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Curriculum Mission Statement

Geography really is the study of the world around us. The KS3 and 4 Geography curriculum offers students the chance to study the issues that will shape their present and future lives. Across the subject, students study a varied mix of human and physical topics. Students learn about contemporary issues like urban changes, resource management and development. As well as core knowledge and understanding of physical processes such as how rivers, weather systems and plate tectonics impact on the human environment. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their geographical investigation skills through fieldwork, allowing them to develop their numerical, cartographic and statistical skills.

Progression | Further/Higher Education and Careers

Studying geography will help you to better understand the world’s people, places and environments from the local to the global scales. The skills gained from the subject at GCSE, A Level and University are relevant to almost all jobs and workplaces.

With rising numbers of students studying geography, and geography graduates experiencing some of the lowest levels of graduate employment, there has never been a better time to study geography.

A snap shot of careers geography can take you into include: Travel, Tourism and Leisure, Policy and Government, Development and Global Issues, Society, The Physical Environment and Geographical Information systems. ( Royal Geographical Society, 2017)

Curriculum/Course Overview

Geography
KS3 & 4 Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3  Half Term 4 Half Term 5  Half Term 6
Year 7

How do we view the world? (Geographical skills)

How do we view the world? (Geographical skills)

How does water shape the earth?

Why do people go on holiday?

Regional Study: How is our perception of Africa changing?

Regional Study: How is our perception of Africa changing?

Year 8

How do we view the world? (Geographical skills)

Why do people live in hazard prone areas?

How are coastal areas changing?

Why are biomes important?

Regional study: How are our views of the Middle East and Asia changing?

Regional study: How are our views of the Middle East and Asia changing?

Year 9

How do we view the world? (Geographical skills)

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment – The challenge of Natural Hazards

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment – The challenge of Natural Hazards

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human environment  – Urban issues and challenges

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human environment  – Urban issues and challenges

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment – The living world 

Year 10

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment – The living world – Living world

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human environment  – The  challenge of resource management

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human environment  – The  challenge of resource management

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment – Physical landscapes in the UK- coasts and rivers

Unit 1 Living with the physical environment – Physical landscapes in the UK- coasts and rivers

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human environment  – The changing economic world

 

Year 11

Unit 2 Challenges in the Human environment  – The changing economic world

Unit 3 Geographical Applications –preparatory work and fieldwork

Unit 1,2, and 3

Revision of topics

Unit 3 Geographical Applications Pre-release material

(To be released 12 weeks before unit 3 exam date)

Unit 3 Geographical Applications Pre-release material

(To be released 12 weeks before unit 3 exam date)

Unit 1,2, and 3

Revision of topics

How the subject supports pupils in making progress

In geography, to ensure our pupils make as much progress as possible toward achieving their targets and fulfilling their potential and ambitions we employ the following actions:

  • A half-termly analysis of performance data
  • Half-termly action plans to identify any pupils performing below expectations and implementing measures to support them in bridging any knowledge gaps and addressing misconceptions
  • Evaluation of individual pupils ‘barriers to progress’ with action plans to overcome these
  • Providing effective feedback specific to the needs of each pupils to ensure their own misconceptions are addressed and they are encouraged to think more deeply about content
  • Regular and challenging homework to consolidate and extend learning, communicated to parents/carers using ‘Show My Homework’

Assessment & Feedback

At Key Stage 3, pupils are measured against ‘age expectations’ meaning that a set of expectations is established in Year 7 that we would like all Year 7 pupils to be able to demonstrate, if they are to be on-track to achieve a good grade by GCSE. The level of expectation then increases appropriately in Year 8. Pupils will either be working ‘toward’, ‘at’ or ‘greater than’ their age expected level. Please click here for the geography Age Expected Levels.

In geography, at both KS3 and KS4, pupils are given an ‘end of topic’ assessment or test in which they are tasked with demonstrating and applying the knowledge developed throughout the unit of study they’ve just completed. In addition, students are assessed against an ever increasing bank of skills which are developed throughout the whole of KS3 and 4. Teachers then provide feedback on the work produced and give the pupils the opportunity to respond to the feedback, addressing misconceptions and deepening their understanding of the topic.

Staffing

Miss K.McCarrick – Subject Leader

Miss McCarrick has taught geography since 2009 and has been in the position of subject leader at Sandhill View since 2015. She holds a Masters in Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography from Newcastle University. Her responsibilities amongst many include planning, delivering and assessing a thorough geography curriculum at KS3 and KS4 to enhance students engagement and enjoyment of an ever changing subject.

Miss E.Greener – Teacher of geography

Miss Greener joined Sandhill View in 2015 also and has taken responsibility in assisting planning and delivery of a varied geography curriculum to KS3 and KS4. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University. Miss Greener is very much enjoying her time at SHVA after previously having taught in other local Sunderland schools.

Useful Links

• http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Study+Geography/Study/Why+study+geography.htm

• http://www.geography.org.uk/

• http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

• http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

• http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/