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Geography

The Geography department forms part of the Humanities Faculty. Geography is a popular subject with large numbers of students continuing to study it at both GCSE and A Level. Geography lessons involve a range of activities including independent and group work, problem-solving and research work. In Geography, students develop many different skills including map skills and numeracy skills, as well as skills in teamwork and presentation.

Fieldwork is an important part of Geography at Wolfreton. Across years 7 – 13 students have a range of opportunities to complete fieldwork. Some field work is conducted on the school site, for example measuring weather at Key Stage 3; other field work is completed on day trips, for example to the Holderness Coast and to the Peak District at Key Stage 4, or urban and river studies at Key Stage 5.

Staff  Position
Mr J Addy Lead Practitioner Geography
Mr M Carruthers Assistant Headteacher Teacher of Geography
Mr S Hewick Teacher of Geography
Miss L Hull Teacher of Geography
Miss S Kukuc Teacher of Geography
Mr C Sinclair Teacher of Geography
Mrs L Taylor Assistant Headteacher Teacher of Geography
Ms R Whitfield Teacher of Geography

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:


“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key natural and human processes.”

Through each of the units studied at Key Stage 3, students develop their understanding of different elements of this statement. Whilst some units focus on particular physical, human or environmental geography themes, others focus on countries and entwine aspects of all three.

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Asia (Thailand and China)
  • Tectonics
  • Coasts
  • Powering our future
  • Weather and climate
  • Ecosystems
  • Glaciation
  • Globalisation
  • Rivers
  • Settlement

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Geography

Encourage your child to:

  • Practise naming the oceans, continents, countries and cities around the world to develop knowledge.
  • Watch Newsround and/or discuss items on the Newsround website with them.
  • Talk about their experiences of the world at the local, national and international scale. 

A range of resources can also be found on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

From September 2016, students will follow the AQA GCSE Geography specification.

Aims of the course:

Geography tackles the big issues.  You will travel the world in your classroom and find out about the world you live in TODAY. As well as understanding climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in power and challenges of sustainable resource use, you will be encouraged to consider your role in society and different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Course content:

There are 3 themes that form the GCSE Geography course:

1. Living with the physical environment – This unit is about the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems.  Students will find out about tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features. They will also explore the impacts of direct and indirect human activity and how these systems can be managed now and in the future.

2. Challenges in the human environment – This unit is about human activity and how it changes over time and place.  Students will study places at different levels of development to find out about diverse human environments, how they are managed and future challenges and opportunities.

3. Geographical applications – Students will draw together knowledge from the first two units to demonstrate geographical skills. The ‘Issue Evaluation’ builds on and develops your knowledge to critically evaluate a geographical issue. ‘Fieldwork’ is undertaken on two occasions in contrasting environments and your understanding of the enquiry process will be assessed in the exam.

Students study the following units:

Theme 1

Theme 2

Theme 3

  • Natural Hazards: Tectonics, Weather Hazards and Climate Change
  • The Living World:  Hot Deserts
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK:  Coastal Landscapes
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management: Energy
  • Fieldwork, Skills and Issue Evaluation

* In September 2016, a three-year Key Stage 4 was introduced.  Consequently, timelines across years 9, 10 and 11 vary for the classes of 2018 and 2019.

Assessment:

There are three exam papers:

Paper 1 examines ‘Living with the physical environment’. It lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 35% of the GCSE.

Paper 2 examines ‘Challenges in the human environment’. It lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 35% of the GCSE.

Paper 3 examines ‘Geographical applications’. It lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the GCSE. There is a pre-release booklet for ‘The Issue’ section made available 12 weeks before the exam.

Additional resources GCSE Geography

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Read the daily broadsheet newspapers (or their associated Apps) to develop knowledge and understanding of the world today.  This is important to excel in Geography.
  • Learn carefully and accurately the meaning of key words provided in class.
  • Use the revision packs provided by the school in year 11.  

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE Geography: 

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

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Geography (AQA)

From September 2016, students will follow the AQA A Level Geography specification.

Aims of the course:

This course explores physical and human geography and contemporary geographical issues.  It develops skills in fieldwork techniques, data analysis and interpretation.

Fieldwork is a vital component of the course.  Students will visit different places depending on those studied. 

Course Content:

In Year 12 students complete the following AS Units:

  • Changing Places
  • Hazards
  • Coastal Systems
  • Fieldwork and Skills

In Year 13 students will complete the additional units for the A Level course:

  • Independent Enquiry
  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Water and Carbon Cycles

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 100% Examination

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

Legacy A Level Course

Students in year 13 in the academic year 2016 – 2017 continue to study the legacy EdExcel A-Level Geography specification.

This course is divided into 4 units of work:

  • Global Challenges
  • Geographical Investigations
  • Contested Planet
  • Geographical Research

Additional resources Sixth Form Geography

Encourage your son /daughter to:

  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource which enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 
  • Read around the subject:
    • A range of website links can be found on Frog
    • The Library also has subject specific books that can be borrowed.
    • The daily broadsheet newspapers (or their associated Apps) will develop knowledge and understanding of the world today.  This is important to excel in Geography.

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

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