Introduction
Geography is about inspiring students to take an active interest in their world and to begin to understand how physical and human processes can change our planet and influence our lives.
Geography is also in an excellent position to equip students with the skills that they will need to be successful across the curriculum. From statistical, graphical and analytical skills to literacy skills and essay writing – Geography will challenge students in a range of ways.

Meet the team:
Miss E Eeles Head of Geography
Miss S King          Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 8
Miss A Raw Teacher of Geography and Assistant Head Teacher

Enrichment:
Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography and as such there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in learning outside the classroom. At GCSE level this includes a visit to Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District to study tourism. In year 12 students have studied river characteristics at the River Bollin in Macclesfield and have learnt about glacial landforms at Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia. Students in Year 13 also have the opportunity to study urban regeneration during a trip to Manchester. At Key Stage 3 planned trips include a visit to the Sefton coast in Year 8 to study sand dunes and associated features and a trip to Castleton in the Peak District to learn about limestone and national parks in Year 9.

What will be taught?
Geography involves plenty of fieldwork and enquiry based learning allowing students to develop a range of different analytical skills that can be transferable to a number of subjects. Students will also participate in group work at all key stages as well as having regular opportunities to practise extended writing.

Key stage 3:
Year 7
Introduction: What is Geography
Who do we think we are?
All about Manchester and the UK
Glaciation
Rivers and map skills
Africa
Year 8
Weather and climate
Population: can the world cope?
Megacities
The Geography of Crime and Geographical Information Systems
China and India: The world’s next superpowers?
Coasts

Year 9
National Parks and limestone
Development
History of the earth and plate tectonics
Natural resources
Russia and the Middle East

Key Stage 4
The exam board studied is AQA A
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030
The GCSE consists of two exam papers.
Unit 1: Physical Geography
The Coastal Zone
Water on the Land
The Restless Earth

Worth 37.5% of final GCSE grade and assessed by a 1½ hour written exam

Unit 2: Human Geography
Population
The Development Gap
Tourism

Worth 37.5% of final GCSE grade and assessed by a 1½ hour written exam

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment
Students will produce a written project of approximately 2000 words based on a field trip to Bowness-on- Windermere to study tourism.
Worth 25% of final GCSE grade

Key Stage 5:
At AS and A2 the exam board is AQA. A link to the specification can be found here
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/a-level/geography-2030/spec-at-a-glance
Geography AS
Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography
Cold Environments
Rivers, floods and management
Population Change
Health Issues
Students study all four of the above units and are assessed by a 2 hour exam that uses a mixture of structured short and extended mini essay style questions. The Unit 1 paper is worth 70% of the total AS mark

Unit 2: Geographical Skills
This paper is split into two sections. In section A students will be asked questions on a range of graphical, statistical, cartographical and data interpretation skills. In section B students will have to respond to a range of questions based on their fieldwork enquiry. This part of the course will involve a fieldtrip to the River Bollin to collect primary data. The paper is 1 hour long and is worth 30% of the total AS marks.

Geography A2
Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical issues
World Cities
Conflicts and challenges
Weather and associated hazards
Plate tectonics and associated hazards

Students study all four of the above units and will be assessed through a mixture of structured short questions and one essay style question. This is a 2½ hour paper that is worth 30% of the total A level grade
Unit 4b: Geographical Issue Evaluation
In this paper students will answer questions in a 1½ hour exam based on pre-released material. The pre-release material will be available to students on 22nd March for June examinations. The questions for this paper can include data interpretation and analytical questions as well as more advanced evaluative questions. This exam is worth 20% of the final A2 grade.

How will Students be assessed?
Pupils are assessed in a range of ways. At Key Stage 3 students will be expected to produce a written fieldwork report as well as a written enquiry and one extended essay.
At GCSE level students will again be expected to produced written essays and will also receive an end of unit test for each topic so that they can regularly gauge their progress. The end of unit test will be based upon previous exam questions.
At A level, students will again be given regular opportunities to practise their exam technique through past exam papers and mock exams for the end of each unit. At AS level students will be required to produce a written fieldwork report and at A2 students will be given plenty of opportunities to practise their essay writing.

What should my child be reading and watching?
Geography is always in the news and it is often the case that the best performers in this subject are those that take an active interest in current affairs and the world around them. As a result regular reading of newspapers and watching the news will help students to perform well in this subject. Students would benefit from having good knowledge of the location of the world’s continents and oceans as well as some of the major countries and physical features such as mountains and rivers. The following websites may prove useful for keeping up to date with Geography in the news.
http://www.geographyinthenews.rgs.org/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/
http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm