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Geography

Subject Overview

The aim of the Geography department is to engage students by learning about exciting topics that teach children about the importance of people and the world that we live in. This is done through a variety of different case studies, field visits and topic projects. 

KS3 Year 7: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3 Year 8: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3/4 Year 9: Students study the topic of ‘Risk’ on a local and global level and will develop an understanding of the key issues. They will learn about ‘Tourism’ – particularly focussing on the positive and negative aspects both locally and further afield. This will include a project focussed on managing a budget and planning a holiday! The Year 9 course will finish with a study about ‘Fair Trade’ – this will include a recent media project looking at factory workers and poverty in third world countries, along with producing an assembly and information booklet all about Fair Trade.

GCSE Overview

When choosing their options for GCSE’s, students have to take either History or Geography – they can also choose to take both. These are both extremely popular subjects and equip students with many transferable skills that will support their other studies. Over the course of our two week timetable, students will have 5 one hour lessons. 

Exam Board: AQA Geography A

KS4 Year 10: In Year 10 students will complete a study linked to Physical Geography initially focussing on the Restless Earth. We will learn about the structure of the earth and causes and consequences of earthquakes, volcanoes and Fold Mountains. We will also look at Case Studies which will include the volcanic eruption of Montserrat, super volcanoes and tsunamis.

As a class we will then choose two other topics from: Rocks, Resources and Scenery, Challenge of Weather and Climate, Living World, Water on the Land, Ice on the Land, The Coastal Zone.

KS4 Year 11: In Year 11 students will complete a study linked to Human Geography. Initially this will include a study on Changing Rural Environments which is extremely relevant and significant to life in Dorset. As a class we will choose two other topics from: Population Change, The Development Gap, Globalisation, and Tourism. We will then complete a Local Fieldwork Investigation which is worth 25% of the final mark. This is a controlled assessment unit of the specification.  Students carry out one investigation of a question or hypothesis.  This will be done at a local scale, and must include collection of primary data.  Students create a report, under controlled conditions, based on one task title.

Exam Details:

Each exam is 1.5 hours long

May 2016 - Paper 1: Physical Geography. This will be worth: 37.5% of the final mark.
June 2016 - Paper 2: Human Geography. This will be worth: 37.5% of the final mark.