Geography introduces you to new skills, new places and new ideas. It is relevant in the world you live in.
- It encourages you to discuss current affairs
- If focuses on the environment and our interaction with it
- It involves practical outdoor fieldwork
- To develop learning through investigation and enquiry
Geography at De La Salle aims in teaching and learning:
- To stimulate students’ interest in their surroundings
- To foster a sense of wonder for the world around them
- To develop a concern for environmental issues facing the world
- To investigate a wide range of people, places and environments
- To carry out geographical enquiry
- To use a range of investigation and problem solving skills
- To enhance numeracy and literacy skills. The skills taught through Year 7-9 ensure the base knowledge is there preparing students for GCSE.
All end of unit assessments are based upon accumulative knowledge. This ensures the students understand what is expected at GCSE from Year 7.
Key Stage 3
Class questionnaire activity so as to meet new people. From this skills of data presentation and analysis are taken.
Baseline Assessment end of week 1
Basic map skills, continents and settlement
Resit baseline assessment to review progress over the first half term
Rivers and flooding – What happens to water when falls to the ground?
Tectonics – What do I know about volcanoes and earthquakes?
United Kingdom – What is its geography? Where the UK and what is it like locally, nationally and globally?
France and the European Union (EU)
Coasts (landforms and processes). Our use of the coastal environment. Project tourism booklet with translation of information into French or Spanish.
Crime (patterns, urban and rural geography). The social, economic and environmental effects of crime. This allows for data and pattern analysis as well as GIS through http://www.police.uk. This will cross link with SMSC as well as PSHE.
Ecosystems. This cross links with Science.
Europe / country study. The political and physical landscapes (RUSSIA)
Weather and climate. How does weather happen? How does it impact on people’s lives? Project weather rain gauge and the anemometer research practical
Brazil country study
The focus here is to introduce GCSE style assessments with a grade and level given. The topics should challenge and introduce the type of subject knowledge found in the new curriculum.
Development: Focus on the corruption perception index and how this directly impacts on socio-economic development within a country, region and place. Fair trade and globalisation. FT project where the students have to design and market a new t-shirt (SMSC) Aid funding project using Cafod resources.
Glaciation: Mountain extreme environments and the challenges posed by those wanting to climb. Use the Everest DVD. Landforms and processes need to be known.
Wasteful world/Climate change and Sustainability.
Tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate boundaries. Case study knowledge – Japan – March 2011, Montserrat – 1995-1997.
Fieldwork: Links to Key Stage 4 skills.
Key Stage 4
Students will experience different approaches to guide them through the GCSE course. Group work and class discussions help to develop understanding and communicate thoughts and ideas.
All students will regularly answer GCSE test questions to help with exam preparation, to inform teacher feedback and future planning. Practical fieldwork will help you understand contrasting environments. Year 11 fieldwork assists in the production an individual piece of controlled assessment. The new Year 10 will have the practical skills from fieldwork to assist in a written examination.
NEW YEAR 10 syllabus
The school is studying Edexcel GCSE Geography B. It consists of three components with final examinations after the two programme of study. Grading is 9 – 1
Component 1: Global Geographical Issues, 37.5% of the qualification
- Topic 1: Hazardous Earth
- Topic 2: Development dynamics
- Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world
Component 2: UK Geographical Issues, 37.5% of the qualification
- Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape
- Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape
- Topic 6: Geographical Investigations
Component 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions, 25% of the qualification
- Topic 7: People and the biosphere
- Topic 8: Forests under threat
- Topic 9: Consuming energy resources
The new GCSE curriculum requires practical fieldwork: The school visits to Walton on the Naze in the autumn term of Year 10 and Brighton in the summer of Year 10.
After each termly assessment grades will be maintained and intervention measures put in place to ensure academic progress is maintained in both KS3 and KS4.