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Mangotsfield Secondary

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Geography

Why do we study Geography?

Geography is essential in helping our students to develop a love for the planet they inhabit. We aim to inspire in our students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its population that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We strive to open up our students eyes and minds to the culturally broad world in which we all live and to appreciate and respect the role each and every person has to play in ensuring the future stability and prosperity of our planet.

Meet the team

  • Mrs Humphries (Head of Geography, ITT lead, SEND CLassroom Lead)
  • Mrs Cousins (Geography teacher/ Mangotsfield Moments Blog)
  • Miss Leslie (Geography teacher)
  • Mr Evans (Geography teacher)
  • Mrs Lenon (Deputy Head for Curriculum/ Teacher of Geography)

KS3 Programme of Study

Year 7
Places
Water and RIvers
Tourism
World of Waste

 

Year 8

Urbanisation
Globalisation
Conflict and change
Glaciation
Coasts
Sustainability

 

Year 9

Population
Weather, Climate and extreme events
Development
Natural Hazards

 

Course: AQA GCSE Geography

Exam Board and subjects. Outline how the course is assessed i.e Paper 1: Title and weighting

Paper 1: The challenge of natural hazards, 3.1.2 The living world, 3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK, 3.4 Geographical skills

  • Written exam 1hr 30 mins
  • 88 marks (3 for SPAG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Urban issues and challenges, 3.2.2 The changing economic world, 3.2.3 The challenge of resource management, 3.4 Geographical skills

  • Written exam 1hr 30 mins
  • 88 marks (3 for SPAG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Issue evaluation, 3.3.2 Fieldwork, 3.4 Geographical skills

  • Written exam 1hr 15 mins
  • 76 marks (6 for SPAG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

GCSE Programme of Study

Paper 1:
Natural Hazards
Living World
Physical Landscapes

Paper 2:
Urban Issues
Economic Development
Resources Management

Paper 3:
Pre release
Fieldwork


Students also complete 2 contrasting fieldwork days
1: River study and high ropes activity course
2: Local area study

Resources

At GCSE we recommend that you purchase the CGP AQA Geography revision guide. This can be purchased through the department for a reduced rate. It is excellent at consolidating and condensing knowledge and uses exam questions to help students practice their knowledge and understanding of each topic.

Homework

At KS3 students are set a range of activities on a rotation basis based on retrieval of knowledge. Examples include quizzes, source interpretation, Using video to investigate issues anc concepts and creative activities such as making your own model volcano.

At GCSE, students are set a range of homework which focus on retrieval of knowledge and consolidation of understanding. Examples include oak academy lessons, quizzes, GCSE pod videos, exam questions and revision activities.

Enrichment Opportunities

At KS3 we try to use our local area to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We use our school grounds for weather investigation, examine how our local area has changed over time through virtual fieldwork and use google earth to look at different places on the other side of the world.

At GCSE we undertake 2 different fieldwork days. One of these is a local river study which also combines a high ropes activity challenge event. The second day uses of knowledge and understanding of our local area to investigate varying levels of deprivation, urban change and environmental issues.