Geography

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 six 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

Students studying GCSE Geography follow the AQA-A SPECIFICATION. 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

At A-Level, we currently follow the AQA A-Level specification.  Students at A-Level 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. In Year 13, students visit Stratford to focus on their NEA write up which is worth 20% of their A-Level mark.

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

Crumbling Coastlines

Why is our coastline changing?

Unseen test (Teacher)

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

Brazil Olympics

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

Written letter

 

 

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

Fantastic Places

What are our worlds fantastic places? 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 will count for 100% of their overall Geography grade. 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 Environment

Section A (All 33 marks)
Challenges of Natural Hazards

  • Natural Hazards
  • Tectonics
  • Weather
  • Climate

1hr30 – 88 marks
35%

Section B (25 marks)
Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Hot deserts (C)

Section C (2 questions from 3,4 and 5) (30 marks)
Physical Landscapes of 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 2019/20:
         

Year

Half Term

Topic

N° of lessons

Exam Paper

9

1

The Challenge of
Natural Hazards

20

Paper 1 (A)

2

The Challenge of
Natural Hazards
  Paper 1 (A)

Urban Issues and Challenges

20

Paper 2 (A)

3

4

Urban Issues and Challenges   Paper 2 (A)

 Living World

20

Paper 1 (B)

5

6

Living World/End of Year 9 mock exam

 

Paper 1 (B)

Year 10 Curriculum Map 2019/20:
     

Year

Half Term

Topic

N° of lessons

Exam Paper

10

1

Human Fieldwork-Stratford, London

12

Paper 3

2

The Challenge of Resource Management

20

Paper 2 (C)

3

The Challenge of Resource Management   Paper 2 (C)

Physical Landscapes in the UK
(Coasts and Rivers)

20

Paper 1 (C)

4

5

Physical Landscapes in the UK
(Coasts and Rivers)

20

Paper 1 (C)

6

End of Year 10 mock exam/
Work Experience
   

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

GCSE Year 11

 

Year

Half Term

Topic

N° of lessons

Exam Paper

11

1

Physical Fieldwork-
Walton-on-the-Naze

12

Paper 3

2

Changing Economic World 20 Paper 2 (B)

Changing Economic World

 

 

3

4

Pre-Release 5 Paper 3

 Exam Revision

 

 

5

6

Exam Revision

 

 

 

 

Case-studies-and-example-list-for-AQA-GCSE-paired-with-CGP-revision-guide.docx

Case-studies-and-example-list-for-AQA-GCSE.docx

P1-Physical-landscapes-in-the-UK.docx

P1-The-Living-World.docx

P1-The-Living-World.docx

P2-The-Challenge-of-Resource-Management.docx

P2-The-Changing-Economic-World.docx

P2-The-Changing-Economic-World.docx

P3-Fieldwork.docx
P3-Skills.docx

 

AS Geography

A Level Geography