Geography

The Great Geography Bake Off 2017 - 2018

On Tuesday 17th October, the Geography Department held ‘The Great Geography Bake Off’ house competition open to students in all year groups.

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Studying geography gives students an opportunity to learn about the natural processes that shape our planet, the cultural diversity of its inhabitants, as well as an opportunity to engage in a range of local, national and global issues.

There are four specialist geography teachers in the department. In geography lessons we encourage students to work and think independently and by ensuring our teaching is stimulating, varied and creative. In the department, we strongly believe that fieldwork is an essential component of the subject and students will have an opportunity to take part in a fieldwork activity in almost every year at Goffs.

Key Stage 3 Geography

Geography is taught as an independent subject at Key stage 3.  Students have three lessons per fortnight and are taught using an enquiry based approach. Students are able to take part in local microclimate fieldwork and explore how safe Cheshunt is from crime. There is a rigorous assessment policy in place which tests pupils every half term and progress is tracked from year 7 to 8. After every assessment students are required to complete their own progress tracker and act on the feedback they are given from their teacher.

For more information click on the year 7 and year 8 links above.

GCSE Geography

Year 10 and 11 students studying GCSE Geography follow the AQA-A SPECIFICATION. We study six topics in total, three for the human paper and three for the physical paper. The physical geography topics students study are:   

  • Weather and Climate
  • The Coastal Zone
  • Restless Earth
  • The Human Geography topics are:
  • Population change
  • The development gap
  • Tourism

Fieldwork is undertaken each year in order to support controlled assessment. This counts towards 25% of students final grade. For more information and useful website click on the GCSE link above.

Year 9 students (starting in 2015) are studying GCSE Geography follow the AQA SPECIFICATION. This is currently a draft specification and we are awaiting the accreditation. We study six topics in total, three for Living with the Physical Environment, and three for Challenges in the Human Environment.

The Living with the Physical Environment are:

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • Living World
  • The Challenges in the Human Environment are:
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management

A Level Geography

 A-Level students study a variety of physical and contemporary human geography topics. In year 12 students get the opportunity to take part in a three day residential fieldtrip to develop their geographical skills and consolidate their knowledge of core topics. We currently follow the AQA A-level specification.

 

Year 7

Term

Topic

Assessment – enquiry question

Assessment format

Useful links

Autumn 1

My Place in the World

What are my local, national connections?

Map skills assessment
(Teacher)

Autumn 2

Dangerous Planet

Where is the most dangerous place to live on the planet?

Newspaper article about a natural disaster.
(Teacher)

Spring 1

 

Are the Brazil Olympics a super success or a downright disaster?

Written letter

Spring 2

Africa

A continent of contrasts?

Unseen test
(Teacher)

 

Summer 1

Weather & Climate

Where should Mrs Garner build the school BBQ?

Fieldwork report
(Teacher)

Summer 2

Crumbling Coastlines

Why is our coastline changing?

Unseen test (Teacher)

 

 

Year 8

Term

Topic

Assessment

Assessment format

Useful links

Autumn 1

Crime

How safe is Cheshunt? Fieldwork report (teacher Crime - Bitesize

Autumn 2

Endangered ecosystems

Does deforestation mean disaster or development? Written essay (Teacher) Tropical rainforests 
Tropical Rainforests Information

Spring 1

Global Development – Are the Sustainable Development Goals a distant dream or a realistic reality?

Sustainable Development Goals – distant dream or realistic reality? Written essay (Teacher)

Poverty & Hunger 
World Mapper 

Millennium Development Goals BBC Bitesize

Spring 2

Climate Change

How is our Earth changing? Unseen test

Climate change link

Impacts link

Summer 1

China

One Child Policy Past GCSE question paper (Peer and teacher) China's One Child Policy - BBC Bitesize

Summer 2

Global Issues -Geography of the future

Student choice of one global issue

Group presentation (Peer & teacher) www.bbc.co.uk/news 
New Scientist Climate Change 
Water wars

 

 

GCSE Years 9 & 10

Specification link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Every half term students are assessed using past exam paper questions and GCSE grades (1-9) in preparation for GCSE Geography final exams (Paper 1, 2 and 3). These exams (100% of the overall Geography grade) will be taken in June 2018/2019. Students will complete a fieldwork data collection in the summer term of 2017 and 2018. All GCSE topics to be studied are listed below:

Paper 1 –Living with the Physical Environment – Challenges of Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes of the UK, Living World

Paper 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment – Urban Issues and Challenges, Changing Economic World, Resource Management

Paper 3 – Geographical Application – Issue Evaluation, Fieldwork, skills

Exam Papers

Sections and Titles

Topics within sections

Assessment

Paper 1 – Living with the physical landscape

Section A (All 33 marks)
Challenge of natural hazards

  • Natural Hazards
  • Tectonics
  • Weather
  • Climate

1hr30 – 88 marks
35%

Section B (25 marks)
The Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Hot deserts (C)

Section C (2 questions from 3,4 and 5) (30 marks)
Physical Landscapes in the UK

  • UK Physical Landscapes
  • Coasts (C)
  • Rivers (C)

Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment

Section A (33 marks)
Urban Issues and Challenges

 

1hr30 – 88 marks
35%

Section B (30 marks)
The Changing Economic World

 

Section C (25 marks)
The Challenge of Resource Management

  • Resource Management
  • Water(C)

Paper 3 – Geographical Application

Section A (37 marks)
Pre-release booklet

 

1 hr15 – 76 marks 30%

Section B (39 marks)
Skills
Fieldwork

 

 

Year 9 Curriculum Map 2016/17:
         

Year

Half Term

Topic

N° of lessons

Exam Paper

9

1

The Challenge of Natural Hazards

20

Paper 1 (A)

2

Urban Issues and Challenges

20

Paper 2 (A)

3

4

The Living World

20

Paper 1 (B)

5

6

London Fieldtrip (Human Fieldtrip)

12

Paper 3 (B)

Year 10 Curriculum Map 2016/17:
     

Year

Half Term

Topic

N° of lessons

Exam Paper

10

1

London Fieldtrip (Human Fieldtrip)

12

Paper 3 (B)

2

The Living World

20

Paper 1 (B)

3

Physical Landscapes in the UK 
(ONLY PHYSICAL LANDSCAPES AND COASTS)

12

Paper 1 (C)

4

Walton on the Naze (Physical Fieldwork)

8

Paper 3 (B)

5

The Challenge of Resource Management (water)

20

Paper 2 (C)

6

Specimen Papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/assessment-resources

Command words for exam questions: http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/as-and-a-level/geography/teach/command-words

A Level Geography

Subject Documents Date  
Changing Urban Booklet.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Coasts case studies.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Command words.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Iceland Newspaper Entry.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Population case studies.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Population.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Self Assessment grid Changing Urban Environments.xlsx 21st Aug 2017 Download
Self Assessment grid Coasts.xlsx 21st Aug 2017 Download
Self Assessment grid Restless Earth.xlsx 21st Aug 2017 Download
Self Assessment grid tourism.xlsx 21st Aug 2017 Download
Self Assessment Population grid.xlsx 21st Aug 2017 Download
Self Assessment weather and climate.xlsx 21st Aug 2017 Download
Tourism Booklet.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download
Tourism Case Studies.pdf 21st Aug 2017 Download