Head of Department: Mr Carter
The Geography Department encourages curiosity and fascination about the ever-changing world around them. We equip scholars with knowledge and skills to understand a range of diverse places and those who inhabit them. At Ark Greenwich Free School, scholars 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 scholars to become geographical thinkers, who can read a landscape and find innovative solutions to the challenges facing our planet in the 21st century and beyond.
Our curriculum will aid scholars 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
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In Key Stage 3 we teach scholars 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 scholars’ interest in the causes, processes and solutions to problems and issues. Within the KS3 curriculum we build on place knowledge and the interactions between human and physical environments.
Scholars in KS3 also learn the principle skills needed to succeed in KS4 Geography by underpinning the key principles of fieldwork and how to accurately collect and interpret data to better understand geographical issues.
To best prepare scholars for lifelong success in geography, the following power standards have been applied to the curriculum. Scholars will master the following:
- Geographical knowledge of places and environments at different scales.
- Explain the geographical processes that exist within the human and physical landscape.
- Understand the impact of human and physical interactions on the environment.
- Build geographical skills to accurately read and interpret a range of maps, graphs and photographs accurately.
- The application of Geography through conducting geographical enquiries and fieldwork (decision making).
- Possess a detailed knowledge of case studies that can be applied across a range of contexts.
- Able to debate social, moral, political and cultural 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 an in-depth enquiry into their local area.|
|Term 2||Rivers and our diverse world||The features, processes and landforms found on a river from source to mouth. Overview of how rivers are managed with a fieldwork enquiry to the river Thames.
Explore the diverse and fragile landscapes around the world and how people interact within them.
|Term 3||Natural Hazards||A comparison of how tectonic hazards affect HIC and LICs. Overview on their management.|
|Year 8||Content covered||What is being assessed in the end of term exam|
|Term 1||Resource management and Africa||Overview of how resources are managed around the world. The changing 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 on Nigeria and Ethiopia.
|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.
|Term 3||Geographical fieldwork and enquiry.
Sustainability and Crime
|Investigation into how sustainably you live. Featuring sustainable living, waste management, sustainable cities and tourism.
The Geography of crime. Scholars conduct fieldwork and use GIS to explore crime patterns in their local area. Scholars use primary and secondary data to present and evaluate their findings.
|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 country's 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.|
|Term 3||The Living World||Ecosystems
Key stage 3 revision
Within key stage 3, the department uses a range of revision techniques such as memory clocks, flash cards and worked exam questions. Scholars are taught how to revise in classes before their examinations and use independent learning time to carry out additional revision.
Key stage 4 curriculum
Scholars in key stage 4 follow the AQA specification (8035) for GCSE. It is a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows scholars to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.
Scholars also carry out two important fieldwork investigations on rivers and urban redevelopment that are essential for the exam.
Scholars 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
||Written GCSE exam on Rivers and Urban Issues and Challenges following the AQA (8035) specification.|
|Term 2||The Challenge of Natural Hazards
||Written GCSE style exam on The Challenge of Natural Hazards following the AQA (8035) specification.|
|Term 3||Geographical Applications and Fieldwork
||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
||Mock Examination of Paper 1 and Paper 2 using AQA exams (8035) specification.|
|Term 2||Coasts and the Challenge of Resource Management
||Mock Examination of all three AQA papers (8035) specification.|
|Term 3||Issue Evaluation and Fieldwork
||Mini mock for Issue evaluation based on the content released 12 weeks prior to exam.|
Key stage 4 revision
The Geography department uses a range of revision techniques for key stage 4. For example, the department uses a QLA from exam cycles to produce personalized learning checklists for scholars. 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.
The Geography department adheres to the following feedback standards:
- Scholars will receive individual and group verbal feedback every single lesson
- Scholars 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 scholars from an activity planned by the teacher.
- Scholars will be formally assessed at the end of every half term.
- Scholars will give each other self and peer feedback in lessons in addition to teacher feedback.
Ambition and careers
Geography teaches scholars key skills required in every industry. Scholars 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 highly value a GCSE and/or A Level in Geography and is one of the highest recruited degrees after scholars leave university.
Enrichment and Drop Down Days
During Drop Down Days we visit the following places to enrich scholars’ 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 scholars' understanding of earthquakes and volcanoes.
Maths and Geography STEAM day – scholars carry out fieldwork investigations and practice map skills by working cross curricular with the Mathematics department.
Year 10 – Fieldwork trip to the Greenwich Peninsula to investigate the impacts of urban renewal on people and the environment.
Year 11 – River fieldwork to investigate fluvial processes and landscapes.