Head of Department: Mr Carter

 

The Geography department encourages curiosity and fascination about the ever-changing world around them. We equip pupils with knowledge and skills to understand a range of diverse places and those who inhabit them. At Ark Greenwich Free School, students explore a range of natural and human environments to develop a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

We wish for students to become geographical thinkers, who can read a landscapes and find innovative solutions to the challenges facing our planet in the 21st century and beyond.

Our curriculum will aid students to develop their analytical skills as well as learning to evaluate and interpret a range of geographical resources through a variety of both practical and written tasks in and outside the classroom.

“GEOGRAPHY EXPLAINS THE PAST, ILLUMINATES THE PRESENT AND PREPARES US FOR THE FUTURE. WHAT COULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT?”

MICHAEL PALIN 2007

 

Key stage 3 curriculum

In key stage 3 we teach students how to think and act like a geographer. We aim to boost their environmental consciousness and push them to have a high global awareness of current world events and issues. We support students’ interest in the causes, processes and solutions to problems and issues. Within the KS3 curriculum we build on place knowledge and the interactions between the human and physical environment.

Students in KS3 also learn the principal skills needed to succeed in KS4 Geography by underpinning the key principals of fieldwork and how to accurately collect and interpret data to greater understand geographical issues.

 

Year 7:

 

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Map Skills and Geographical features of the UK Knowledge of map skills and in depth understanding of their local area.
Term 2 Rivers and Extreme environments Features, processes and landforms or rivers. Management of rivers. Understanding of an extreme environment and how people interact with it.
Term3 Natural Hazards Tectonic hazards cause and effects in a HIC and LIC case studies and how they are managed.

 

Year 8:

 

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Resource management and Africa Energy mix of the UK and evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy. Overview of Africa and its climatic differences. Case study of the importance of Nigeria nationally and internationally. 
Term 2 Coasts and Population Coastal processes, landforms and management along the coastline. Global population trends and reasons for them. Projected changes and a geographical inquiry into the impact it will have on people and the environment.
Term3 Globalisation and Geographical fieldwork enquiry Factors that has led to globalization and the impact it has on society. Local fieldwork write up and presentation on skills.

 

Year 9:

 

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Natural Hazards Understanding what causes tectonic hazards. Case study on the causes, effects and responses of an earthquake or volcano. Comparison of the management between two tectonic events.
Term 2 Development and climate change Overview of how to measure a countries level of development. Causes and impacts of uneven development. Strategies to reduce the development gap. Natural and human causes of climate change. Past, current and future impacts of climate change.
Term3 The Living World Ecosystems   

Temperate woodlands

Tropical rainforests

Hot deserts (subject option specialism

 

Key stage 3 revision

Within key stage 3, the department use a range of revision techniques such as memory clocks, flash cards and worked exam questions. Students are taught how to revise in classes before their examinations and use independent learning time to carry out additional revision.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

Students in key stage 4 follow the AQA specification (8035) for GCSE. It is a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

Students also carry out two important fieldwork investigations on rivers and urban redevelopment that are essential for the exam.

Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Year 10:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Rivers and Urban Issues and Challenges    

River landforms

Long and cross profile of a river

Causes and effects of flooding

Storm Hydrographs

Flood management

Urbanization in a city of an LIC and HIC

Case study Rio and London

Urban sustainability

Written GCSE exam on Rivers and Urban Issues and Challenges following the AQA (8035) specification.
Term 2 The Challenge of Natural Hazards –    

Understanding natural hazards

Tectonic hazards

Weather hazards

Climate change

Written GCSE style exam on The Challenge of Natural Hazards following the AQA (8035) specification.
Term3 Geographical Applications and Fieldwork    

-Human Fieldwork in Greenwich Peninsular for urban renewal

-Geographical skills, data collection, presentation and evaluation.

Written GCSE style exam following the AQA (8035) specification using fieldwork collected in Greenwich on urban renewal.

 

Year 11:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 The Changing Economic World    

-Overview of how to measure a countries level of development.

-Causes and impacts of uneven development

-Reducing the development gap

-Case study on Nigeria as NEE

-Case study of the Economy of the UK

Mock Examination of Paper 1 and Paper 2 using AQA exams (8035) specification.
Term 2 Coasts and the Challenge of Resource Management    

-Coastal processes and landforms or erosion and deposition.

-Management of the coast and evaluation of conflicts it may cause.

-Changing demand for resources around the world and their distribution.

-Water (unit specialism)

Mock Examination of all three AQA papers (8035) specification.
Term3 Issue Evaluation and Fieldwork    

Physical fieldwork – Fluvial processes

Human fieldwork – Urban redevelopment

Geographical skills

Pre-release of issue evaluation

Mini mock for Issue evaluation based on the content released 12 weeks prior to exam.

 

Key stage 4 revision

The Geography department use a range of revision techniques for key stage 4. For example, the department use a QLA from exam cycles to produce personalized learning checklists for students. We use past exam questions and worked answers to model good outcomes and a range of bespoke revision guides with workbooks. We also use PIXL for Geography to complete independent learning exercises.

 

Feedback

The Geography department adheres to the following feedback standards:

  • Pupils will receive individual and group verbal feedback every single lesson
  • Pupils will receive written feedback typically once every 5-6 lessons. This feedback may be written by the teacher but could also be written by the pupils from an activity planned by the teacher.
  • Students will be formally assessed at the end of every half term.
  • Students will give each other self and peer feedback in lessons in addition to teacher feedback.

 

Ambition and careers

Geography teaches students key skills required in every industry. Students are taught to work collaboratively, think both critically and creatively, solve problems and debate over a variety of issues.

Geography links and supports other subjects such as English and other Humanities disciplines. Many universities value highly a GCSE and/or A Level in Geography and is one of the highest recruited degrees after students leave university.

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

During Drop Down Days we visit the following places to enrich students geographical learning:

Year 8 – Fieldwork trip to Walton on the Naze to investigate the management strategies on the coastline.

Year 9 – Natural History Museum to compliment students understanding of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Maths and Geography STEAM day – Students carry out fieldwork investigations and practice map skills by working cross curricular with the mathematics department.

Year 10 – Fieldwork trip to the Greenwich Peninsular to investigate the impacts of urban renewal on people and the environment.

Year 11- Rivers fieldwork to investigate fluvial processes and landscapes.