Our intent in Geography is to inspire in students a fascination and curiosity about the world around them and its people. We endeavour to ensure that all students leave us either at the end of KS3 or KS4 as global citizens, with a good understanding of the prominent issues faced by the population and the planet. Due to our rural location, we hope to expose students to aspects of human geography they may not otherwise experience or consider and help them to understand what is happening in the natural world around them. We hope that whilst in the department students are confident enough to question stereotypes and misconceptions and move forward with an open mind.
Each topic in the KS3 scheme of work develops the core themes from the geography curriculum; Geographical knowledge, Physical geography, Human geography, Environmental change and sustainability, decision making, Geographical skills.
When students arrive in KS3 we study the different Geographical skills needed for the study of Geography. We then look at different physical and human aspects of Geography and use local, national and international case studies to bring the topics to life.
AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales
AO2 - Demonstrate geographical understanding of;
- concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes
- the inter-relationships between places, environmnets and processes
AO3 - Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues and to make judgements.
AO4 – Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.
At GCSE topics are rotated between physical and human aspects of geography to ensure all students remain engaged and interested throughout the course.
During Y9 students are still exposed to topics not assessed at GCSE, particularly environmental topics, to encourage them to think about how the actions of humans impacts the world around them and to prepare them for life once they leave school.
We have developed a spiralling curriculum where key skills are periodically revisited to allow for gradual development and understanding.
Extended writing and methods of revision are taught explicitly to students.
Literacy and numeracy are important parts of the geography curriculum with strong cross curricular links to numeracy through geographical skills eg drawing and interpreting graphs and literacy through extended writing and PEE essays.
Students are assessed against their assigned flightpaths. In KS3 there is a formal written assessment at least twice a term. One of these will be a decision making exercise which includes extended writing opportunities, the other will include exam style questions.
In KS4 students are assessed against flightpaths and target grades. RAP tests are introduced in Y10, where students practice exam style questions every fortnight. This are used alongside end of unit assessments and formal mock exams. Where students fall below their predicted flightpath/target grade, extra support session are offered.
The number of students opting to study Geography as a chosen GCSE option is steadily increasing.
Banovallum students achieve results comparative to the national average and their target grades. In 2018/19 the cohorts SPI was 0.06.
Geography is the study of the world around us. It is therefore beneficial for students to follow current world affairs and news stories. Some suggested websites are below but with the world wide web at their fingertips the possibilities for students are endless.