Geography

Subject: Geography

Head of Subject: Mrs M Gleeson

In Year 7 students are taught Geography with their mixed ability form. In Years 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability classes, apart from classes M and N 1 which are ability sets. Students are taught Geography 1 hour a week in Year 7 and 2 hours a week in Years 8 and 9. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 Geography is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. Students that opt to take Geography in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the WJEC EDUQAS GCSE GEOGRAPHY B.  They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales. Demonstrate geographical understanding of concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes, and the inter-relationships between places, environments and processes.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues and to make judgements.
  • Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.

Overview of the Geography Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 The Local Area Extreme Weather Tourism Coasts Coasts Ecosystems
8 Europe and The European Union Moving Stories Water Works Water Works continued Antarctica at Risk Antarctica at Risk continued
9 Tectonics Africa Asia Asia Resources Introduction to GCSE Geography
10 Urbanisation in Contrasting Global Cities Urban and Rural Processes and Change in The UK A Global Perspective on Development Issues Shaping the Landscape-Coasts and Coastal Management Shaping the Landscape-Rivers and River Management Weather and Climate
11 Climate Change-Causes and Effects

 

How Ecosystems Function

Ecosystems Under Threat

 

Mocks preparation

Water Resources and Management Desertification Revision Examinations

 

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Geography is WJEC EDUQAS Geography B. Click here to view the GCSE specification.

 

Additional Information

KS3 students have the opportunity to take part in Geography trips and fieldwork.

Homework support is available for all Geography students.

At KS4, students will take part in two local fieldwork activity days, to prepare them for Component 3 of the GCSE course (Applied Fieldwork Enquiry).

In Y11, students have the opportunity to attend regular revision classes and they receive intervention before their examinations.

The department runs the school’s Eco-Club and is responsible for many whole school activities, including recycling waste paper.  All students are welcome to join the club.

 

Teaching Staff

Mrs M Gleeson Head of Subject
Miss A O’Brien Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 7
Miss A Smith Teacher of Geography
Mrs D Couser Teacher of Geography