St Thomas More Catholic High School

Geography

Geography is one of the most essential subjects in today's every changing world. Faced with Population issues, global climate change and environmental degradation, citizens of the 21st century need to understand the interconnectedness of our biome.  Pupils will not only master the basic skills of map reading, place and space but also extend their abilities outward to problem solving case studies and research projects on far away places.

 

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Geography lessons take pupils to a diverse mixture of places on a range of scales, from local to global.  Pupils will explore cultures, places and environments while learning about how we are connected to other parts of the world.  We identify geographical patterns and processes and how social, economic and environmental factors affect the world we live in.  We practice geographical enquiry both inside and outside the classroom, and use a range of geographical skills and resources to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us.
 
Topics covered are:

Each Key Stage 3 topic lasts approximately six weeks and ends with an assessment.  The purpose of this is to monitor pupils’ progress and to ensure that they are on track to meet their target grade.  The assessments vary in style but always reflect GCSE styles.

This diversity should ensure that all pupils achieve their potential.  Assessment is, however, an ongoing process and pupils’ classwork will be monitored and marked by their teacher twice termly.  Pupils will record their assignment levels on the record sheet on the inside front cover of their exercise books.  They are also encouraged to make notes on how they could improve their work in future.

All pupils will be provided with home learning tasks on the levelled assignments in addition to smaller  research tasks which the teacher might set as appropriate.

  

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
 Starting 2016 : AQA GCSE 9-1 Geography (8035) 
  •  Unit 1 Living in the physical environment (1 hr 30 exam)
  • Unit 2 Challenges of the Human environment (1 hr 30 exam)
  • Unit 3 Geographical Applications ( 1 hr 15 exam)

 

 Eco Group

The Eco Group is a means of allowing pupils to become involved in ECO issues in our local community.  Each form has a representative who attends the regular lunchtime sessions where discussions take place on what can be achieved to make the school more ECO friendly.  Activities are then planned and carried out.

 

Revision Tips
Pay attention to detail on maps and case studies
Look carefully at the data / Don’t rush
Give examples to back up your ideas

 

Revision Information

 Contacts

You can contact the Curriculum Leader, Mr Hallam, by e-mail here.