Mrs H Glentworth –
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“Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is also one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world’s current problems boil down to Geography and need the Geographers of the future to help us to understand them.” Michael Palin
The Geography Department at Oriel pride ourselves in teaching engaging, stimulating and enjoyable lessons that help students to understand the importance of their own decisions across a variety of scales. Students are given opportunities to explore both the human and the natural world and the implications of change for future generations.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students study a Humanities curriculum of six lessons across a fortnight which incorporates aspects of Geography, History and RE over the year.
In Year 8 students study Geography for two hours over a fortnight and in Year 9, three hours.
Extreme Weather with a case study focusing on Hurricane Katrina
Population Change and future implications for Governments
Dangerous Earth with a case study focus on earthquakes in Japan and volcanoes in the Pacific Rim
Trade, Aid and Development with a case study focus on Nike and Fair Trade
Rocks, Soils and Weathering focusing on practical in class investigations
Natural Hazards studying changing rivers and the implications of flooding
Glaciation, threats and the Ice Age
Urban Issues considering two of the world’s largest mega-cities
Coastal Geography with a focus on Government Decision Making and Map Skills
Key Stage 4
Statistics show that compared to other subjects Geography Graduates are among the most employable. This is a reflection of the fact that Geography is a subject that combines the facts of science alongside an understanding of the arts while in addition teaching students useful life skills such as problem solving and the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). We currently follow the Edexcel B syllabus that can be found at: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/geography/b/Pages/default.aspx
The course consists of four different units with two being studied in Year 10 and two in Year 11.
Students study a combination of topics from Unit 1 and Unit 2 in Year 10. Unit 1 (Dynamic Planet) covers Physical Geography and explores how changes in the natural world can have serious implications for the future. Although the Unit is based around the natural world students are also expected to make decisions about how topical news stories can affect people in the area and thus they investigate issues from different viewpoints.
Unit 2 (People and the Planet) focuses on Human Geography and considers the processes driving change and how they operate and interact, the changes affecting human development, the issues that surround this change and the various approaches to managing change.
Unit 3 is a Controlled Assessment assignment and students are required to collect primary fieldwork data, analyse it back in class and then use GIS and other tools to present the data and draw conclusions. In the past, students have studied Shoreham Beach and have collected evidence to show whether this location is at risk from physical processes.
Students complete the remaining half of the twelve topics (six from Unit 1 and six from Unit 2).
Unit 3 is a Decision Making Paper and can be based on any of the physical or human units previously studied.
Key Stage 5
Geography is a flexible subject about the real world outside the classroom. Geography teaches you about the Earth’s places, people, environments and societies and helps you to understand the relationships that exist between these. It is a subject about now and the future.
Geography is a “living” subject happening everywhere around us and offers an opportunity to investigate past, present and future trends. Geography can lead to a wide and varied number of careers or to broaden your understanding of the world, its environments and its peoples.
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Students opting for Geography at A-Level will study the AQA A syllabus that can be found at this link http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/a-level/geography-2030
Students study for two exams in their first year. Unit 1 looks at both Physical and Human Geography. We currently study Rivers and Coasts linked with statistical data and fieldwork for the Physical option and then Population and Health Issues for the Human option.
Fieldwork is an integral part of the syllabus and currently students visit Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre in Term 1b of their first year. Practical fieldwork allows students to analyse the Geographical Theory outside the classroom.
Unit 2 is a skills based paper and most of these skills are gained during the fieldwork process. Students are required to complete statistical tests, radial diagrams, triangular graphs, kite diagrams, interquartile ranges and as such it is advised that they have a grade C in Maths at GCSE.
Students study two Units. Unit 3 focuses on Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards for the Physical option and Development and Globalisation for the Human option.
Unit 4 provides two different options that can be varied year to year. Students either use primary fieldwork to answer an exam paper based around it OR they answer questions based on a Pre-Release booklet which is not made available until the 1st of April. Both of these Papers aim for students to provide evidence of their analytical skills with a focus on the synthesis of information and reference to evaluative procedures necessary when out in the field.