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Geography

Welcome to the Geography department.

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

 

Geography aims to develop and stimulate pupil interest and foster a sense of wonder about the variety of places and the complexity of the world. Through a study of Wales, Europe, other countries, different environments and issues in the news, learners extend their locational knowledge and understanding of how processes shape both natural and human landscapes.

They will be required to carry out investigations, use maps, gather data, and analyse and synthesise information. Pupils need to apply their gained knowledge and skills to explain relationships between places and processes at a range of scales from local to global. Pupils are encouraged to make informed judgements about everyday issues and develop and reflect on their own views and opinions.

 Geography is assessed through 4 strands; Locating places and environments, Understanding places and environments, Investigating and Communicating. 

 

 

Topics Covered in Year 7:

An introduction to Geography
Map skills
Wales
Settlement
Ecosystems

Topics Covered in Year 8:

Amazing Places
Population
Development

Topics Covered in Year 9:

Weather Hazards
Tectonic Activity
Water

Key Stage 4 (KS4)

 

The GCSE course involves the study of physical and human geography. The course is split into two sections; the core and the options. The core units studied during year 10 include the topics: Landscapes and Physical Processes, Rural-Urban Links. The option unit studied during year 10 is Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards.
 
The core units studied during year 11 include the topics: Weather, Climate and Ecosystems, and Development and Resource Issues. The option unit studied during year 11 is either Social Development Issues or Environmental Challenges. This is a linear qualification; there will be two written exams at the end of the course where all topics will be included. Each exam is worth 40% of the qualification. The course also includes two pieces of controlled assessment which will be completed under exam conditions and marked by WJEC. Combined, the controlled assessments are worth 20% of the qualification.

Key Stage 5 (KS5)

 

At AS level there are two units. Unit 1 studies Glaciated Landscapes and Tectonic Hazards. Unit 2 studies Changing Places. Unit 2 also requires Fieldwork Investigation on Physical and Human Geography.

In progressing to A2 students are introduced to a selection of more complex topics. Unit 3 will be assessed in three parts; Global Systems in Section A, Global Governance: Change and Challenges in Section B and 21st Century Challenges in Section C.

In Unit 4, Section A studies Tectonic Hazards, and Section B will have two themes; Energy Challenges and Dilemmas, and Weather and Climate.

The final unit, Unit 5 is a written independent investigation, which will be a non-exam assessment.

The Geography Department's trip to Italy; Pupils at the Roman Forum
The Geography Department's trip to Italy; Pupils at the Roman Forum