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 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

Acting Head of Department:

Ms Little

e-mail: k.little@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Ms Lee

Ms Little

Ms Ward

Mrs Ahmed

Ms Sakkaf

Miss Campbell

“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 

 At the beginning of the year, learners will complete a baseline assessment, this will be used to gauge their current level of geographical understanding and will be what we measure progress against in the end of year assessment in May/June.

Autumn Spring Summer

What is The UK like?

What is Africa like?

What is happening along our coasts?

What is The UK like?

What are the worlds water issues?

What is Harrow like?

 

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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.

At the end of each half term and topic, each student will complete some form of assessment in class, which might be in the form of a written piece, presentation, or an end of topic test. These assessments provide a valuable insight into the progress made by each student over the topic. The assessments have been designed to take into account all learning styles and to ensure all students can make progress, no matter what their strengths / talents are.  

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

How do flora and Fauna survive in Extreme Environments?

What is happening to the world’s climate?

Weather or Climate?

What makes the world go around?

What is the importance of Tropical Rainforests?

Weather or Climate?

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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.

At the end of each half term and topic, each student will complete some form of assessment in class, which might be in the form of a written piece, presentation, or an end of topic test. These assessments provide a valuable insight into the progress made by each student over the topic. The assessments have been designed to take into account all learning styles and to ensure all students can make progress, no matter what their strengths / talents are. 

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 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

What is life like for people in different places of the world?

What is Europe / EU and what is its place in the world?

What is Chinas role in the world?

How are natural environments used by humans?

What is the role of rivers in shaping our landscape and how do humans interact with them?

What makes a good fieldwork investigation?

KS3 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.

At the end of each half term and topic, each student will complete some form of assessment in class, which might be in the form of a written piece, presentation, or an end of topic test. These assessments provide a valuable insight into the progress made by each student over the topic. The assessments have been designed to take into account all learning styles and to ensure all students can make progress, no matter what their strengths / talents are. 

In the Summer Term, the End of Year Assessment will be based on the content studied throughout Year 9 and the format of tests will replicate the GCSE layout.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Over the summer holiday period at the end of Year 9 learners will be expected to complete some summer bridging work, a report style assessment based on the decision making element found in Paper 2 of the GCSE course

 

Key Stage 4 

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, the format of tests will replicate the GCSE layout.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Over the summer holiday period at the end of Year 10 learners will be expected to complete some summer bridging work, a report style assessment based on the compulsory field-course attended in June/July.  This write-up will support the learners in their revision for Section A of the Paper 3 examination, The Applied Fieldwork Enquiry.

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!

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

 

Additional Information

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

Enrichment
 

Compulsory field-course will take place over the course of a four day residential course to the Isle of Purbeck.  Dates for 2019 are Friday 28th of June through Monday 1st of July inclusive.

Virtual Tours
 

Eiffel Tower Video

With help from google explore the Eiffel Tower and journey up to the top.

https://www.metro.us/news/take-a-virtual-tour-of-eiffel-tower-with-google/tmWmgp---944DxmqzHErU

Great Wall of China 360 view

Learn more about the Great Wall of China.

http://www.airpano.com/360photo/China-Great-Wall/

Great Wall of China Virtual Tour

Walk the Great Wall of China

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Louvre Gallery

Visit the Museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries.

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

 

 

Key Stage 5

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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