Subject: Geography

Head of Subject: Mrs K Fairclough

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.

Year 11 are following the WJEC EDUQAS GCSE GEOGRAPHY B syllabus.  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. Feedback is related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Year 10 and subsequent GCSE cohorts will be following the AQA GCSE GEOGRAPHY syllabus.

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 Coastal Processes Ecosystems Threats to ecosystems Urban Issues and Challenges Applied Fieldwork Development
11 Economic Futures Hazards (tectonics and weather) Resource Management Rivers Revision Revision

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Geography is 8035 Geography AQA. Click here for the link to the AQA 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 fieldwork activity days, to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge which will need to be applied in the exam.

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.