Geography Learning Team

Welcome to the Kingsmead School Geography Learning Team.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8), students study individual units each year, all embedding geographical skills and knowledge which will enhance their understanding of both physical and human environments.  The 5 units in Year 7 are currently Map skills and My local area, Our restless earth, Changing climates, South America and Who do we think we are?  In Year 8 they are The geography of crime, Rivers and flooding, Asia: The next superpower?, Mapping Festivals, and Why do we always talk about the weather? These topics also complement some of the learning at GCSE level, so students who opt into Geography at KS4 have already been studying some of the same topics and content.  Each unit involves a range of learning tasks and teaching styles, including mobile technology, group work and role plays, and individual, paired or group assessments.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11), students work towards the Edexcel Geography GCSE B award.  They are taught 2 units, each broken down into 6 individual topics. Unit 1 is all about the physical world, and they study the following topics: Battle for the Biosphere (a study of world biomes and tropical rainforests), Changing Climates, Extreme Environments (a study of both desert and cold landscapes), river processes, water world and restless earth.  In Unit 2 students study 6 human geography units: Settlement in the UK, Globalisation, Challenges of the urban world, development, population and consuming resources.  Students sit an exam in each in Year 11. They also sit a decision making exam based on topics from both units.

Each year group experiences fieldwork. Year 7 visit the local town and conduct environmental surveys and use map skills. Year 8 conduct weather investigations and local river fieldwork. In year 9 students visit Bristol to undertake a piece of human geography fieldwork, and in Year 10/11 students visit Exmoor and measure a river from its source to mouth, which forms part of their Controlled Assessment, worth 25% of their final grade.

 

The learning team has organised the opportunity for students to participate in environmental awareness and sustainability through the School’s Challenge Days. Years 7 and 8 both enjoy one Eco day per year. Year 7 currently have a day exploring the tropical rainforest ecosystem, and are able to enjoy some hands on experience with insects and bugs found there. In Year 8 they have a day looking at our impact on the planet and how we can become more responsible as consumers.

We aim to make sure that each and every student in geography enjoys their learning and makes excellent progress in both Key Stages. We feel we build very positive relationships with students and have high expectations, and that students enjoy their lessons but also see the relevance of their learning in the ‘real world’.

Useful websites:

http://www.edexcel.com/i-am-a/student/Pages/home.aspx Edexcel page for past papers, resources.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ A good range of content and topics taught.

https://global.oup.com/education/content/secondary/series/gcse-geography-edexcel/?region=uk PDF pages from the updated textbook (Edition 2) used in class.

https://twitter.com/ Follow the Geography department on Twitter: @KingsmeadGeog, for up to date information on homework, trips, visits, exams, etc.