What will your child be learning?

At John Cabot we teach Geography by topic and thematically. Y7, 8 and 9 cover different topics in terms 1 and 2 then in Term 3 Y7 and 8 are taught thematically. This means the students study the same topic at the same time and it is differentiated to suit the year and individual needs of students.

In Year 9 the AQA GCSE course commences in Term 3. The topics we would have traditionally taught in Y9 are covered in the GCSE so students are not missing out, they will actually look in greater depth at the topics instead.

Y7: Topic 1 Geographical skills and applications

Y8: Topic 1 Population change

Y7 & 8: Topic 1 Ecosystems

Topic 2 Development & Settlements

Y9: Topic 1 Kenya

Topic 2 GCSE Natural Hazards

Topic 3 GCSE Urban Issues and Challenges

How will your child be assessed?

Students are assessed using GCSE questions and we will cover the range of question types that are asked at GCSE in KS3. Questions will be tailored to suit the content that students are learning and students will be taught how to develop GCSE skills so by the time they are in Y11 students are used to the language and requirements of GCSE questions. Assessments are built into the Schemes of Learning and will take place in lessons with the support of teachers.

How can you help your child?

Geography is all about being outside the classroom, by taking them on visits anywhere during the school holidays you will naturally encourage an interest in the world and how physical and human landscapes operate and interact! Encourage your child to read around the topics we are studying at home. They could carry out independent research using the internet or books. Enquire regularly what they are learning in Geography and encourage them to watch the news for current changes in the world as well as new discoveries and see whether there are any documentaries that could enhance their knowledge. Encourage them to read and write as much as possible – check their literacy and help them with spellings, punctuation and grammar.

How will Homework be organised?

There is currently no homework programme for KS3.

What will your child be learning?

At John Cabot we teach Geography by topic and thematically. Y7, 8 and 9 cover different topics in terms 1 and 2 then in Term 3 Y7 and 8 are taught thematically. This means the students study the same topic at the same time and it is differentiated to suit the year and individual needs of students.

In Year 9 the AQA GCSE course commences in Term 3. The topics we would have traditionally taught in Y9 are covered in the GCSE so students are not missing out, they will actually look in greater depth at the topics instead.

Y7: Topic 1 Geographical skills and applications

Y8: Topic 1 Population change

Y7 & 8: Topic 1 Ecosystems

Topic 2 Development & Settlements

Y9: Topic 1 Kenya

Topic 2 GCSE Natural Hazards

Topic 3 GCSE Urban Issues and Challenges

How will your child be assessed?

Students are assessed using GCSE questions and we will cover the range of question types that are asked at GCSE in KS3. Questions will be tailored to suit the content that students are learning and students will be taught how to develop GCSE skills so by the time they are in Y11 students are used to the language and requirements of GCSE questions. Assessments are built into the Schemes of Learning and will take place in lessons with the support of teachers.

How can you help your child?

Geography is all about being outside the classroom, by taking them on visits anywhere during the school holidays you will naturally encourage an interest in the world and how physical and human landscapes operate and interact! Encourage your child to read around the topics we are studying at home. They could carry out independent research using the internet or books. Enquire regularly what they are learning in Geography and encourage them to watch the news for current changes in the world as well as new discoveries and see whether there are any documentaries that could enhance their knowledge. Encourage them to read and write as much as possible – check their literacy and help them with spellings, punctuation and grammar.

How will Homework be organised?

There is currently no homework programme for KS3.

What will your child be learning?

At John Cabot we teach Geography by topic and thematically. Y7, 8 and 9 cover different topics in terms 1 and 2 then in Term 3 Y7 and 8 are taught thematically. This means the students study the same topic at the same time and it is differentiated to suit the year and individual needs of students.

In Year 9 the AQA GCSE course commences in Term 3. The topics we would have traditionally taught in Y9 are covered in the GCSE so students are not missing out, they will actually look in greater depth at the topics instead.

Y7: Topic 1 Geographical skills and applications

Y8: Topic 1 Population change

Y7 & 8: Topic 1 Ecosystems

Topic 2 Development & Settlements

Y9: Topic 1 Kenya

Topic 2 GCSE Natural Hazards

Topic 3 GCSE Urban Issues and Challenges

How will your child be assessed?

Students are assessed using GCSE questions and we will cover the range of question types that are asked at GCSE in KS3. Questions will be tailored to suit the content that students are learning and students will be taught how to develop GCSE skills so by the time they are in Y11 students are used to the language and requirements of GCSE questions. Assessments are built into the Schemes of Learning and will take place in lessons with the support of teachers.

How can you help your child?

Geography is all about being outside the classroom, by taking them on visits anywhere during the school holidays you will naturally encourage an interest in the world and how physical and human landscapes operate and interact! Encourage your child to read around the topics we are studying at home. They could carry out independent research using the internet or books. Enquire regularly what they are learning in Geography and encourage them to watch the news for current changes in the world as well as new discoveries and see whether there are any documentaries that could enhance their knowledge. Encourage them to read and write as much as possible – check their literacy and help them with spellings, punctuation and grammar.

How will Homework be organised?

There is currently no homework programme for KS3.

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  GCSE Geography

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

The Geography GCSE course examines aspects of both the human and physical environment as well as the inter-relationship between the two. 

Living with the physical environment:

Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK and The Living World.

Challenges in the human environment:

Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management.

Geographical applications:

A residential field trip to South Wales along with other day trips will extend students’ geographical skills and understanding.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

There are three written examinations at the end of the course:

Two examinations assess the student’s knowledge of the physical and human environment as well as geographical skills.  The third paper assesses the student’s ability to apply geographical skills through issue evaluation and fieldwork.

Unit 1 – Living with the Physical environment – Exam 35%

Unit 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment – Exam 35%

Unit 3 – Geographical Applications – Exam 30%

 

Am I suited to this subject?

Geography is well respected as a practical and creative problem solving subject.  An interest in global issues, travel and current affairs will be useful and will help students to create informed opinions.  If you wonder why there are rich and poor countries, how cities grow, how we can prevent flooding and how we can give our world a sustainable and safe future for all people and species, then Geography is for you. 

Students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).  Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.  Students are also encouraged to understand their own role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.  Students who have good spatial awareness and proficient literacy and numeracy will do well in the subject.