupils will aim to complete 1 module per half-term depending on the student having 2 hrs lesson each week over at least a 5 week period. However this may change according to the varying needs of each pupil.

 

Assessment in Geography

Assessment: This will be ongoing through in class study and Pupil self assessment and peer assessment of work

There is an opportunity for pupils become certified in their study through the AQA Unit awards scheme.

 

Useful Websites

Unit Awards
http://www.aqa.org.uk/programmes/unit-award-scheme/

Asdan Short Courses
https://docs.google.com/document/t
http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/
https://www.asdan.org.uk/geography-short-course

 

 

Geography Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  

Welcome to Geography

A Unit Award with practical elements designed to build a learner’s basic knowledge in the subject.

  Autumn 2  

Rainforests

A fun, colourful module with the opportunity to build a small scale rainforest model.

  Spring 1  

Volcanoes

An introduction to Volcanoes with model making elements to bring learning to life.

  Spring 2  

Rivers

A project with the opportunity to go out on a trip to a local river to see a real life case study of learned features.

  Summer 1 2  

Summer Project

An opportunity for learners to choose a Geography project from a range of options based on their interests, including current world affairs and events.

 

Year 8

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  

Exploring Places

A module that builds a locational knowledge of different physical and human features across the world.

  Autumn 2  

Investigating Rainforests

A more mature, in depth study of different aspects of rainforest life, including political and environmental issues. Builds on the previous years learning.

  Spring 1  

Extreme Environments

A module that looks at some of the world’s most extreme environments and weather conditions that affect them.

  Spring 2  

Geography and Sports

A unit that develops an understanding of how sports is linked to Geography.

  Summer 1  

Summer Project

An opportunity for learners to choose a Geography project from a range of options based on their interests, including current world affairs and events.

 

Year 9

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  

Settlements

An in depth study of how settlements are formed, the way they are structured and factors that influence their location.

  Autumn 2  

Natural Hazards

A study of how Earthquakes and Volcanoes occur, their key features and physical and human impacts these disasters have. Students also study Tsunamis and how plate tectonics have shaped our world.

  Spring 1  

Tourism

Students research global tourism trends and the impact it has socially and economically on both a local and nationwide scale.

  Spring 2  

Coasts

Students develop an awareness of how our coast is shaped by different erosive and depositional processes, understanding the long term impacts this can have.

  Summer 1 & 2  

Students prepare for their chosen Key Stage 4 study route.

 

Key Stage 4 & 5

  Term   Subject content
 

Year 1

Autumn 1

 

Urban Issues and Challenges

An opportunity for students to study settlements, both developed and less developed, in depth and the issues they face as globalisation continues to advance.

 

Year 1

Autumn 2
Spring 1

 

Controlled Assessment

Having had a taste of GCSE learning the previous term, the next two terms are spent completing the chosen controlled assessment in line with AQA specifications.

 

Year 1

Spring 2

 

The Living World

Tackling issues such as deforestation, this unit of study looks at aspects of the living world, the issues that endanger it and how these issues can be addressed.

 

Year 1

Summer 1

 

Physical Landscapes in the UK

A more local module of study that focuses on geographical issues on these shores, such as how the coastlines and natural parks are impacted on by tourism and what we can do to reduce these effects.

 

Year 1

Summer 2

 

The Changing Economic World

This module looks at advancements in countries such as China and how the technology and manufacturing industry is beginning to radically alter our global economic climate.

 

Year 2

Autumn 1

 

The Challenge of Natural Hazards

A focused, in depth study of a wide range of natural hazards, looking at case studies to address their devastating impacts and the differences between how these have been managed in the developed and less developed countries of the world.

 

Year 2

Autumn 2

 

The Challenge of Resource Management

A study of the challenges faced of over-use of non-renewable resources worldwide and what can be done to address this.

 

Year 2

Spring 1 & 2

  Learners revise and catch up on previous content they may have missed.
 

Year 2

Summer 1 & 2

  Learners sit their GCSE qualifications.