The new KS3 Geography curriculum at Caedmon College Whitby has been developed this year to meet the government changes for GCSE in September 2016. The skills and topics we follow support the students’ progress towards high attainment at GCSE and onto A-level. The key focus of our teaching is to create students who are more independent and inquisitive about the world we live in. We have designed a sequence of topics which allow our students to focus on the human and physical environment that they live in. Our technology led learning includes a Twitter account which adds links to news articles on current topics and television documentaries from around the world, this is an open account for anyone to see at ‘ccwgeog’.
Year 7 Outline:
KED Curriculum Topics:
Who are we? – Whitby and the World: What is Geography? Human and physical features, locating and describing places, Whitby’s weather and climate, our coastline.
Finding Our Place: Longitude and latitude, map symbols, four figure grid refs, six figure grid refs, measuring distance, relief.
Global Citizens – Global Ecosystems: The Worlds biomes, structure of the rainforest, adaptations, rainforest tribes, deforestation, desertification, cold environments, the World’s rivers.
Who Has the Power? – The Geography of Early Rulers: Early settlement locations, functions, settlement change, settlement patterns.
Superpowers: The growth of cities, urban land use, megacities, favela’s, the EU, what is a superpower and who are the superpowers? China’s economic boom.
Design to Product – The Geography of Fashion: Globalisation and our global wardrobe, transnational companies, high street change, who makes our clothing? LEDC’s and MEDC’s, what does our clothing cost? Sweatshops, employment structures.
Year 8 Outline:
Elements – Elemental Earth: Structure of the Earth, plate boundaries, volcanoes, volcanic hazards, earthquakes, tsunamis, case study the Nepalese earthquake.
Inspiration – Our Human Planet: Population distribution, birth and death rates, population pyramids, how population changes, types of migration, push factors and pull factors, Mediterranean case study.
Innovation and Enterprise – Solving our Energy Problems: Renewable vs non-renewable, fossil fuels and the problems with them, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, fracking.
Business in the Environment: The growth of tourism, pros and cons of tourism. Visit Britain, national parks, ecotourism, design an eco-tourist resort.
Now and Then – Our Changing Planet: Polluted planet, how is our climate changing? The likely impacts or climate change, the problem of water supplies, burning rain, endangered animals, the future.
Students are assessed in line with the new grade descriptions introduced by the government in September 2014. We are assessing our students through our KED inspired curriculum available on Realsmart.
Any queries please speak to Mr T Wigglesworth, Head of Geography.
GCSE Geography follows the new specification AQA course. The department links the learning through Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 to allow students to develop skills to support the next level or achievement. The course is supported with teacher prepared PowerPoints and an online textbook to allow students to tailor the speed of their learning and access resources 24 hours a day. The resources are also available for access during lessons using student’s electronic devices to allow all learners to research and expand their knowledge during the lesson to reach the highest grades.
Why study Geography?
Geography is an optional subject but is part of the Government’s flagship Baccalaureate level achievement for GCSE. Our subject links both physical features and human impacts covering a topic range from plate tectonics and coasts to development of poor countries and population. We study the reasons why the world is like it is, so we can understand what we see and how it was formed.
What you will study
The course follows on from your Key Stage 3 topics building on depth and knowledge while developing skills to critically question how something has formed or why a country has developed. The course requires mathematics skills to complete graphs and interpret resources, while building on student’s literacy with command words and explanation.
How you will be assessed
This is a linear course with the only examinations at the end of Year 11. Students will sit three papers. Paper one will focus on physical geography topics, paper two will focus on human geography topics and paper three will focus on explaining the fieldwork covered during the course and geographical skills. There is no coursework in this GCSE specification, students are still required to undertake fieldwork but will be questioned on this during paper three.
Where can the subject lead?
Any career involving geography allows access to a wide range of jobs areas as well as creating a key understanding of the world around us.
- commercial/residential surveyor
- environmental consultant
- geographical information systems officer
- planning and development surveyor
- secondary school teacher
- town planner.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s worth it.” – Kiera
“I enjoy geography because I can work at my own pace.” – Amelia
What will I study?
Geography is the eyes of the world – we see so many things in our daily lives and often appreciate our surroundings without understanding how interconnected our world is. A-level Geography aims to allow us to see more clearly how our lives are affected by the environment and development of countries. Understanding the risk of buying a home near a river; of how quickly Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean and the aid needed to help, or to simply gaining an awareness that migration will continue and increase as our world moves towards ten billion people.
What do students do afterwards?
Geography at Caedmon College teaches more than just A-level, we aim to give you the research skills to be successful at university, bridging the gap between your college and university education. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next fifty years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes. The transferable skills which geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking across topics such a hazards, international development, coastal system and carbon cycles; geographical studies fosters these qualities and provides a firm basis for life-long learning. Geography involves the study of both natural and social sciences; it is seen as the ‘bridge’ between the sciences and the arts, leading to degrees in human or physical geography or geo-sciences, and employment ranging from marine biosphere conservation to town planner and tourism.
For further information please speak to Mr Wigglesworth or see our specification on the AQA website (7037)
“It’s an interesting subject. It’s good to learn what goes on around you.” – Tim Barker, Y12