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Park High School

Geography

 Welcome to the Geography Department

 "Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?"  - Michael Palin

Head of Department:

Ms Lee

e-mail: v.lee@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Ms Lee

Mrs Quelch

Ms Little

Mr Wright

Ms Ward

“Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today.  So many of the world’s current problems boil down to Geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us to understand them.

You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities and retail.  Studying geography can help people achieve careers that are professionally and financially rewarding and also enjoyable.

Geography illustrates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future… what could be more important than that” Michael Palin Geographer and member of the Royal Geographical Society.

At Park High we have developed a curriculum that we believe fosters an enquiring mind.  We want our young people to be inquisitive about the world around us; whether that is to question what has created our mountains and rivers, or what causes our weather to behave in the way it does, to critically think about the way in which we impact our planet.

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 

Autumn Spring Summer

Making Connections

Exploring Africa

Water Issues

Natural Hazards

Coasts

Harrow and I

 

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8
 

Autumn Spring Summer

Globalisation and Fairtrade

Climate Change

Exploring China

Investigating Extreme Environments

Investigating Tropical rainforests

You be the Teacher

 

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Key Stage 4

Year 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

How, where and why is the world’s population changing?

How is Brazil developing?

What is the importance of rivers?

What makes areas attractive to visitors?

Practicing GCSE Geographical skills (tbc)

British or European? (tbc)

Skills:

Single lessons will be used as skill acquisition and practice. Newspaper and GCSE Wider World (available in the school library) magazine articles will be analysed each week and students will be asked to lead this part of the lesson. Keywords will be used and practised regularly. Exam style questions will be introduced gradually and broken down to ensure understanding of their requirements.

How, where and why is the world’s population changing?

  • What is development?
  • Can development be measured?
  • How has the population of the UK changed over time and why?
  • What are the causes and consequences of migration?

What makes areas attractive to visitors?

  • Why do visitors choose to visit different places?
  • What are National Parks?
  • What are the different uses of National Parks?
  • What are the conflicts in National Parks and why?

How is Brazil developing?

  • Where Brazil and what is it like?
  • Where do people in Brazil live and why?
  • What is Brazil’s place in the world?

Practicing GCSE Geographical skills (tbc)

  • Students to practice geographical skills such as using maps, graphs and interpreting data in various contexts as required by the new specifications.
  • Focus on mathematical techniques used at GCSE

What is the importance of rivers?

  • Why do rivers occur where they do?
  • What natural and human events can cause flooding?
  • What are the consequences of flooding?
  • Will water ever run out?

British or European? (tbc)

  • What is the difference between Europe, the European Union and the Eurozone?
  • What are the implications of movement within Europe?
  • What is the current situation in Europe?

KS4 Assessment:

Home-learning will be set on a regular basis such as finding an article related to Geography for the single lessons and learning key terms. Other home-learning tasks will be set as appropriate and may take up to an hour, as at GCSE. If home-learning is not completed students must expect an immediate sanction and subsequent monitoring.

Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 10 

All students attend a compulsory field course to the Isle of Purbeck in June, they will complete an Applied Fieldwork Enquiry exam in May/June based on it (worth 30%). The other final examination (worth 70%) consists of two different styles of examination papers and will be sat in May / June. Please See Field Trip Information

KS4 Assessment:

Home-learning will be set on a regular basis such as finding an article related to Geography for the single lessons and learning key terms. Other home-learning tasks will be set as appropriate and may take up to an hour, as at GCSE. If home-learning is not completed students must expect an immediate sanction and subsequent monitoring.

Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 11 

Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues  
 Three structured data response questions with some extended answers 
 Question 1 will assess aspects of Theme 1, Changing Places—Changing Economies. 
 Question 2 will assess aspects of Theme 2, Changing Environments. 
 Question 3 will assess aspects of Theme 3, Environmental Challenges.

Component 2: Problem Solving Geography 
 This component will assess content from across the themes using a variety of structured data   response questions.

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry  
A written examination in three parts using a variety of structured data response questions some of which will require extended responses. 

Year 11 continues to develop the skills of critical thinking, data interpretation and extended writing that we have been working on in Year 10.  This is of course in addition to the new content we need to cover this year.  We started Theme 2 after Easter in Year 10 and this year we need to complete this Theme, as well as Theme 3, as highlighted below.  Your son/daughter has a yellow piece of paper stuck in the front of their Geography book with more specific details on the content to be covered.

The Applied Fieldwork Enquiry write-ups should have been completed by your son/daughter over the summer period and this will form the basis of revision for their final examination.

This year it is important for learners to start their revision of Theme 1 and the beginning of Theme 2 straight away in September.  In a revision lesson after Easter in year 10, they were given some PLCs which they should use to guide their revision.  In addition, they were encouraged to use the revision techniques suggested by the learning scientists, a perhaps less traditional approach to revision that we think will be more beneficial to the long term memory (please do have a look at their website http://www.learningscientists.org/).  These are the revision techniques that we will be using within the Geography content this year and we would encourage an early start!

The revision guide for the course is not due to be published until November 30th 2017.  We will inform students of the suitability of this resource. 
 

KS4 Assessment:

Home-learning will be set on a regular basis such as finding an article related to Geography for the single lessons and learning key terms. Other home-learning tasks will be set as appropriate and may take up to an hour, as at GCSE. If home-learning is not completed students must expect an immediate sanction and subsequent monitoring.

Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Geography

 Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues 

Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes  40% of qualification 

Component 2: Problem Solving Geography 

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes  30% of qualification 

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry  

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes  30% of qualification 

Examination Board :

Eduqas

Course Specification:

Eduqas 601/8153/9 

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Geography

Useful Websites:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/

Useful Reading Material:

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Geography B (Wjec Eduqas B Gcse) by Alan Brown, Bob Digby, Val Davis, Andy Leeder

Geographical skills and fieldwork for WJEC GCSE Geography

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Geography A and B Revision guide

Additional information:

Year 10 Fieldtrip information to be confirmed

Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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