Geography

General Information

The Geography Department aims to enable all students to gain an understanding of some of the complex elements of the world they live in. The physical side of the subject encourages students to investigate how the natural systems of the planet function and how human behaviour can have beneficial or damaging impacts upon them. Issues such as the potential impacts of Climate Change are tackled along with the practical challenges of rising sea levels and changing natural habitats. On the human side of the subject topics include contemporary topics such as migration, globalisation and urbanisation and how the benefits brought to one section of global society may well be at the expense of quality of life for others. Throughout, students are encouraged to become steadily more independent in their learning as they explore and establish their own responses to the some of the many challenges facing them as they address their futures. 

Staffing

Staff MemberRole
 Mr C. Stubbs Subject Leader of Geography
 Miss A. Nixey Geography Teacher
 House Leader of Hammond House

Key Stage 3

All students follow the KS3 course in Years 7 and 8, receiving just less than 150 hours’ tuition over two years. 

Year 7Year 8
Planet ProgressHurricane Havoc
A Thirsty PlanetImpossible Places
Business BoomOur Restless Earth
Beautiful BrazilMegacities
Extreme EnvironmentsYorkshire’s Seaside
VolcanoesParadise Lost

Key Stage 4

The AQA Geography course is a new and exciting approach to Geography. It combines traditional Geographical skills and knowledge with the opportunity for students to draw upon their own experiences and use current topical Geography throughout their course. This course has been chosen due to the wide range of up to date, engaging and varied topics. All topics are underpinned by key Geographical Skills. Topics include:

Paper 1 - Physical geography- “Living with the physical environment”

  • Unit A: Challenges of natural hazards (Earthquakes, tropical storms, Climate Change).
  • Unit B: Physical landscapes in the UK (Rivers, Coasts,).
  • Unit C: The living world (Ecosystems, Rainforests, Cold Environments, Sustainability).

Paper 2 - Human Geography- “Challenges in the human environment”

  • Unit A: Urban issues and challenges (Urban growth in contrasting places).
  • Unit B: The changing economic world (Wealth and development differences).
  • Unit C: Issues of resource management (Supplies of water, food and energy).

Paper 3 - Geographical skills- “Geographical applications in issues and fieldwork”

  • Unit A: Issue evaluation (A pre-release booklet is studied in the lead-up to the exam).
  • Unit B: Fieldwork (Completion of two pieces of fieldwork in different places).
  • Unit C: Geographical skills (All exams will use data from maps, graphs and photos)

Examinations – All students will sit the same exam papers. Details for each paper:

  • Paper 1 - Physical geography– 35% (1hour 30mins): Written exam with some choice of questions.
  • Paper 2 à Human Geography – 35% (1Hour 30mins): Written exam with some choice of questions.
  • Paper 3 - Geographical skills – 30% (1 hour): Written exam using a range of resource materials. Fieldwork activities and findings will be assessed as part of this exam

The most up to date information can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Exam Board: AQA - GCSE Geography 8035

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment  

22nd May 2018 at 1.00pm 1Hr 30 minutes 

88 marks in totalIncluding 3 marks for SPaG 

Question styles:Multiple choice; Short   answers; calculations; open response; extended written argument with   evidenced point and informed conclusions. 

35%Section A Question 1: Challenge of NATURAL   HAZARDS
  1. Natural Hazards
  2. Tectonic Hazards
  3. Weather Hazards
a)      Tropical Storms
b)     UK Extreme Weather
c)      Climate Change

33 marks

Answer all questions.

Last question (9) is 9 marks plus 3 marks for SPaG.

Section B Question 2: LIVING WORLD
  1. Ecosystems
  2. Tropical Rainforests
  3. Hot Deserts You are not studying this! Don’t do!
  4. Cold Environments

25 marks

(9 marks for Cold Environments)

Answer all questions.

Section   C Questions 3-5: Physical LANDSCAPES in the UK
Qu 3) UK Coastal Landscapes
Qu 4) UK River Landscapes
Qu 5) UK Glacial   Landscapes You are not studying this! Don’t do!

