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Geography

Geography is the world subject. It is up-to-date, relevant, exciting and adventurous. It provides an understanding of many big challenges facing the world and knowledge of complex physical and human interactions. Geography tackles issues that matter and evaluates and attempts to manage them.

At Ashlyns School, you have the opportunity to develop your geographical skills through a broad, balanced curriculum. We offer a series of interlinked courses that build on National Curriculum requirements and provide the framework to naturally progress to GCSE, and ultimately to AS- and A-level Geography.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography and enhances skills and investigation techniques. As a school we encourage the development of fieldwork skills and opportunities to explore familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Our field trips involve both local and international studies and have included; fieldwork within the school grounds; Barton-on-Sea, Bournemouth, Swanage, Barcelona and Iceland. More details and updates are being put on the Portal Geography area.

In addition to fieldwork, we regularly take groups on visits to develop their sense of enquiry of concepts such as; Y9 to the Natural History Museum and Y8 to Kew Gardens as part of Extended Learning Days. As members of the Royal Geographical Society and Geographical Association we also offer a programme of extra-curricular lectures for A Level students to enhance their geographical knowledge, as well as opportunities to attend A Level Hazards Conferences and study days at the RGS.  

Key Stage 3

Overview

Throughout KS3 students study a range of exciting and engaging topics to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of key themes such as: place, interdependence, environmental interactions, physical and human processes, cultural understanding and geographical enquiry and skills. The course structure is designed to progressively develop understanding of geography’s ‘big concepts’, through a range of stimulating teaching and learning activities that bring geography to life as part of progression to GCSE and A Level studies.

Year 7

Topics covered include:

  • Personal Geographies
  • About the UK
  • Coasts
  • China Today
  • Russia Today
  • Risky World

Year 8

Topics covered include:

  • Population
  • Development Dilemmas
  • Africa Continent of Contrasts
  • Ecosystems
  • Rivers
  • Weather and Climate

Year 9

Topics covered include:

  • Geography of Conflict
  • Antarctica and Cold Environments
  • Interconnected World
  • Urbanisation
  • Ecological Footprints and Futures

Assessment

Assessment involves a variety of activities that develop key geographical skills as well as numeracy and literacy. Assessment is carried out using a range of strategies including summative and formative techniques in the form of projects, independent enquiry, extended writing, unit assessments, peer assessment, self-assessment and assessment for learning.

Home-learning may include independent research tasks, takeaway homework activities, competitions or assessment preparation tasks.

Key Stage 4

We currently follow the exam board AQA Geography (2016) in Y10. This is a contemporary, issues-based specification using geographical concepts to explain key issues facing today’s world. It covers a balance of human and physical topics.

The specification requires students to complete two days of contrasting field studies including primary data collection. Year 10 students will carry out fieldwork on coastal conflicts and management in Barton-on-Sea and Bournemouth and an urban study. Data collected will be examined in Y11 examinations.

Course Structure

Year 10

Autumn

  • Natural Hazards
  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather Hazards
  • The Urban World
  • The Development Gap

Spring

  • UK Physical Landscapes
  • Rivers or Glacial landscapes in the UK
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal landscapes in the UK
  • Fieldwork skills

Summer

  • Coastal Fieldwork write-up
  • The Changing economy of the UK

Year 11

Y11 Geographers are still following the legacy Edexcel B GCSE course. Topics studied include:

Autumn

  • Globalisation
  • Water World
  • Development Dilemmas

Spring

  • Extreme Environments
  • Changing Settlements in the UK
  • Challenges of an Urban World

Summer

  • Preparation for Unit Three: Making Geographical Decisions
  • Preparation for Exams

Assessment for Current Y11

This is a linear course with all examined units taken in the summer of Y11

Unit 1

Tiered examination (1hr 15 min), total 78 marks

Unit 2

Tiered examination (1hr 15 min), total 78 marks

Unit 3

Tiered examination (1hr 30 min), total 53 marks

Unit 4

An internally assessed unit. The write-up of this research work is supervised in the     classroom, and the final unit is then sent to be externally moderated by the exam board.

Assessment for Current Y10

This is a linear course with all examined units taken in the summer of Y11

Unit 1

Examination (1hr 30 min), total 88 marks

Unit 2

Examination (1hr 30 min), total 88 marks

Unit 3

Examination (1hr 15 min), total 76 marks

Key Stage 5

For current Y12 we follow the new Edexcel (2016) A Level specification and Y13 the legacy A2 course.  The course allows a balance between your own particular physical, human and/or environmental interests and key geographical topics that provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for further study at higher education or for employment.

Y12 NEW Edexcel A Level: Year 1

Unit 1  
Unit 2 

LEGACY A2 level: Year 2

Unit 3: Contested planet
Unit 4: Geographical research

Assessment

Y12 – taken at the end of Y13 (2018)

  • Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes
  • Paper 2: Dynamic Place
  • Paper 3:Synoptic Investigation
  • Coursework (Independent Investigation) 3000-4000 words

A2 – taken at the end of Y13 (2017)

  • Unit 3 Contested planet Examination paper (2hr, 30min), 90 marks, comprising two sections and a resource booklet including synoptic resources, which are pre-released four weeks before the examination (60%)
  • Unit 4 Geographical research Examination (1hr, 30min), 70 marks. Research focus material is pre-released four working weeks before the examination (40%)

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an integral part of the A-level course. Previous trips have included residential courses in Malham Tarn, Yorkshire and Swanage, Dorset. These trips allow for essential studies in preparation for and the development of practical geographical skills including data collection and analysis, and the application of geographical information systems (GIS).

International trips have also included Barcelona and Iceland. More details about trips will be up dated soon on the Portal.