Geography at Key Stage Three aims to develop pupil knowledge and understanding of a wide range of people, places and environments and their understanding of the changing nature of geographical patterns and processes over time and place. Pupils are taught a range of skills and techniques to enable them to use information to undertake geographical enquiry and to develop a reliable perception of distance and location, over a widening range of scales.
At Key Stage Three, pupils are taught nine topics over three years. Each topic is assessed via an end of topic test (percentage awarded) and a levelled assessment homework.
Understanding My World (Map skills)
Rocky Rivers (Rivers, Landforms and Flooding)
Escape to the Sun (Tourism)
Wonderful Weather (Weather, Climate and Climatic Hazards)
Going Walkabout (Population and Migration)
Rich World Poor World (The Physical and Human Geography of Japan and Kenya)
My Diverse World (Ecosystems – Rainforests and Deserts)
My Hazardous World (Tectonic Hazards – Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis)
My Global World (Globalisation)
Key Stage 4: GCSE
Students study the WJEC Specification A Geography Syllabus. This is a two-paper examination and two tiers of entry are offered:
Foundation Tier – offers grades G to C
Higher Tier – offers grades D – A*
Paper One is sat by all pupils at the end of Year 10 (with the potential for a re-sit in Year 11). The examination is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade and six topics are covered:
Rivers – Flooding and Flood Management
Climate Change and its Management
Tectonic Hazards and their Management
Global Population Change
Globalisation and Trade
Paper Two is sat by all pupils at the end of Year 11. The examination is worth 35% of the overall GCSE grade and pupils study three topics from a choice of six.