30 marks

(15 each)ONLY Question

3 and 4

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment  

5th June 2018 at 1.00pm 1 Hr 30 minutes 

88 marks in totalIncluding 3 marks for SPaG 

Question styles:Multiple choice;short-structured answers;comprehension exercises,photo interpretation/   description, interpretation of maps, data responses, longer extended writing.

35%Section A Question 1: URBAN Issues and Challenges
  1. Urban World
  2. Urban growth in LIC City
  3. Urban Change in UK
  4. Urban Sustainability

33 marks

Answer all questions.

Last question (8) is 9 marks plus 3 marks for SPaG. 

Section B Question 2: Changing ECONOMIC world
  1. Global development gap
  2. Reducing the global development gap
  3. NEE Rapid Economic development
  4. UK Economic Future

30 marks

Answer all questions.

Section C Questions 3-5: Challenge of RESOURCE   MANAGEMENT
Qu 3) Resource   Management
Qu 4) Food You   are not studying this! Don’t do!
Qu 5) Water You   are not studying this! Don’t do!
Qu 6) Energy e.g. non-renewable and   renewable energy

25 marks

Answer ONLY Question 3 and 6

Paper 3: Geographical applications 

11th June 2008 at 1.00pm 1 Hr 15 minutes    

30%Section A: Issue Evaluation on Pre-Release   material
Questions based on   pre-released material (12 weeks before exam).Topics on any of the   compulsory sections of Paper 1 and 2.Critical thinking and   problem solving and Geographical skills.

37 marks

Answer all questions.

Last question is 9 marks plus 3 marks for SPaG.

Section B: Fieldwork on 2 compulsory human and   physical topics

(15% of final grade).   Fieldwork to include the enquiry process:
1) Identifying   suitable question;
2) Select, measure and record data;
3) Process and Present   data;
4) Describe, analyse and explain results;
5) Reach conclusions;
6)   Evaluate geographical enquiry

39 marks

Answer all questions.

Last question is 9 marks plus 3 marks for SPaG.

Revision Resources
GCSEPod website 
GCSE Bitesize Geography website 
S-Cool website 
Cool Geography website 
YouTube website (great for finding case study material) 
CGP AQA GCSE Geography revision guides and work booklets available from the Geography department 
Revision booklets provided by the Geography department
Revision Techniques
It is best to make   your revision a DOING task.  Don’t just sit and read through your geography books as your mind will tend to drift off onto other things, try and get actively involved in your revision.     Active revision techniques: - Make notes from your folder on each topic. This does not mean copying out.  Four or five pages can be squashed into one page of notes. You do not have to write in full sentences but you must write clearly so you understand what you are referring to when you come back to the information. - Make your own flash cards – question/s on one side and the answers on the other. - Draw spider diagrams for all the topics you have studied and put all the important information onto 1 sheet of A4. Once you’ve learnt the information try to re-draw the diagram without referring to your notes or a textbook. - Write the most important facts for a particular case study on a small card into a ‘Fact file’.   - Write out case study cards with information on important case studies. - Re-draw important diagrams and annotate them e.g. a cross section of a meander - Learn the words in each topic glossary and ask someone to test you - Attend revision sessions set up by the geography department - Watch the GCSE Bitesize videos and answer the questions on the relevant topics (refer to poster in department for programme times) - Watch the GCSEPods and make notes on them. - TEACH each other – as soon as you try to explain something to someone you will identify where you need to revise. - Practice as many past paper questions as possible and get your teacher to mark them. Even better, get your friend to mark them and give you feedback – then both of you are revising!

Facilities

All teaching rooms have interactive whiteboards and media projection facilities.  The department is keen to make use of modern technologies and is looking to develop greater use of GIS. There is a substantial range of published texts with Geog.123 being used in KS3 and syllabus specific texts being the basis for GCSE.  

Fieldwork Opportunities

In Key Stage 3 Geographical investigations take place in the school grounds and the surrounding city centre. In Key Stage 4 students visit two contrasting locations, one physical (the Holderness Coast) and one Human (Kingston upon Hull). These visits will form the basis of the coursework required for paper 3.