Geography

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Geography

Geography is the scientific study of the world, it explores the physical and human processes of the world and how these interact.

‘Geography serves vital educational goals. Many contemporary challenges – climate change, food security, energy choices – cannot be understood without a geographical perspective. Thinking and decision making with geography helps us to live our lives as knowledgeable citizens, aware of our own local communities in a global setting. Using maps and mediated images of people and place, numerical data and graphical modes of communication, and getting to grips with the geographic information systems (GIS) that underpin our lives, make geographers skilful and employable. At the same time, studying the beauty of Earth and the awesome power of Earth-shaping forces can fascinate, inspire and take us out of ourselves.’ (The Geographical Association).

This course will allow students to continue on to A-Level Geography at Post-16 education.

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Why do we teach Geography?

Geography inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Geography equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

What would I learn in Geography?

Year 7

Geographical Skills – Mapskils and Numeracy Skills to equip you for the rest of their geographical learning at Starbank.

Our Island Home -This unit of work matches the new GCSE specification and paper 2 which has a focus on the UK’s human and physical features. This unit will develop an understanding of the UK as well as exploring key geographical concepts which impact our daily lives.

Changing Coasts and Rapid Rivers’ – This unit of work has a focus on the UK’s physical features and the geographical processes which have created them.

Year 8

Booming Brazil – This unit links aspects of Paper 1 and paper 3 of the new GCSE specification. We look at the Geography and Economy of an ‘Emerging Country’ and the threats to Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest

How would I learn in Geography?

You will study a varied Geography curriculum which covers human and physical Geography as well as incorporating the skills required to continue the subject at GCSE. Geography offers a wide variety of activities in class and for homework. You will be assessed throughout the year using 9-1 levels (in conjunction with the new GCSE grading system). These assessments are varied in their nature, including essay writing; enquiry-based learning; decision making exercises and end of unit tests.

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Why do we teach Geography?

The study of geography stimulates an interest about places, people and the environment. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change.

At University level, Geography graduates become some of the most sought after graduates by employers due to the holistic overview the subject offers on many of the world’s current issues- at a variety of scales from global to local.

What would I learn in Geography?

GCSE Geography consist of three units consisting of the following components:

Global Geographical Issues (Paper 1)

UK Geographical Issues

(Paper 2)

People and Environmental Issues- Making Geographical Decisions (Paper 3)

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape

Topic 7: People and the biosphere

Topic 2: Development Dynamics

Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape

Topic 8: Forests under threat

Topic 3: Challenges of an Urbanising World

Topic 6: Geographical investigations (one physical and one human fieldwork trip)

Topic 9: Consuming energy resources

 

 

Topic 10: Making a geographical decision

  • The GCSE is 100% exam based with three examinations.
  • Global Geographical Issues and UK Geographical Issues are both 90 minute examinations worth 94 marks and 37.5% of the qualification respectively.
  • People and Environmental Issues- Making Geographical Decisions is a 90 minute exam worth 64 marks and 25% of the qualification.

Two fieldwork trips are compulsory to the teaching of the course.

How would I learn in Geography?

The specification content is framed by geographical enquiry questions that encourage an investigative approach to each of the key ideas. As part of the enquiry process, students are encouraged to use integrated geographical skills, including appropriate mathematics and statistics, in order to explore geographical issues.

All three examinations include multiple-choice questions; short open responses; calculations and extended writing tasks that focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

Edexcel Geography B

Course Makeup:

  • Exams 100% 100%
  • Coursework 0% 0%

Exam Structure:

  • Paper One: Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics, The Challenges of an Urbanising World
  • Paper Two: The UK’s evolving physical landscape, The UK’s evolving human landscape, Geographical investigations
  • Paper Three: People and the biosphere, Forests under threat, Consuming energy resources, Making a geographical decision

Staff in Department

Head of Department:

Mrs F Cattell

Useful Website Links:

Recommended Revision Guides:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B Revision Guide

Name:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B Revision Guide

Author:
Pearson
Available from School Office:
Yes – £6.00
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B Revision Workbook

Name:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography B Revision Workbook

Author:
Pearson
Available from School Office:
Yes – £6.00
GCSE Geography Edexcel B: Investigating Geographical Issues - Revision Guide

Name:

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Geography Edexcel B: Investigating Geographical Issues – Revision Guide

Author:
CPG
Available from School Office:
No
GCSE Geography Edexcel B: Investigating Geographical Issues - Revision Workbook

Name:

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Geography Edexcel B: Investigating Geographical Issues – Revision Workbook

Author:
CPG
Available from School Office:
No

Contact Geography Department

Please use the form bellow to contact the English department or alternatively please email geography@starbank.bham.sch.uk

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